"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Solidarity of Intolerance-- Bumper Sticker philosophy

A car was spotted sporting two conflicting bumper stickers. One read "Commit planned acts of organizing and premeditating solidarity." The other read, "Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong." A number of observations can be made from these bumper stickers.

It does not sound like the car owner was in favor of capital punishment. If a burglar stormed into her house and started killing family members would she begin to plan acts of organizing solidarity? Do her plans of solidarity include embracing people who are pro-capital punishment?

With respect to the "killing people" bumper sticker, you'll note that her premise was flawed to begin with. You don't execute murderers for the primary purpose of showing others that murder is wrong. You execute murderers because that's God's mandate to the state when it comes to dealing with murderers. Any secondary benefit of an execution being a deterrent to further murder is a welcomed "side effect."

Taken together these bumper stickers bespeak of someone with little interest in solidarity unless you realign your thinking to conform with hers. A good plan for committing acts of solidarity would be for said driver to remove the bumper stickers.


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