Re: Fwd: Heston Speech

From: Neal Blaikie (
Date: Wed Feb 21 2001 - 10:23:01 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:

> Was he deeply offended to the point of boycott because `millennium nuts'
> were
> being unfairly portrayed as Christians? Was he miffed because deranged,
> crazy Christians were being unfairly pilloried as `millennium nuts'? This
> is a nuance that only an American could unpack, I suspect. Could someone
> please make it clear to this poor boy holding up two crossed Vegemite
> sandwiches?

I'm not sure there's actually anything there to unpack. To me it seems
symptomatic of the type of narrow-minded oppositional thinking that has
become epidemic here, and has pretty much replaced public intellectual
discourse (critical thinking) with empty emotional rhetoric. Unfortunately,
it pops up on both the "left" and "right" sides of the political spectrum,
usually when one member of some group feels offended or threatened by what
appears to be a blanket criticism of said group. Just because some
"millennium nuts" happen to be Christians, this does not imply that all
Christians are "millennium nuts." This is basic logic, right?

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