The assault on civil debate

Clifford May talks about his recent experience with How to crush a debate at the Washington Times. It is classic example of where a straw man was established at May’s expense.

Of course, Mr. Schmitt is not so ignorant. He simply endorses slander against people like me, who have the temerity to dissent from the orthodoxy he advocates.

In this case, however, his magazine went beyond misrepresentation to encouraging violence – because anyone who actually does advocate torturing “Muslims because they’re Muslim” should be prepared for a dose of his own medicine.

How on earth can you have a civil debate when one side doesn’t even argue the points on the table has no concern about the intellectual integrity of its perceptions and positions?

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