Maybe this will help explain my position. It's from an email I sent to a Facebook friend.
There is at the root of antisemistism something that's not able to be educated, in my opinion. When a Facebook commenter says, "The Jews elected every president since WWII and the Jews assassinated JFK," there's nothing to say to "educate" that man except addressing the demon he's dancing with, "Get thee behind me, Satan."Take yesterday. I'm on the fence on gun control. But three anti-gun-control commenters said the following:
1. Gun control is a violation of the Tenth Commandment, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods."
2. The state has no authority to regulate arms because the state owns nukes.
3. "No pencil pusher is gonna tell me what my self-defense needs are."Now at one point I was naive enough to think such clowns could be educated, that if we took the time we could show them the errors of their ways. But this is the internet and they are just idiots.There is good faith and bad faith. When Paul says "the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith", he is saying at least that without a good faith effort to approach an issue, no deeper faith can get in.This does not mean that people of good faith should not be educated. However, when it comes to the bigots who are willful bigots, well, if they resist education, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them and move on.
Could I be wrong about this? Of course, but I've been on the internet enough now to spot red flags when I see them.
Take today on Facebook. A friend is hailing the book Silence, which is about Catholics in Japan. A commenter gets offended and says the book is horrible and anything but Catholic. Intrigued, and having not read the book, I ask for reasons why the book is not Catholic in this commenter's opinion. He says it's because the main character "apostasizes" (renounces the Faith). "In what way does he apostasize?" I ask.
"He apostasizes apostasizes," he answers. "I'm not going to discuss this with you further."
Well, after a few hours, other commenters noted that the main character is forced to apostosize under severe and unrelenting torture of himself and his friends.
So he hardly "apostasizes apostasizes" - in fact such a forced recantation might not be apostasy at all.
But I saw this guy waving the red flag, the red flag of "All depictions of sin are in themselves sinful!" and so I egged him on, and in his impatience and defensiveness he revealed that I was right.
At any rate, dear readers, I admit my response to some of these people and issues may strike you as judgmental and harsh, but only good faith should be met by good faith.
Bad faith should be met by moving on.