yes, he REALLY went there

Posted: October 23, 2013 in general

Boxer, Hitler -- six of oneGodwin’s Law states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

Now to be clear, Godwin is not saying that one person is going to call another a Nazi, or even that one person would say that the other is as bad as a Nazi. (That happens sometimes, but most people aren’t that stupid.) Rather, he’s just noting that as rationality diminishes over time, a ridiculous invocation is made of something that is abhorrent to the vast majority of society. Maybe there’s an “if the shoe fits” vibe, but not all the time.

Regarding criticism of the goings-on at the Strange Fire conference, “Dan” “Phillips” weighs in with this little gem:

Instead, what one hears (me talking now, not MacArthur) is wails and squeals about MacArthur talking about these abuses — not about the abuses themselves. It reminds me of how shocked (shocked!) Senatrix Barbara Boxer was for Senator Rick Santorum to describe partial-birth abortion on the floor of the Senate. The procedure itself didn’t bother her a bit, she adores it as a sacred right. But describing it? Offensive! Unheard-of!

Seeing as how abortion is abhorrent to the vast majority of Christian society, I think we’ve just seen a parallel to Godwin’s Law. I’d call it Phillips’ Law, but Godwin was merely observing, not committing.

I guess since I observed it … Cleaver’s Law, anyone?

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