Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Uncommon Descent's Inquisition

Arrington: "I find your lack of faith disturbing."

Ye shall know them by their fruits.

With "Only Those Who Admit the Foundation of Argumentation Will Be Allowed To Argue at UD," Barry Arrington hits the trifecta of despicability: creationist, lawyer, tyrant.

Here is Arrington playing the full-on bully:
I am today announcing a new moderation policy at UD. At any time the moderator reserves the right to ask the following question to any person who would comment or continue to comment on this site: “Can the moon exist and not exist at the same time and in the same formal relation?” The answer to this question is either “yes” or “no.” If the person gives any answer other than the single word “no,” he or she will immediately be deemed not worth arguing with and therefore banned from this site.

We will start with Petrushka to demonstrate the application of the policy. Petrushka, can the moon exist and not exist at the same time and in the same formal relation?
In other words: at any time, I can choose not to ban you straight out or to ignore you. Instead, I can give you an arbitrary test, which you will undoubtedly fail. Then, it will be your fault that I banned you.

The thread has resulted in the booting of several commentators, although at least one ID-friendly participant was given a chance to repent. These actions come from the people who whine about being "expelled" all the time!

And ID windbag kairosfocus once cried and cried that I brought in the name Torquemada to describe his debating approach! Looks like the inquisitorial comparison was accurate for Arrington's UD.

Now, Barry, what is that evidence supporting ID? What are those arguments?


  1. "Can the moon exist and not exist at the same time and in the same formal relation?"

    BUT! But...but...but... as Stephen Hawking has stated, "When I hear Schrodinger's cat, I reach for my pistol."

  2. I am almost tempted to head over there and write:

    "The answer is obviously No. There is no such thing as a moon."



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