Stupid people really piss me off.
Now, I don't have a problem with people disagreeing with me if they can make a coherent argument for their case. Unfortunately, I tend not to be lucky enough to get to hear one.
One of the most recent examples of idiocy thrust upon me was during a protest of the comedian, Bill Maher. Bill Maher decided that it was appropriate to slander Pope Benedict XVI and the entire Catholic Church. After American Life League raised a clamor and demanded that he be fired, he had the audacity to "apologize". Now, when I say that he "apologized", what I really mean is that he recanted one slander and replaced it with another. That having been said, I was recently standing on a street corner while holding a sign advertising my desire to have that slanderous jerk fired. Over the course of an hour, I was treated to the drive-by insults and idiotic remarks of passersby. Very few of the nimrods had the stones to confront me directly. Of those who did, only one was able to put together a coherent argument.
This rant is not targeted at him.
These morons would typically begin with the phrase "Hate Speech!? But what about Free Speech!?"
To the Morons:
The right to freedom of speech does not protect one from civil action. Rather, it prevents the State from bringing criminal charges against someone based on his opinions. Therefore, my desire for HBO to fire Bill Maher for his slander is not violative of his right to free speech.
It isn't as though I'm making this up either. English Common Law has allowed for people to sue other people for slander and libel for centuries.
Other stupid people would actually agree with Bill Maher's lies. This is simply intolerable. If Maher had simply stated an opinion, then the agreement of others wouldn't bother me. However, Maher did not state an opinion. He made a statement of "fact". You would think that the fact that so many people raised such a commotion over his statements would have prompted people to research the validity of those statements. Apparently not.
Now for more instances of stupidity...
I recently started a thread on a discussion forum called Fredtalk. On that thread, I challenged the validity of Incorporation Doctrine and asked those who responded to comment and provide a reason for their opinion. Instead of an actual argument, I received citations of various Supreme Court cases. The entire discussion eventually devolved into a written version of a group of small children with their hands over their ears and screaming "nuh-uh!". No wonder this country is as messed up as it is. No one listens to people with opposing views. No one makes any effort to stop the Federal Behemoth when it lumbers about, hucking money everywhere and then whines when it ends up in debt. People only care about the Constitution when when their gross misinterpretation of it is "violated" when legislatures actually try to do their jobs.
Then, there was this past Saturday.
This past Saturday was spent holding a sign in front of Planned Parenthood. The sign said, "The Pill Kills". What the sign meant was that the standard birth control pill has the ability to kill babies. You see, contrary to popular belief, the Pill does not merely prevent pregnancy. It functions in three ways. The first way is by preventing ovulation. The second is by thickening the cervical mucus and inhibiting the movement of sperm. The third way is by thinning the lining of the uterus, making it nearly impossible for implantation to occur and killing any baby that is conceived.
Pretty straightforward, right?
Well, NOW and a bunch of other idiots decided to stage counter-protests. Now, I don't mind this in and of itself. What bothers me is that these people and their blogger compatriots refuse to utilize logic in their disagreement with reality. Part of the problem is that in the '60s, the American Conference of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) arbitrarily changed the definition of pregnancy in order to allow the Pill to be sold. They changed the beginning of pregnancy from conception to implantation. Holding to this erroneous definition, the idiots claimed that our information was "100% medically inaccurate".
That wasn't the worst of it.
The worst of the stupidity was the absurd conclusions that people would draw from our arguments. They fail to make the distinction between intentional action and accidental action. Taking the Pill can result in the death of a human being. If a woman takes the Pill and a human being dies as a result, then the woman is guilty of murder because she acted with depraved indifference to human life. If a woman miscarries as a result of some cause for which she was not responsible, then she is not guilty of murder. Why is this difficult to understand?
Well, I should probably get back to work. I will undoubtedly find something else to rant about later.
- Dominus -