Blessings to you, the readers of this page, in Jesus Christ our Lord. May He guide you and protect you always.

If they call you an anti-Semite, what should you do?

First, recognize that the charge of anti-Semitism is, itself, a vicious "ad hominem" attack. It usually means that the person who accuses you of anti-Semitism is unwilling to conduct a debate on the merits of your ideas, but simply wants to discredit you on the basis of a supposed personality fault in you. It's almost like calling you, "Child Molester" or "Dope Addict!" or "Kleptomaniac!" It tries to shift the discussion away from your ideas and onto your supposed personality flaws.

(Please see http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ad-hominem.html)

Anyone who ever accuses you of anti-Semitism has thereby demonstrated intellectual weakness in himself, by choosing to call you names rather than discussing the merits of your ideas.

However, politics can be a rough game, and a certain amount of name calling is expected, even beneficial, in the process of arriving at Truth and Good Policy.

How then should you respond to a charge of anti-Semitism? I have given this question some thought, and I have come up with several options for you, depending on your personality and your objectives:

Selected Options In Responding To A Charge of Anti-Semitism
"Your mother eats dirt."
"If I am an anti-Semite, then you are a Zionist Fanatic!"
"You are trying to avoid the issue by calling me a name."
Two rules to observe:

First, never ignore a charge of anti-Semitism. It is a serious attempt to destroy your credibility by intellectually dishonest means. You must recognize it for what it is, and send it back to the accuser, with a rhetorical bomb in it. My favorite is, "Oh yeah? Well, I heard that your mother eats dirt!" This will rattle your accuser, amuse the audience, and call attention the the fact that neither accusation should be taken seriously.

Second, never apologize for what you said. Apologies merely encourage the name callers to keep an calling names in the future. It's like trying to negotiate with terrorists.

Please always remember that "Ideas Rule The World," so choose your ideas carefully.

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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