Civility wars

I have been on this nearly dead horse for a bit too long maybe, but here’s a question.

When is it reasonable and rational to leave civil discussion at the door, and rip someone a new asshole?

Give examples. What is something you won’t stand for?

Is there a point in a discussion, when there is no room left for civilized discussion?

I’ve been on both sides of this. I tend to think calm rationalism is the best way to go most of the time, and many people find that, in itself, infuriating. I have kinda a gift for the latter.

But sometimes, I agree, you just gotta drop those gloves and make your…. er… voice heard.

I tend to think ‘by any means necessary’ rhetoric goes too far into the realm of the psychopath, but sometimes I admit, I enjoy the means a little more than the ends. What is a rational person to do?

“Hate Quebec, Hate Secularism”

Full disclosure: As David Rand says, I am David’s “friend and colleague” and a member of Atheist Freethinkers. However, if I thought David’s points about the way Canadian Atheist and the rest of Canada (ROC) criticizes Quebec and Quebec secularism were unfair, I would not hesitate to say so. In … Continue reading

Dawkins And NECSS: An Update And Some Thoughts

You can love Richard Dawkins or you can hate him, but you can’t say he’s anything but a gentleman and a scholar. His response to being disinvited as a featured speaker by NECSS (short for Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism, and pronounced ”Nexus”, which I have to grudgingly admit … Continue reading

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