March 8, 2018

Rectification of names.

Confusion reigns on this score at the highest altitudes of official Connecticut on the issue of guns:
As The Daily Caller's Henry Rodgers reports , Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, also said his state would “boycott” the NRA and said the organization has been acting like a “terrorist organization,” in an interview with Fox61.[1]
Sloppy and dishonest use of language is grievous problem in our times, but it’s not exclusively a modern problem. Confucius talked about the right use of language. If you don’t call things by their right names you can’t make good policy and the nation suffers.
“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be conducted successfully. When affairs cannot be conducted successfully, propriety will not flourish. When propriety does not flourish, punishments will not be properly meted out. When punishments are not properly meted out, the people will not know how to conduct themselves.”
Some 800 years later this observation:
All the heretics acknowledge that there is a true Scripture. Had they all falsely believed that none existed, some one might reply that such Scripture was unknown to them. But now that have themselves taken away the force of such plea, from the fact that they have mutilated the very Scriptures. For they have corrupted the sacred copies; and words which ought to have but one interpretation, they have wrested to strange significations.
~ Ephraem (c. 306-373).[2]

And, now, Col. B. Bunny calls attention to the same problem. Is there no end to this man’s genius?

[1] "Connecticut Governor: NRA Is A 'Terrorist Organization.'" By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge, 3/7/18.
[2] "The Most Catholic Quotes of the Early Church Fathers on Correct Scriptural Interpretation & Authority." Posted by Tony Listi, Conservative Colloquium, 11/13/13.

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