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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bad Faith, Rosie O'Donnell, and Helen Thomas

By Rick Pearcey • June 12, 2010, 10:13 AM

To avoid bad faith and a merely private "faith" ("my" "truth") it is crucial that one's politics, commentary, science, ethics, theology, and worldview are rooted in real-world facts and the possibility of verifiability and therefore falsification.

Hence, the unfortunate attempt by Rosie O'Donnell to defend the anti-Semitic views of Helen Thomas, an effort that runs so afoul of history, space, and time that Eileen Toplansky can ask whether the woman is "merely uninformed or interminably stupid?"

I cast my vote for a Rosie who is passionately uniformed -- a state of being which, however, if practiced for years can produce a stupidity that seems interminable, if not dishonest, not just for an entertainer but also for a president. Bad faith, like a little learning, can be a dangerous thing. 

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