It?s okay to make a moral judgment (notice that this sentence reflects a moral judgment) once in a while, Clifton. For example, I think that pedophilia is wrong. I also think that ?queer literary critics? are imbeciles. But life goes on.
Your hero Oscar Wilde also said that ?Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.? Although, in my opinion, you do not possess a well-developed sense of humor, your imagination has certainly gone Wilde throughout this entire exchange.
You imagine that ?The length of (my) quoted material in proportion to the web page it comes from takes it out of the category of ?fair use.?? You imagine that my quote of a ?private e-mail from (you) to (me) without (your) permission? is an action that ?clearly violates the U.S. Copyright Law.? You imagine that ?the special nature of universities protects professors from being question[ed] about their lectures.?
Unfortunately, Clifton, your imagination is not in tune with reality. You are a ?queer literary critic? offering very queer but only semi-literate critiques.
Over the years, I have found that those who profess a belief in moral relativism often profess a belief in postmodernism, too. These postmodernists all-to-often have God complexes that motivate them to claim both a right and an ability to form a reality of their own with truths of their own.
That was certainly true of Oscar Wilde. He sincerely felt that he was libeled so he filed a lawsuit. And, as you know, Clifton, that attempted suit was the reason for his demise.
Oscar Wilde was made rudely aware of the impotence of his earnest belief that he had been libeled. He learned that there is an independent reality that one cannot control with one?s feelings, no matter how sincerely held.
That is why I write to you, Clifton. I want your students to get a real education. That requires giving professors like you a reality check from time to time. I look forward to our next exchange.
Dr. Adams (www.DrAdams.org) will appear on the Fox Report with Shepard Smith on Thursday, October 21st at 7 p.m. EST to discuss this ongoing controversy. Fox News tried to track down Clifton Snider for the segment. Tune in to find out whether they were successful.
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