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is Worth Dying For?
F. Earle Fox
[COMMENT: This is lifted from an email
conversation. I had sent out an email with some ideas expressed, and
got a reply that they were not true, but no rebuttal, only a request to not get
any more of such. Below was my response.
It is not clear what you thought was "not true" about my
remarks. Maybe you are
right about it, whatever it is. But the only way to find out is to test
your opinion in the public arena. What other way is there? We need each
other, sometimes especially our opponents, to keep honest. That is what
public arenas are for. That is what our Constitution was written to provide
in legal and political matters.
Surely you do not want to fall into the trap of thinking that
you are so perfectly right that you do not need the discipline of having to
defend you views in an honest contest of ideas. If you were wrong, would
you not want to know?
That is what science is about, and honest academics of any
sort, and it is also what honest religion is about -- a freemarket of ideas
which have to prove their worth in the public arena. That requires a people
who are dedicated to the truth of any matter, not just winning their
position and having their way.
That is what America is based on. Those principles are
worth dying for.
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Date Posted - 07/23/2009 - Date
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