First, I’ll make one (almost certainly vain) request: stick to examples that actually fit the topic, and not cases of mere inconsistency or ordinary hypocrisy.
Some may think it’s contradictory to support abortion while opposing capital punishment (or vice versa), but that’s not the kind of thing that interests me here. A fetus and an adult murderer are NOT exactly the same thing, so it’s not blatantly contradictory to have more compassion for one than for the other (I won’t get into which one deserves that compassion more).
Nor do I really care about contradictions that lie beneath the surface, that only become clear after people give them a great deal of thought (more thought than most of us tend to give to our principles).
Rather, what interests me is how people are able to believe passionately in two things that are utterly and OBVIOUSLY contradictory.
Mindboggling real-life example: all over the Middle East, Muslims will tell you simultaneously that
Osama Bin Laden is a hero for striking at the Great Satan on 9/11
Osama is innocent, and was framed by the Jews/the CIA/whoever.
Now, I happen to think the former argument is disgusting and the latter absurd… but individually, each argument may seem plausible to some. But no sane, intelligent person can possibly believe BOTH that Osama didn’t mastermind the WTC attacks AND that he’s a hero for doing it.
So, a few questions for your consideration…
Do Muslims who make these contradictory assertions genuinely believe what they’re saying?
If they don’t, how can they bring themselves to make such contradictory assertions at the same time?
What comparable examples can you think of in other parts of the world?