Carl Trueman on Hurt Mail

I’m so Hurt. it isn’t just an Elvis song anymore. Now it has become a tool in the hands of the mau mau crowd in their effort to shut up arguments they don’t like.

Carl Trueman is on flaming fire with this one. Love it, Love it, Love it.

here is a tease, but you have to read it all. every delicious word. there is no way any snippets can do it justice.

But I think there is more to this phenomenon of hurt and pain than a mere aping of the culture. It is more cunning and dishonest than that, Over the last couple of years, I have noticed that the hate mail in my inbox has been replaced by what I now call hurt mail. Now, the agenda of your typical hate mailers is pretty straightforward: they are simply attempting to intimidate or humiliate the recipient into silence. What you see is what you get. Hurt mailers, by comparison, are rather more subtle and duplicitous: by claiming pain, they immediately do two things. First, they make themselves the poor victims; and second, they imply that the targets of this hurt mailing are intentionally malicious perpetrators. The game is precisely the same as with hate mail — to make someone whom they dislike or whose opinions they discount shut up — but the tactic is different: to win by seizing the moral high ground that belongs to the professional victim.

Expressions of hurt are too often really something else: cowardly attempts by representatives of a cosseted and self-obsessed culture to make themselves uniquely important or, worse still, to bully and cajole somebody they dislike to stop saying things they don’t want to hear or which they find distasteful.

hat tip to Challies, but I also saw someone refer to this article on their twitter feed yesterday.

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