Monday, November 20, 2017

SEA on gun control

Friday Files, 17 Nov 17

, posted by K.W. Leslie
Once again it’s time for The Friday Filesour weekly stack of links. We highlight older SEA posts of interest, and post some of the latest from Arminian and non-Calvinist blogs. Names in green indicate SEA members.
Inclusion isn’t necessarily approval or endorsement. (Some articles aren’t even Arminian!) We offer these links because they’re thought to be of potential interest to those interested in Arminian/Calvinist issues. Blame K.W. Leslie for the brief summaries.
Steve Hays (Calvinist), Triablogue“SEA jumps on the gun-control wagon.” [10 Nov 17] Hays reads the Friday Files! Pity he doesn’t read the disclaimers about how inclusion isn’t endorsement.
This refers back to a previous Friday Files, where SEA plugged an article by Kirsten Powers advocating gun control.
Pity Leslie doesn't read the disclaimers. How is propaganda for gun control of potential interest to those interested in Arminian/Calvinist issues? How is that related?
And what"s the point of posting it? You can post something you disagree with to serve as a foil. You then engage it. But Leslie never did that. If SEA doesn't endorse gun control, then what purpose is served by plugging that article? Are these throwaway disclaimers that don't mean anything? Unless SEA was tipping its hand regarding its political sympathies on this issue, what's the rationale for promoting that article? 
It's also possible to link to an article without comment, with the tacit understanding that your target audience will react to it the same way you do. Such as Ben Shapiro linking to articles about SJWs run amok. 
But what's the corresponding attitude that Leslie expects the SEA constituency to share in reference to the gun-control propaganda? 
Instead of just making a snide comment about me, which doesn't say much about the Leslie's Arminian sanctification, what was the justification for plugging that article? Just to cite the disclaimer fails to explain why it was included in the Friday Files. 
It's extremely rare for SEA to weigh in on culture war issues. So what accounts for this exception, and if SEA is going to wade into the gun rights/gun control debate, why an article supporting gun control/confiscation rather than an article opposing it? 
But I don't expect to get a rational explanation, because I'm a Calvinist, and Arminians only love their own kind. They treat Arminians one way and Calvinists a very different way. Their universal love begins and ends with people they like. 

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