I have folks tagging me on Facebook attempting to drag me into endless arguments about race, many of whom haven’t the foggiest idea what started all this, but have “heard” that I have done something “terrible” (i.e., I violated the unpublished canons of political correctness even within “evangelicalism” and refuse to bow to the “experts” who think there is one standard of ethical and moral behavior for one race, and another for another, in Scripture). Most of these folks I’ve never even heard of before, to be honest, and I think I will keep it that way, God bless them.
But one situation needs to be addressed, directly. The Internet Troll, an anonymous KJV Only hit-man heretic without the slightest floor when it comes to how low he will go morally and ethically speaking in his slander and libel, took the short article I had put up last Friday discussing the behavior of a young man I saw on the way home, edited it, inserted vile, disgusting comments, and posted it on the Internet, surely with great glee. Now, we expect that from this individual. He is a stalker. He lives his life doing nothing positive. Instead, he is constantly in attack mode, constantly in slander mode, lashing out at everyone who dares to cross his path.
Last night I saw a Christian repost the article using his link, replete with the disgusting falsehoods included as if *I* had written them. How they missed them or could not recognize them, I have no earthly idea. No responsible person would do so.
Which is why I was simply shocked to be directed to the following screenshot of Thabiti Anyabwile posting the very same article, seemingly oblivious to the nature of the person he was posting, let alone the slanders contained therein:
You know, I have seen a lot of negative stuff about Thabiti recently. Never crossed my mind to repost any of it as I was not involved in the conversations. But some of what I saw was from folks I know. Thabiti doesn’t even know who this guy is, but links to this slanderous and absurd attack and calls it a “good response”? Well, there you go! Lesson learned. Notes taken.
Learning a LOT this weekend, to be sure!
I am beginning to loathe Twitter. Why? Because it encourages surface-level repetition of slander and gossip, that’s why. For example:
So here you have Russell Moore retweeting the same libelous, vile URL that he obtained from Thabiti. What he means in his comment I do not yet know. I have asked, and hope to know by Tuesday when I address this situation on the Dividing Line at 1pm EDT.
Thankfully, Tom Buck got involved and challenged Thabiti to look at the source, which he did:
Thabiti followed up with a series of tweets directly to me about the situation which were most appreciated.
The fact is, we ALL far too easily read things on Twitter, retweet them, etc., without giving them a second thought. Then again, with only 140 characters, how can we not adopt such an attitude? 140 characters is insufficient to allow for any depth to begin with. It is a problem with the platform that feeds into the anonymity and simple carelessness of the Internet.