You’ve probably heard of an ad hoc logical fallacy called “The No True Scotsman.” In short, an old man says “No Scotsman puts sugar in his oatmeal.” Boy replies “But my Uncle Hamish does.” Old man says “No true Scotsman puts sugar in his oatmeal.” Fundamentalists and right-wingers love the Standard Scotsman when it comes to disowning Fred Phelps and Anders Breivik; it appeals to their sense of black-and-white “purity” — another logical fallacy (the false dichotomy), as it happens. But what happens when you use the Scotsman to disown a guy who’s too black to be true white? This.
That would be Erik Erickson, current editor-in-chief of a rubber room known as Redstate.com — which is where former CNN contributors go when CNN gets the Rorschach Test results back. Not that they shouldn’t have known something was awry given Erickson’s previous job as a member of the prestigious Macon, Georgia city council. Prior to quitting, Erickson was known for his lack of showing up to work…in fact, his only real accomplishment of note was responding to the pending unionization of the police department by moving to have the police department dissolved.
Interesting fact about Erickson: He was actually raised in the United Arab Emirates while his father was there working for Conoco Oil.
Frankly, we suspect Muslim influence.
It seems the Redstate.com editor may have brought a bit of the old Muslim extremist culture back with him. He certainly seems familiar enough with ISIS, seeing as how he recently compared gay rights activists to them:
“The gay rights activists who yell ‘bigot’ at those who disagree with them are the Imams of America’s cultural ghetto.”
And then there’s this quote from ISIS, which sounds oddly familiar:
“We don’t think [insert name] is really Muslim. Certainly not in any meaningful way. BURN HIM!”
Of course, no Christian would say anything remotely like that — even one with such an obvious Muslim influence.
No true Christian, and no true Scotsman.