From the Declaration of Independence:
“IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 – The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America – When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
I agree with Mr Shapiro on pretty much everything, but in this video he loses it entirely, that is, in the Q and A period afterward. Watch the whole video. It’s well worth it. Kudos to Ben for his clear thinking.
For the exchange I have in mind, skip to 58:52 in the video and you’ll see what I mean about his losing it. In saying what he does, all reason and possibility of any communication that has anything whatsoever to do with the truth is rejected. Ben rejects the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and that we have unalienable Rights endowed by our Creator. Ben lowers everything to happenstance relativistic culture, condemning Judeo-Christian-everything in the process. He says that self-evident truths are not self-evident. He implies that we cannot know self-evident truths, that they don’t exist. Saint Paul speaks of this in Romans chapter one. Read it, Ben. The whole way through.
His rejection of any and all possibility of truth rests upon what is surely a rejection of any possibility of original sin, and our consequent weakness and fragility, and therefore a rejection of any possibility of redemption from original sin whereby it remains our choice to assent to truth and goodness and kindness. Different “cultures” sprout up because of some powerful few choosing the wrong thing for self-serving purposes, you know, the whole spread by the sword the faith thing in the Qu’ran. Ben rightly says that some of the consequent cultures are, indeed, “horse crap”, but he also puts Judeo-Christian culture into that bucket of sewerage. And it all stinks and is worthless.
How sad. How hopeless. How futile. How frustrating.
Too bad, that.
Entirely unreasonable, that.