Facebook memes can be clever and insightful, but often fallacious. Even on the conservative side there are too many that just attempt to say “Obama is stupid” in a different way. I find those pointless and counterproductive. If your meme could be used by your ideological foes just by changing the names, then it proves nothing.
But the Liberal FB pages are true train wrecks of bad thinking. Here are a few. Feel free to borrow any of these responses without attribution.
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Memes that imply we are making “same-sex marriage” illegal.
The Bible doesn’t say that oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” should be illegal. It also doesn’t comment on square circles. Here’s what it does say: The Bible couldn’t be more clear. Bible-believing Christians and even two out of the three types of pro-gay people* (religious or not) can see these truths:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior describe it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions of any kind.
* The three general types of pro-gay theology people: 1. “The Bible says homosexuality is wrong but it isn’t the word of God” (obviously non-Christians) 2. “The Bible says it is wrong but God changed his mind and is only telling theological Liberals” (only about 10 things wrong with that) 3. “The Bible is the word of God but you are just misunderstanding it” (Uh, no, not really.)
The writer does not understand the 1st Amendment, which protects religious and political speech and does not restrict them. My religion also teaches me that you shouldn’t beat kill atheists and take their property. Using the logic of this meme, I must vote the opposite of that in the public square.
The writer also does not understand that we aren’t making “gay marriage” illegal, we are saying there are not good reasons to have the gov’t get involved in those unions.
There is no “right” to gov’t recognition of same-sex unions. Here’s why: 1. It is an oxymoron: “The same sex union of a man and a woman.” People have as much of a right to it as they do to a square circle. 2. By nature and design, homosexual couples can not produce children. 3. By nature and design, homosexual couples can never provide a mother and a father to a child, which is the obvious ideal whether you are religious or an atheist (there are no gay parents in Darwinian evolution). 4. Sexual behavior does not confer Civil Rights status.
Note that none of those reasons involve religious arguments, even though there is nothing wrong with letting our religious views inform our political views. If people want to know what Jesus thinks on the matter I’d be glad to tell them.
I anticipate several canards when addressing this topic, such as the “but they love each other” bit. Those arguments come from ignorance or disingenuousness. After all, no one — including all the Christians I know — is saying they can’t have relationships. Hey, they can go to any number of apostate churches and get “married.” The question is whether we want or need the government to regulate their relationships. We don’t.
What about hospital visitation, estate issues, etc.? They can be solved without changing the definition of marriage to “a union of any combination of things that we decide it to be.” For example, estate taxes are ghoulish and should be abandoned for everyone, not just gays (do you really want the gov’t to profit from your death?).
Memes asking why we kill to show that killing is wrong
Poor choice of words: It should read, why do we kill people to show that murder is wrong. Murder is killing without adequate justification.
My guess is that the author and most of the people who liked this support the Democrats’ official platform of unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortions, all of which kill innocent but unwanted human beings. Where is the righteous indignation over that? It is a scientific fact — and common sense — that a new human being is created at fertilization, and abortion kills those human beings.
Memes that imply we are forcing religious beliefs on others
That is gibberish. First, we can make arguments against killing unwanted human beings (abortion) and against oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” without religion (though there is nothing wrong with religious arguments). Second, you don’t have a freedom to kill others just because they are small and in their mother’s womb (what about their freedoms?) and you don’t have a right to a square circle (i.e., “same-sex marriage”)
Anti-Wal Mart / anti-business memes
The owners of the company get the profits? Gee, when did that start? Their opponents are welcome to compete against Wal-Mart starting today. They should quit complaining and start their own businesses! They’ll be superior employers, of course, and pay higher wages and benefits, so they’ll be able to take the best and brightest from those evil businesses. It will be a win-win — help the people and hurt your enemies, right?
Oh, but it will be hard work. Never mind..
Memes comparing the favorable definitions of Liberal with the unpleasant antonyms
The question is whether Liberals are really “liberal.” Tolerant? LOL. They are the most intolerant people I’ve seen. They fit the definition of bigot perfectly: big·ot – noun – a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
Generous and charitable? Hardly. Conservatives give more time, money and even blood donations than Liberals and that politicians like Obama, Gore, Kennedy, etc. are notoriously cheap with their own wallets. http://spectator.org/archives/2008/06/06/liberal-scrooges
It isn’t giving when you ask the gov’t to take from your neighbor by force to give to someone else. That’s coveting.
And so on. That is why the term Leftist is much more accurate than Liberal.
The typical “shellfish argument” meme
Bible lessons from non-believers are always entertaining. The shrimp / shellfish argument is full of holes but is appealing to many because so few bother to study the passages. I address five serious problems with it in flaws of the shellfish argument. http://tinyurl.com/shellfishflaws
Memes pretending to know what Jesus is really like
Jesus is the “author of life” and does not support crushing and dismembering innocent but unwanted human beings. He also defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He is fully God and fully Man and the Bible turned out just as He wanted it to.
Generic memes implying we are anti-freedom for opposing government recognition of “same-sex marriage”
That’s a great pro-life slogan! You are right, we shouldn’t deny the right to life to the unborn just because they are unwanted.
Oh, wait, you were pretending that by not having the gov’t recognize same-sex unions that we are denying them the freedom to be together? That’s a lie. They can get “married” in all sorts of fake churches and live together and love whomever they like.
Memes saying how homosexuality is seen in nature / memes about “homophobia”
So you get your sexual ethics from animal behavior? Male dogs will try to have sex with female dogs, male dogs, your coffee table, your leg, etc. Remind me not to come to your house for dinner if that is your standard for sexual mores.
Many people play the fallacious “homophobia” card reflexively because so few call them on it. If you really love people, you’ll tell them the truth.
“Homophobia” is a foolish pejorative manufactured to dismiss the legitimate claims of the opposing side. After all, if your opponent is certifiably psychotic you don’t even have to respond to them. Isn’t that convenient?!
The true homophobes are those who are so scared of the gay lobby and of being politically incorrect that they mock God, the Bible, natural law and common sense. Verses about millstones, “woe to those who call evil good and good evil” and “I never knew you” come to mind.
Memes about what Jesus is “really” like
Hey, how about loving the neighbor in the womb?
If you love them, you’ll tell them the truth: They are sinners in need of Savior. If they don’t repent and trust in the real Jesus then they will pay for their sins for eternity in Hell.
The meme pretending you are inconsistent if you are anti-abortion but aren’t spending equal time on the poor
That’s a false meme. Both are human beings, and I support laws preventing either from being crushed and dismembered because they are unwanted. I’m consistent. Pro-abortion Leftists are consistent as well — they aren’t helping either one.
You also falsely assume that if someone doesn’t fight every possible social ill with equal effort then it is bad on their part. That’s transparently false.
And studies show that by any measure — giving time, money or even blood donations — conservatives are more generous. They just don’t lobby Caesar to “give” your money and count it as a good deed on their part. See http://www.nationalreview.com/content/who-really-cares