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The Escalating Politics Of Opposition:


 
 
How ideas are opposed in public forums

How the truth is opposed in every forum

     
  1. Ignore the viewpoint
  • Examples:  
       
    • Ignoring early Christian history and Church order, government, power, etc. as recorded in the Bible.
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    • Your viewpoint may be deliberately ignored by someone.
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    • Failure to report (in the media) anything positive from Christians (except liberal "christians")
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    • Reporting only errors made by Christians.
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    • Heavily reporting viewpoints of pseudo-Christians, while failing to report on any Biblical Christians.
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  1. Marginalization
  • Label as out of the mainstream
  • State that only those on the fringes hold this position
  • Label as extreme
  • Examples:
       
    • Attacks against the Gospel through the centuries
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    • Attacks by evolutionists against those who don't believe them
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    • Attacks by global warming advocates
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    • Attacks by liberal denominations, and the fact that they call themselves, "mainline."
  1. Contention with the foundational premise
  • Trying to find something wrong with the premise
  • Often, this consists of misrepresentations of the premise
  • Examples:
       
    • Attacks against the Gospel through the centuries  
         
      • Claims that Christ didn't rise
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      • Claims against the Bible    
             
        • Claims of errors
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        • Claims of many translations
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        • Claims contesting authorship
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        • Da Vinci Code and other fiction
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      • Unrealistic and silly claims for the scientific method
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      • Post Modernism: claiming that there is no such thing as truth
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  1. Summary Dismissal
     
  • Statements to say that the debate is over
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  • History has shown us...
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  • It is now beyond dispute...
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  • It has long been settled...   
           
    • Examples: evolution, global warming
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    • Attacks against the Gospel through the centuries
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  1. Ad Hominem Attacks
     
  • Attacks against the person
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  • All reasonable people disagree with you
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  • Any reputable scholar won't accept this
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  • Name-calling
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  • Epithets
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  • Mean-spirited personal attacks
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  • Anything to divert attention away from the viewpoint
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  • Ad Hominem attacks are a sign of desperation.
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  • Examples:   
           
    • The Clinton attack machine against Paula White
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    • Attacks by evolutionists or global warming backers
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    • Attacks against those who spread Gospel through the centuries
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  1. Obstructions to stating opposing opinions
     
  • Constrain you in any way possible
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  • Trying to restrict the ability to convey the idea
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  • Examples   
           
    • Shouting and chanting to drown out any voice of dissent
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    • Physical threats against those holding a Christian viewpoint
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    • Fairness Doctrine
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    • Federal Funding of the protected argument: global warming, evolution, etc.
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    • Federal restrictions on Churches regarding taking a stand for a Christian candidate over a secularist candidate
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    • Job discrimination against Christians
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    • Workplace shunning of Christians
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  1. Prohibitions to stating opposing opinions
     
  • Make it illegal to state any opposing opinions
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  • Examples   
           
    • Federal Hate Crime
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    • China      
               
      • killed for spreading the Gospel
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      • jailed for worshiping Jesus
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      • Hiedi Cullen said that meteorologists who don'tback global warming should have their credentials pulled.
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    •      
    • Socialists/Atheists killing Christians
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    • Muslims killing Christians
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    • Hindus killing Christians
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    • Making it illegal to teach creation science in schools.
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    • Pulling funding or firing scientists who find evidence that supports creation, that refutes evolutionism, or that refutes human-generated global warming theories.
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Source:

Dr. Frank Wright

  

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Last updated: Oct, 2011
 
 

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