This is my second open letter to you in this forum. The first one was in response to your question about why I don’t respond to your postings on your Facebook wall.
This one is about your responses on mine. I have said in the past that you are free to comment, but that has changed. From now on, I request that you to adhere to ground rules. I will explain.
You will recall, a recent exchange, which went like this:
Terrell: “‘The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” ~ Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.”
Les: “It would be horrible if it were true, but she never said it. You obviously got this from an unreliable source. Actually Margaret Sanger was against abortion.”
Les: “Obviously, the group you took the quotation from took it out of context.” You went on to cite a lengthy excerpt from the book by Margaret Sanger. Your excerpt included the Sanger quote verbatim.
Terrell: I thanked you for verifying that Margaret Sanger did in fact make that statement. I noted that your first response had been incorrect, offering you an opportunity to explain yourself.
Les: “Yes, she said it, but you took it out of context to make it sound like she supported abortion. I had tried to look up the quotation, but could only find it attributed to her by anti-abortion groups. There were no references to it from any other source, and none of those who stated it gave the original source.” You admitted being “mistaken,” and continued to assert that the quote had been taken out of context, while kindly noting that you believed I had made an honest mistake.
I don’t think I made a mistake at all, Les. You did. And it’s a show-stopper for me. Because what you did in this discussion thread is dismiss any respect for objective truth and abandon good faith in communication. There have been shades and hints of this in past communiques, but in this one it’s become overt and obvious.
Here is your reasoning, using your own words:
Les: “I … could only find it attributed to her by anti-abortion groups.” [therefore] “… she never said it.”
Instead of communicating in good faith, you just made something up. And when that came to light, you shifted focus:
Les: “Yes, she said it, but you took it out of context to make it sound like she supported abortion. … So, yes, I’ll admit she said it, and that I was mistaken. But you were mistaken to imply that she was in favor of abortion, when she was not. “
I had given no context for the quote, Les. But your attempt to contextualize it contextualized you. You have forfeited credibility with me.
You have stated, and I’m quoting you directly, “I just don’t have the chutzpah to say that my moral grounding is based on ‘the Truth’ and everyone with a different moral grounding must therefore not be based on ‘the Truth’.” What this means is you offer no grounding for judging right and wrong outside of yourself.
Your code may allow you to make stuff up, but mine doesn’t. Therefore I’m asking you not to comment on anything I post until we establish a common code for determining right and wrong. I realize that will likely be a challenge for you, but I believe you’re capable of it. If you are unwilling or unable to abide by this, you can remove me from your list of Facebook friends. You initiated the connection. I’ll leave it to you to decide if you want it to remain.
There’s one subject I will discuss. And that’s God. I’d rather talk God than politics any day, anyway. I’ll talk God with you for two reasons:
- God is what you need. He knows you. He loves you. He’s provided a way for you to know him. Just like me, you have fallen short of the mark of perfection, which means you’re separated from the God your heart longs for. But God has made a way for you and me to be forgiven. I’ve taken it, and you can too. Regeneration and redemption are yours for the taking, friend. I’ll talk about God all you want.
- You identify yourself (“strongly”) as Jewish. I identify myself as Christian. We have a common reference point in the Hebrew Bible. I’ll talk about the God revealed there anytime.
But that’s all. Until further notice. This is not a game or a competition. It’s a matter of life and death. Yours.
And the choice is yours.