I’ve realized something in this latest fiasco with the judges in DBT01. I now understand why Vox, Spacebunny, et al. accused me of “entering into” the PZ Myers Memorial Debate. Technically, I did interact with the arguments more than simple judging required. Although there was no conscious intent to do so, that doesn’t change the fact. This became apparent when Matt DeStefano did the same thing in his writeup of my opening statement. He interacted with my arguments from Leviticus:
Of course, Levicitus is ripe for the picking when it comes to dangerously absurd rules, laws, and customs. Should humans also take heed that eating shellfish is an abomination? (Lev 11:10) Should we also avoid planting two of the same crops in a field? (Lev 19:19) It seems to me cl needs to make a case as to why we should take the entirety of these laws seriously.
Now, as an aside, why on Earth would I need to make a case for accepting the entirety of those laws when the question at hand was whether God provided something like “germ theory” in Leviticus? Matt was irrational at least twice. Once, because it is a complete non-sequitur. Twice, because just like Peter’s central argument, Matt also appeals to incredulity: why are these laws absurd, if not simply because Matt DeStefano can’t conceive of any rational reason for them?
But, like I said, those are beside the point. It took somebody else “entering into” my debate for me to understand why other people said I “entered into” Vox’s debate. So, I apologize. Sorry, Vox. Sorry, Spacebunny. Sorry, “dread ilk.”
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think an innocent inability to recognize this error justifies the vitriol, obscenity, censorship and venomous accusations from the “Christians” over there at Vox Popoli. After all, other judges committed this same mistake and they weren’t slandered to high hell. Neither do I think that Vox will ever issue a statement saying I was right to accuse him of imposing his own judging criteria.
Nonetheless, that’s on Vox, Spacebunny, et al. I just wanted to let readers know where I stand.