Friday, June 5, 2009

WWWtW-Watch #22: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing


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It's been many months since I've bothered to aim a critical spotlight at the crypto-fascist crew over at What's Wrong With the World. The recent murder of Dr. Tiller in Kansas, however, incited my curiosity as to what kind of rhetorical treatment the pseudo-Christian hate-mongers at WWWtW would be giving the incident.
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What I found was the following post by an evidently mainstream Roman Catholic man named Edward Feser who teaches philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. The post is an extended comparison of Dr. Tiller to serial sex-killer and cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer. I was pretty much expecting the worst, but this kind of screed surpassed all of my most cynical expectations:


Do I seriously mean to suggest that Tiller was as bad as Dahmer? No, because Tiller was almost certainly a more evil man than Dahmer was.


If a keen appetite for the grotesquely hateful has been whetted by that uncharitable little blurb -- if you really have the stomach for it -- you can read the whole agape-free, despicable article here.

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8 comments:

Mad said...

And you wonder why I generally can't stand organized religion. Oh that your beloved Weil were the favored teacher of the "Christian Masses."

Thankfully, there actually are conservative Christian commentators who aren't human scum and fucktards like your average Republican piece of shit

http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance172.html

Rodak said...

I don't "wonder why" nuthin', Mad.
But, yeah--one thing that I like about Simone Weil is that she went deep, deep into Jesus, w/o benefit of clergy, so to speak.

Mad said...

Wow, who knew Ginsburg was a black muslim?!
http://www.amazon.com/Fall-America-Elijah-Muhammad/dp/1884855717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244329004&sr=8-1

Sorry, couldn't resist the laugh after following up on one of your earlier threads.

Rodak said...

More proof, if any were needed, that titles can't be copyrighted...

Mad said...

Yeah (LOL) always loved that about intellectual property law. Typefaces are the opposite. You can copy the style but NOT the name. Go figure ...

On another note, no wonder feminism had to be invented
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHsQpTbQ9Uo

Mad said...

And let's not leave out toys for the BOYS at WWWtW!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMqd5EQXD-g&feature=related

Clare Krishan said...

I'm not a defender of Dr. Tiller's murderer and yet I feel obliged to defend those who would compare his victim to a deranged mass-murderer.
And "derangement" would be the operate word in my analysis, if you would indulge my exploration of the facts: a certain sense of disarranged thinking of "mentally instablility" can IMHO be applied to a student of medicine (taught the arrangement of our physique, how life grows and develops) who re-arranges that mental memory of how fragile human life is when and where he wants to. Geoffrey Dahmer wasn't in full control of his mental faculties, his actions in manipulating corpses for self-gratification weren't as premedidated as a Medical Physician earns a living for himself and his wife and children by injecting a toxin into the hearts of infants about to be born, that he may manipulate their corpses to gratify OTHERS?

The moral seems to me to be proven. Dr Tiller is more of a monster, since he's a not merely a private monster but a public monster for hire.

How would Simone Weil have contemplated the suffering of the victims in these cases? With whom would she have most identified? The defenceless innocents oppressed in the womb or the unfortunate men who shared similar sexual interests with a madman? Is not the evil power of a professional abortionist manifoldly greater than a random sociopath?

If your arguement with my analysis rests on the "orderly health" of the human undergoing the suffering (ie the babies were 'disabled' would suffer), then you abnegate ALL of Simone Weil's life and work. Suffering is not a figment of one's imagination it is REAL. To deny its' personal reality -- to judge when and how others may justify valid suffering -- is to be the most monstrous tyrannt of all. We could all be rendered slaves under that ethic, its NOT a universal defence of human inviolability worthy of the kind of dignified discussion this blog seems to strive for.

Rodak said...

I don't want to disagree with your take on Dr. Tiller, in terms of his derangement. Nor do I want to defend him against that charge.
I do, however, take issue with the use of the word "monster." To call any human being "monster" is to put a target on his back. The world is not improved by adding one measure more of hatred to a vile cup that is already overflowing. Jesus did not condemn or vilify those "deranged" human individuals with whom he came in contact--he healed them. It may well be that Dr. Tiller was not susceptible to our healing love. I don't see that this probability somehow exempts us from trying. I am of the "hate the sin, love sinner" school. I see nothing to be gained either by murdering a man for his sins, or by declaring open season on him by labeling him as less than human.