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Haters gonna hate

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"Haters gonna hate" -- an Internet meme and modern proverb. What's a "hater"? What's the history? And what's with "hate"? Read more about it in this NPR story.

"Haters run the gamut — from disrupters at political rallies to sign makers at sports contests, from erudite misanthropes to semiliterate missive senders, from stand-up comedy hecklers to dish-served-cold revenge-seekers.

They can be passionate or passive-aggressive. They can be smart or stupid. But nowadays they seem to be everywhere."

Kathy Kelly in Kabul: The Story of Bibi Sadia

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By Kathy Kelly, with Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers

January 3, 2012

Kabul - Bibi Sadia and her husband Baba share a humble home with their son, his wife and their two little children. An Afghan human rights advocate suggested that we listen to Bibi’s stories and learn more about how a Pashto family has tried to survive successive tragedies in Kabul.

Holding her three year old granddaughter in her arms, Bibi adjusted her hijab and launched into a narrative that began during the Soviet occupation. The mujahideen had asked Baba to bring them medicines two or three times a week for those injured in the war. For each batch of medicines that Baba delivered, the mujahideen paid him a small sum of money. When the Russian occupiers discovered what he was doing, they beat him severely. After that, the mujahideen accused him of spying for the Russians and they also beat him badly.

The vicious beatings gave him perforated ear drums requiring six operations and left him permanently hard of hearing.

Reductio ad KKK

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In teaching logical fallacies as part of persuasion and public speaking courses, I sometimes refer to a half-serious one called "Reductio ad Hitlerum," or "playing the Hitler card."

Debaters who use this fallacy attempt to "prove" that something is undesirable or evil by pointing out that Adolf Hitler or the Third Reich advocated or implemented a similar thing. It can be a fallacy because, of course, Hitler advocated some positive things, like classical music, for example.

Playing the Hitler card tends to derail any argument or conversation, because it--not surprisingly--angers the other side to be compared to a man generally considered to have been evil incarnate. Thus, its use is considered lazy, at best, if not always fallacious.

(There is also the--again half serious--Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies that states that all online discussions eventually degenerate to the point where someone compares another's beliefs to Hitler's.)

I was reminded of this as I've observed the recent debacle about Cardinal Francis George's comments comparing some in the GLBT rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Cardinal George keeps pot boiling

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It was expected that Chicago Cardinal Francis George would apologize or issue a clarification a few days after he compared members of a gay liberation group to the Ku Klux Klan. This he often does when he speaks impulsively or chooses an inept metaphor.

In this case, he did not retreat, choosing instead to throw more coals on the fire.

In an interview with Fox News Chicago before Christmas, George had commented on concerns at a north side parish that the gay pride parade scheduled for next June would interfere with its Sunday Mass services. He said, “You know, you don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism." This prompted a flood of objections from gay supporters and community groups. Some demanded that George resign.

Morning Briefing

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Cincinnati, Ohio -- Catholic school fires woman for being pregnant as a result of artificial insemination, which violated Catholic teachings and her employment contract.

Minna, Nigeria -- Our of security concerns, Bishop Uzokwu orders cancellation of traditional Midnight Masses on New Years Eve. Suggests early evening prayer services instead.

Worcester, Mass. -- Diocese seeks to have Filipino priest defrocked because of child porn possession. It is believed he has fled to his native Philippines.

Doors open for Anglicans to join Catholic Church Jan. 1

Snow and ice church

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On the ABC News blog:

"A Church built entirely of snow and ice had its grand opening in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut Wednesday night. Villagers built the church, which is made up of more than 49,000 cubic feet of snow, to commemorate the construction of a similar snow church in the village 100 years ago."

Read more of the story here.

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