Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch analyzes a “lulu of a debate” between Fox News host Tucker Carlson and DNC Senior Adviser and head of the Democrats’ Trump War Room, Zac Petkanas. The discussion was on President Trump’s decision to reverse Obama’s guidelines on transgendered students. As liberal ideologues always do, Petkanas kept changing the subject instead of answering Carlson’s questions. Muehlenberg describes how Carlson tried to move the conversation from politics to actual science. He kept asking his guest: “Name one scientist or one biologist anywhere in the world who says that your gender is simply whatever you want it to be.” But of course Petkanas could not and the reason is that there is no science behind the left’s claim that a person can change their sex just because they want to.
So with this background in mind, here’s Bill Muehlenberg’s piece:
Anyone involved in the culture wars, in political debates, or in discussing the various social and moral hot potato issues of the day, will be well aware of what it is like to have to deal with ideologues. They can be a very scary bunch indeed.
So just what is an ideologue? A quick search for a few online definitions gives us this: -an adherent of an ideology, especially one who is uncompromising and dogmatic. -an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology.
Victor Reppert, author of C. S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason (IVP, 2003), once put it this way:
“An ideologue is someone who looks at everything through the ‘glasses’ of their favored viewpoint, and refuses to allow any merit in the perspective of someone who sees things from an opposing perspective. In debate or discussion an ideologue will invariably make no concessions whatsoever to the other side. Nothing that someone on the other side says has any legitimacy whatsoever.”