Against Arrogance

Deciding that my "thinking very hard" is better than yours either requires more specific (externally observable) criteria, or an arrogant assumption that I am smarter. Any argument that depends on the objective superiority of one person's subjective internal processes over another's, is arrogant. I claim that arrogant arguments should be avoided, on both ethical and epistemological grounds - and any framework that can only be justified with arrogance, should be discarded. Where there are multiple narratives that are equally "true" (in predictive value and inter-subjective evaluation), I propose we break ties by looking at what is more useful instead of resorting to arrogance in a quest for Truth.

A Difference of Values: “This is by design” does not refute “This is wrong”

Fact: "our government was not designed to be a democracy where everyone has equal say." Fact: "our government was designed to be a federation of states, all with their own government, which is why every state gets the same amount of Senators" Those are both facts. They are both true. They are not opposing arguments any more than "the sun is a star" is a rebuttal to "the earth is a planet". This is not a question of ignorance. The difference is in the implicit assumption about political imagination.

Why marriage equality is non-negotiable: An open letter to my old pastor

My identity and others' distaste for who I am are not two equally valid opinions. There is no both/and on this subject. If you tolerate homophobia in your church, you are not queer-affirming. Just once I'd like to see a Christian space treat homophobia the same way so many well-meaning homophobes treat my capacity to love: If someone asks if their homophobic views will be tolerated, a queer-friendly Christian space should say we welcome everyone and we're all sinners, so even though they are sinning in believing the homophobic view, God still loves them and they as individuals are welcome in our space.