I collect ridiculous sophistries from politicians and public figures, a hobby that entertains both myself and my friends and benefits readers. I'm especially fond of those pieces in my collection that come from people whom the press enjoy describing as "public intellectuals". I was riffling through the files today looking for the following for a colleague and thought I'd share.
It's one of my favourites.
“Our conviction about what is natural or right should not inhibit the role of science in discovering the truth,”Prime Minister Tony Blair responding to critics of Britain’s plan to clone human embryos for research.
I picked up another doozy this afternoon from Mr. Warner:
"If the Bible is very clear - as I think it is - that a heterosexual indulging in homosexual activity for the sake of variety and gratification is not following the will of God, does that automatically say that that is the only sort of homosexual activity there could ever be?"Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Isn't it lovely?
I'm especially fond of these ones. They leave you breathless and momentarily stunned with the beauty of their inner contradictions and uniquely brazen deceitfulness. They are, in their way, works of great rhetorical art.