Thursday, August 6, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Confused

discrimination, mlk, playful, walrus, opine, editorials, same sex, gay, marriage, traditional, stupid, asshat,

Or so says The Playful Walrus of the Opine Editorials in his latest exercise in sophistry.

The truth is, we all discriminate. We couldn't function if we didn't. We discriminate against staying in bed longer or getting up earlier. We discriminate between eating this or eating that. We discriminate in whether or not to ask any given person for a date or whether or not to accept a request for a date. In decisions large and small, we discriminate - and we should. In addition, all of our laws discriminate - separating what is legal from what is illegal.

It's almost like Walrus just now realized that words frequently have more than one meaning. Or that he thinks we haven't realized this yet.

The definition of "discriminate" that Walrus is using is a valid one. It's the second definition of the word: to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.

However, we all, including Walrus, know damn well that this second definition is not the definition in play when discussing same sex marriage. That would a use of the first definition of discriminate: to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality.

If we accept Walrus' use of the second definition of discriminate in this context, then we also have to argue that Martin Luther King, Jr. was confused. Apparently, the entire civil rights movement was based on Mr. King's inability to grasp that discrimination is a good thing, without which society would grind to a halt, and possibly explode. I doubt even The Playful Walrus is enough of an idiot to make that assertion, but I have surprised by his level of asshattery before, so don't count on it.


  1. Would Walrus be interested in discussing the ten definitions of marriage? Because it has about ten of them.

  2. Next he's going to tell us that your call for tolerance of gay marriage is actually intolerance, since tolerance to us is actually intolerance of his intolerance and, therefore, we're wrong to call for freedom.

  3. The Great Dictionary Conspiracy of aught 9?

  4. Well, we all know that there is a vast left wing conspiracy in the dictionary publishing industry. There will be at LEAST one scandal per year. Clearly "discriminate" will roll over into '10. Marriage is *so* '09.

    (And, Geds, that's one of their absolute favorite arguments.)

  5. Nymph:

    Yeah. I know. I first confronted it back when I was still a Christian. Erwin Lutzer made the argument, apropos of nothing I can recall, in Christ Among Other Gods. That was at least ten years ago.

  6. i'd deal with that, but the slacktivist dealt with "you're being intolerant of my intolerance" so well, it's not worth doing anymore.


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