Since by all indications, you seem to hold me in high regard, I wanted to see whether I might be able to sway you at all in the matter of Eternal Student’s attack on Polycarp, and the subsequent deluge of violent reaction from every corner of the board. You’ll recall that I tenaciously defended you (and still do) when your thread was inexplicably closed with the spooky and mystical comment about it serving as an example. I thought (and still do) that the essential core of your complaint was legitimate, and that sober examination of it by us could only be of benefit.
All that said, in this instance I find myself in a situation that has not ever occured (so far as I can recall) in the history of SDMB. I stand firmly beside Jodi and support her one hundred percent. No reservations. Neither politics, nor religion, nor any other matter over which she and I have fought tooth and nail in many a battle — none of these will separate me from her on this issue.
Let us put aside for the moment who Poly is. Let us not consider that he fairly exudes the very Love that God Himself is made of. Let us forget for now his long, unbroken, umblemished track record of kindness, humility, tolerance, charity, and empathy. Nevermind his tireless defense of our Lord, his incredibly thought provoking analysis, and his unfailing civility through all of it. Forget about all that.
Do not subsume unto yourself anything at all in common with Eternal Student other than post count. There, the similarity ends. He is a monster. A hand-stabber. One of those people who make other people gasp when you say the word “atheist”. His is the kind of vituperative, knee-jerk ignorance that causes ordinary people to equate atheism with Satan worship. He is not irredeemable, and no one knows what the future might hold with respect to his moral journey. But for now, he is the Asshole Supreme, and the Mother of all Jerks.
Yes, he responded based on his exposure to one post. But Arturo, I must ask you: whose decision was that? Not yours. Not mine. Certainly not Poly’s. It was Eternal Student’s own decision to launch a scathing attack based on such lean exposure. That alone is an indication of profound ignorance if nothing else. He accused Poly of everything from hypocricy to cowardice based on nothing more than that one post. That’s more than just ignorance. It’s unmitigated hate. It’s infantile judgment. It’s the very antithesis of reason.
But he didn’t stop there. He went on to say that he suspects most of us are contemptible as well, holding to the same delirium and psychosis that he assigns to Polycarp. (Note: metaphors follow…) Now, when places in heaven are assigned, I will be fortunate if I am given a place anywhere near Poly. Despite his unfortunate political naivity, his spirit is so indescriminately loving that I’d bet the farm you won’t see one scolding word from him toward Eternal Student, and not because we’ve already defended him, but because that’s the way he is. You see, Polycarp is so like my Christ that I have had to go back a dozen times and fix the capitalized pronouns when I write about him.
Eternal Student is reaping what he has sowed. He is several twigs out on the limb even beyond Lolo. Please understand the difference between what he did and what you did, and appropriately disassociate yourself at once. You attacked a concept based on your observations over the years. He attacked a man based on nothing but contempt.
I appeal to you to examine my argument, and if you find it has merit, to reconsider your position. I admire nothing more than the person who, upon being presented with compelling argument, will change his mind. I invite you, as Poly did, to join us in Great Debates. Use your talents to battle ignorance as best you can. That will make you and me kindred spirits.
Will you change your mind?