An Internet Judge Is Running For Office
For those of you who know of our friend Xon, the following might be of interest:
My friend Xon has recently attempted some initial staging for what he hopes will allow him to provide judicial services for the reformed blog-world. His goal is a noble one, . . . albeit a bit plagiarized from what I gather. The primary topic of discussion that gets Xon’s project off the ground is “Metzler vs Wilson.”
I do believe that Xon desires to be judicial, and he evidences this desire in many ways. However, as I have expressed to Xon many times in the past, I believe he is highly committed to Doug Wilson qua holy man of God and cutting-edge reformed teacher. I am grateful that Xon remains charitable, but I concluded a long time ago that Xon remains a committed “apologist,” and even now his goal is to vindicate Wilson against all criticism with regard to his character (an endeavor that can hardly remain limmted to the Wood). I don’t see any evidence for changing my mind about all this after skimming Xon’s new attempt at creating a popular blog by talking about me: what is implied and stated explicitly about Pooh’s Think is inaccurate and does not express some of the most basic aspects of the history of my blogging and the nature of my connection to Christ Church and Doug Wilson.
There are also some alarming inconsistencies in Xon’s new blogging enterprise, such as his claim that Pooh’s Think is filled with nothing but slander and false reports, claims not backed by appropriate “evidence.” Xon does not provide any evidence for this sweeping claim (!). Perhaps a weaker claim would have been more appropriate before Xon demonstrates the ability to refute a single assertion found in the Wood.
More disturbing is Xon’s comments about the debate he “attempted” to have with me. The implication is clear, and the rhetoric appears dishonest. Here’s the real story for the record: Xon offered criticism in the form of a post; honoring my word I posted his criticism. I also responded to the criticism. I kept my criticism brief and referenced documented facts without explicit citation. I proceeded this way since I took Xon’s criticism as fairly weak; I am still baffled over Xon’s inability to acknowledge some of the most basic documented facts over the issue he chose to challenge. Xon further replied, but I found his follow-up less helpful than his previous post; in fact, I found it too unfocused and untied to the content of the Wood to want to spend any further energy with the “debate.” I was certainly willing to continue the dialog, but Xon expressed to me that it was ok if I did not take more time responding to him. Given how burdened I was with mistreatment from the Kirk and multiple duties, and given the fact that I took my first response as already sufficient to put an end to that particular “debate,” I was happy to cease the discussion on the that particular topic. As Xon likely knows, I would have continued that debate even at this late date if he had asked.
Strangely, I had to discover indirectly that Xon was even blogging about me regarding all this.
Wilson, other elders of Christ Church, and other Wilson defenders have had an entire year to correct misstatements on my web site (among other reasonable actions); and in fact some have made some aggressive attempts at doing so. Early on, Wilson aggressively took me on at two different times when he thought he had me, but both times ended up a bit embarrassing for him; and now he is left to only dishonest and staged attacks against my character. On my view, time is up. The public record doesn’t look so good for Wilson, and Xon is certainly right to now worry about leaving the documented arguments here unanswered. But I think he is a little too late. Perhaps late is better than never, but it is not clear that Xon is up for the task.
My suggestion to Xon is to take some argumentative baby steps and gain a bit of credibility before running for office: internet judge, Wilson’s defense attorney, and the accuser of Pooh. Deleting my own comments to his blog is not the best way to begin. I would also suggest he not waive aside our recent work on Wilson’s attack on the PCA’s courts and our defense of Scott Clarke as “silliness,” not worthy of a fair read. Xon’s claim that I was acting like an internet “troll” because I informed a few blogs interested in the PCA and Wilkins that we were providing analysis of this topic is also an example of what Xon needs to stop immediately if he wants to gain the kind of credibility he is apparently seeking. It was likewise a bit damaging to his goal to claim that I had provided no argumentative support for my claim that Wilson’s recent attack against my earned reputation for honesty was willful deceit; I in fact provided thousands of words throughout a number of posts in support of this claim.
As always, Xon is free to post a criticism to the Wood. Given the censorship on his blog already I doubt I will go there for a hearing. If anything, I can always replublish any interesting posts from him here and respond, although I doubt this will be necessary.