Friday, March 30, 2007

Goodwin's Law, for Catholics

Pro Ecclesia: "Godwin's Law" for Sex Scandal Revisited

Catholic blogger Jay Anderson reacted by proposing a Catholic equivalent to the Internet rule known as Godwin's Law "for invocations of 'the Scandal' as a rhetorical device." "It would go something like this: 'As a debate involving the Catholic Church (either a discussion about the Church specifically, or a discussion in which the Church is taking a position) grows longer, the probability of someone mentioning the sex scandal approaches one.'
"And then there's its corollary: 'Once such reference to the Scandal is made, whoever mentioned the Scandal has automatically "lost" whatever debate was in progress,' "
What about if a mere comment by a Catholic warrants the Catholic "Goodwin effect"? I was commenting on a mothers working out of the home issue on a local blog and one guy took the bait on the Goodwin line a mere 8 comments into the topic.

At least they know I am Catholic.

via Bettnet

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