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Thursday, October 15, 2009 |
( 10/15/2009 05:58:00 PM ) Bill S.
SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE ARE SIGNS: So I’m driving home for lunch, and I see this slogan outside one of Safford’s myriad Baptist churches. I ponder the thing the rest of the way home coz the sentence is a stumper. It says, “If truth is optional, error is permissible.” Okay, I think: what the heck is that supposed to mean?
I know -- this being a church sign, after all -- that the writer does not believe that truth is optional: there is One Truth and that One Truth resides in our very particular interpretation of our Holy Book. So if truth isn’t optional, than, presumably, error isn’t permissible. But isn’t mistake-making a basic component of human experience? Isn’t trial and error one of the ways that we learn? Am I never to be allowed the chance to fuck up? Not according to the followers of non-optional TRUTH.
This, I finally decide, is why I’m a heathen.