With now with exactly 100 votes on my “Rhetoric vs Craziness” poll, I see readers largely (85%) agree with me that it was the craziness that was most important element in the analysis with rhetoric taking a distant second.
Nonetheless, 15% of readers disagreed with me and wanted to focus on the rhetoric. Now, as I stated, I think that the disgust for the particular rhetoric in both these cases is warranted, but the point of the post was to illustrate how our righteous anger can blind us from analyzing a situation due to blowing out of proportion the role of that which we dislike. And yes, I am saying that I think that those 15% of readers are mistaken.
In my Third Eye post I likewise illustrated how this blindness (a habit of mind) also occurs in the game of WeiQi. Also, I see it happening in many Atheist discussions where blind righteousness makes some Atheists judge all religious actions as harmful and sees no good in religion. I think “righteous blindness” happens to us all, and we should all be diligent to avoid it. But let me give a caveate that something can still be wrong without being the present cause of any given event — it is OK to be indignant when deserved.