Sacred belief

Ashe Schow: Why the Rolling Stone gang-rape story will never be labeled a hoax. (ht InstaPundit) follows up on Feulner’s observations in the last post. The topic at hand is a hoax about campus rape and its promulgation by Rolling Stone.

“One way to define the difference between a regular belief and a sacred belief is that people who hold sacred beliefs think it is morally wrong for anyone to question those beliefs,” Dagny wrote. “If someone does question those beliefs, they’re not just being stupid or even depraved, they’re actively doing violence. They might as well be kicking a puppy. When people hold sacred beliefs, there is no disagreement without animosity.”

Because the activists behind the Rolling Stone story hold a “sacred belief” that thousands, perhaps even millions, of college students are sexually assaulted each year, any evidence to the contrary is seen as detrimental to the cause.

The same phenomena shows elsewhere. Consider the debate about climate change, for instance. You don’t have to look far to find examples where sacred belief trumps reason and reality.

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