98.567231% of responses to Mason’s interview in the Dallas Morning News have been positive. It is the remaining 1.432769% that bugs me. I should just shoo off theses pesky neighborly warnings of hellfire like gnats at a summer lawn party, but it isn’t so easy. Because these gnats are swarming about my only child. These gnats are attacking my personal freedom as a parent. These gnats are so persistent and just plain annoying.
Gnat #1 (reader comment):
[...] Yes there is a GOD. The evidence is overwhelming, and someday after death, we will stand before Him: “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to GOD”. Romans 14:12. Since Adam and Eve believed the lie of Satan the Devil and not their Creator, that brougt Sin on the entire human race. So GOD the Heavenly Father loved us: “For GOD so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son (Jesus Christ, that whosoever Believeth in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life. Christ was born, teached the “Good News of His Kingdom (Heaven, hated because He told the Truth and Crucified,was buried and resurrected the third day as He had said. He was sinless, so He had to be the sacrifice for the entire human race, for the remission or forgiveness of our sins which the first humans had caused, shedding His precious blood. And the devil hates this so much that he is deceiving this whole world, Revelation 12:9, he’s also known as the serpent and the great dragon. He and his hordes of evil spirit beings wants humans in Hell like they’ll be. He’s temporarly ruling this world until GOD sends Jesus Christ back to this earth to judge all humans for their sins or disobedience. If we do not Believe in Christ, we will die in our sins and be eternally lost. Christ commands us to REPENT of our sins and receive Him as your Saviour, then you’ll go to Heaven when you die. In John 14:6, Christ Himself says, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life, no man(mankind)comes to the Father but by Me”. The choice is ours;Heaven or Hell. They’re both real.
Gnat #2 (local Tea Party website):
[ … More interesting would’ve been a few words from the girl’s flaming atheist mom, who was right there. (Are we to believe li’l Mason is flying solo?) … And why not ask Mason about Islam? She denies only Jesus and Buddha here. Why not: Is Muhammad a fairy tale too, sweetheart? Like Santy Clause? (Oh, I know. No use getting the girl’s head lopped off.) […] Cheers and Go Conservatives!
And, yes! There are many, many more of these noisome insects with their buggy-eyes and creepy feelers on my parenting choices.
In “What’s Wrong with Ray Comfort” I introduced the topic of logical fallacies. To my mind logical fallacies serve as a sort of grammar for the language of argument and debate. A certain savoir dire. Just as with writing, it is best to speak from the heart with passion and clarity when defending your point of view, but form is important. Grammar rules are meant to be broken, but if you are ignorant of the rules themselves you risk sounding… well, ignorant.
But logical fallacies aren’t just weapons for the verbal offensive—they gird you against sneak attacks. Gnat #1- argument from authority. Gnat #2- ad hominem attack. Gnat #3- red herring. It makes me feel better, and stronger with my trusty bag of logical fallacies close at hand.
I am proud to be a godless monkey and glad I don’t live in a demon haunted world. To my critics, I offer a hand of friendship and support if you ever desire to see the beauty of this life—without sin. As godless monkeys do.
Share these letters with your little monkeys. Remember, these are the same attacks your own children are liable to face. Teach logical fallacies at home the way Hogwarts professors teach magic spells, because just like Harry Potter, your child must be prepared for what the world may bring. As evidence: all these letters are from ADULTS to a nine-year-old little girl who simply spoke her own mind. Shameful!