Have common sense: Avoid personal attacks when writing

There is a well known internet site in Moldova called curaj.net, a site that is the exact opposite of courage, because the founders of this site defame people and spew out personal attacks while sitting behind a computer screen writing about the courage that they have for speaking out. They do not have the guts to confront people face to face with real courage instead their courage is reduced to personal attacks while hiding in their homes writing on their laptops. I want to demonstrate one example in this article. I have hundreds of examples collected over the 4 year period that I have been following the site.

Before getting into the details I would like to explain what a personal attack is and why it is not good journalism. This is taken from Wikipedia:

An ad hominem (Latin: “to the man”), also known as argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to link the validity of a premise to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise.[1] The ad hominem is a classic logical fallacy,[2] but it is not always fallacious. For in some instances, questions of personal conduct, character, motives, etc., are legitimate and relevant to the issue

Ad hominem abuse

Ad hominem abuse (also called personal abuse or personal attacks) usually involves insulting or belittling one’s opponent in order to invalidate his or her argument, but can also involve pointing out factual but ostensible character flaws or actions which are irrelevant to the opponent’s argument. This tactic is logically fallacious because insults and even true negative facts about the opponent’s personal character have nothing to do with the logical merits of the opponent’s arguments or assertions.

Making of an abusive remark instead of providing evidence when examining another person’s claims or comments

Writers and journalist who revert to personal attacks do so because they do not have a response to a logical argument, so since they cannot attack the argument they attack the person making the argument. Usually they build a straw-man argument and then attack the straw-man argument because they cannot counter-argue the logical argument. I have experienced this many times. This is done by them to draw attention away from the logical argument and focus on the straw-man argument and the rebuttal to it. This is an evil tactic and shows lack of intellectual integrity. With the straw-man argument the guilty one usually not only creates a false argument but also uses the false argument as a personal attack.

In 2006, I went with a group of young people to protest the homosexual indoctrination of people through their “Pride” parades in Moldova. We went to inform the people of the dangers of homosexuality and share the Gospel with the homosexuals who not only are destroying their own lives but also want others to join them through their process of indoctrination. While at the protest I met some people from curaj.net who were defending the homosexuals. As I spoke with them I found out about their website and the fact that they promote uncensored free speech. I went home and opened the site to see what everything was about. I realized that there were some terrible attacks against religion, God, and the Bible on the site. I confronted the errors, without attacking anyone personally. I was immediately assaulted with personal attacks (they did not attack the message but the messenger). I did not respond with personal attacks but once again pointed out the errors in their illogical arguments. This has been going on for over 4 years now. The personal attacks have progressed on the part of some of the writers from curaj.net. Other Christians began to get involved and also demonstrate logically the illogical arguments of the homosexuals on curaj.net. During the latest exchange a young family was attacked by a homosexual (with words of course because that is the way that they fight, hiding behind a computer screen slinging mud at people). The pastor’s wife from our church pointed out the illogical argument and personal attack and the guilty writer then attacked her with the straw-man tactic. Here is what he did…

He took a quote that was not written by the pastor’s wife and attributed it to her. Then he attacked the quote and the grammar saying that she needs to go and study grammar before writing a comment. This is a classic personal attack by creating a straw-man argument and then attacking the straw-man and then using the straw-man as a motive to throw out a personal attack. There was never a response to the pastor’s wife’s original argument. If you are not careful then you could fall for this sly tactic and think that the guilty homosexual is correct in what he does. The Bible warns of being deceived and the dangers of it:

Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  (I Corinthians 6:9-11)

Many people are easily deceived because they do not know the facts. Many people think that they will go to heaven even if they live their lives like the devil. God says differently; do not be deceived, if you live like the devil you will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Please be careful when reading what others write because many times a writer wants to deceive you, and use personal attacks to demonstrate that he is correct in his argument, when in reality he is as wrong as can be.

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