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May 12th 2006

lydia cornell strikes back

this has truly been a rare week. doug has succeeded in breaking the record for the blogging of the word “idiot” by someone over 12 and two people who actually have popular blogs have left comments on our posts. first, scott ott visited last friday and commented on scott ott is on a roll, my post referencing his work. then lydia cornell, upset at our discovery 6 months ago that harry reid is a racist, left the following comment at my post titled dingy harry reid & the english language:

You have to realize there is not even a glimpse of the Great Peacemaker’s teachings in this blog of yours.

to this vague….put down (?) i responded briefly in the comments to that post, and have expanded on those thoughts below:

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lydia, we are probably not the best place to go for religious blogging. however, i think you’re wrong that there’s “not a glimpse.” even if you had just taken a few moments to read the above comments, you would have gotten a glimpse. but i’m not sure at what, exactly, your comment is directed.

most of what we do here is poke fun at people or ideas we disagree with. for full and complete access to the great peacemaker’s teachings, we recommend www.lds.org, www.mormon.org, www.providentliving.org, and the most recent conference archives.

if are talking about our tone or our attitude toward those with whom we disagree, all i can say is: we’re trying (if this blog seems “mean” to you, you have a lot of internet left to explore). certainly, i can only speak for myself and the small percentage of this blog’s commenters and contributors i know personally, but many of us are sincerely trying to follow christ’s example. as you surely know, this is a very hard standard to live up to.

i have been to your blog and commented on it here and here. your blog is full of your own misinterpretations and confusions with christ’s teachings. several things that particularly bother me:

(1) you say you’re “deeply anti-porn” (you dislike paris hilton and britney spears), but you fill your site with semi-nude pictures of yourself. why don’t you take the pictures down? i’m sure your fans will respect that, with the wisdom of years, you have changed your position with respect to all nudity, not just that of others.

(2) you (and most democrats) decry the war in iraq as 1000% wrong. but many democrats (i don’t know about your personal stance) support military intervention by the US in the sudan and supported our intervention into bosnia. there were several rationales given for entering iraq, including the genocide committed by saddam hussein, and the potential threat to the US, direct or indirect, from his weapons of mass destruction, whereas bosnia and sudan get democrats’ support solely based on the ongoing genocide in those countries. was intervention in iraq wrong because we had something to gain, too? i don’t understand this doctrine of christ’s.

(3) you justify your (and the democrat party’s) pro-abortion position by saying you’re not actually pro-abortion, you’re just pro-privacy. but since when was “privacy” an eternal doctrine of christ’s?

i could go on. i am a conservative because i believe that that political philosophy squares best with christ’s teachings. apparently, you are a liberal for the same reason–that political philosophy seems more christian to you.

i can’t, admittedly, say that the GOP’s position on everything squares with christ’s teachings. but i think you are stretching things far beyond all recognition to say that the democratic party platform does so.

8 Responses to “lydia cornell strikes back”

  1. Wow, travis, great response.

  2. Maggie

    Well I guess that’s one way to a react to an accusation of being un-Christ-like: Explain you’re not as “mean” as the rest of the Internet (what a standard there) and then point out all the un-Christ-like things your accuser is doing.

    Bravo.

  3. Maggie

    Well I guess that’s one way to a react to an accusation of being un-Christ-like: Explain you’re not as “mean” as the rest of the Internet (what a standard there) and then point out all the un-Christ-like things your accuser is doing.

    Bravo.

  4. that’s a poor summary of what i wrote. i am yet to read a comment of yours that is very insightful.

    lydia cornell continually claims the high ground on everything touching religion. i point out how un-christ-like she is because i think people should realize, before they become her faithful “internet disciples,” that she is totally off. i explicitly noted that this is not the best place for religious instruction, nor are we perfect.

    instead of asking her to compare us to the rest of the internet, i could have urged her to compare us to just political bloggers, or even (narrowing the class further) political bloggers who claim to be christian. i’m sure you would find that we are nicer than many, especially in the language we use to describe people with whom we disagree.

    again, we apologize for not being perfect. but that is not the standard lydia cornell requested. she just wanted a glimpse.

  5. […] lydia cornell strikes back (lydia cornell left a disparaging comment on an old post of mine, and this is my response) […]

  6. you justify your (and the democrat party’s) pro-abortion position by saying you’re not actually pro-abortion, you’re just pro-privacy. but since when was “privacy” an eternal doctrine of christ’s?

    Oh, but it is, and it’s front and center in the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” clearly implies the fact that if you leave others alone, you ought to be left alone. What moron taught you the catechism?

    God, you really are a wingnut!

  7. travis

    kindness is front and center to the golden rule, not privacy.

    your comment goes right to my point: lydia cornell’s disciples end up completely misinterpreting christ’s teachings by believing those truths are somehow coextensive or synonymous with liberal politics.

    not only have you raped the golden rule with your interpretation of it, but you then insulted one of my religious mentors despite never having met any of them. as part of your brilliant closing shot, you used the lord’s name in vain.

    sigh.

    i doubt i could have found a sorrier example of someone claiming to know christ’s teaching without having ever read the bible if i conducted an extensive house-to-house search of lydia cornell’s posh west LA neighborhood.

  8. max

    Wow, you really have misinterpreted Lydia Cornell’s entire substance as well as the whole point of Christ’s teachings. They are written in red letters in most King James versions and I am blown away by the compassionate eloquence and humor (sometimes irreverent) of Lydia Cornell’s spiritual writings.

    Religion and religiosity often get in the way of God. She speaks of the spirit over the letter, which Christ commanded us to do.