Patti “Fallacy” Chong
Patti Chong’s blog continues to prove what everyone already knew: this woman is a strange fig.
In her latest The Verdict post, Patti again falls back on what’s fast emerging as her favourite rhetorical device: “Won’t somebody please think of the children”. To wit, her opening paragraph quotes Helen Lovejoy Dietrich Bonhoffer:
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
She goes on:
There is nothing more heartbreaking than prosecuting or defending child sex abuse cases which gives the fallacy to the above saying.
The expression she’s looking for is “gives the lie” (224,000 hits on Google), not “gives the fallacy” (7 hits). And she doesn’t even mean what she writes. Patti is trying to say that child sex abuse cases prove that our society has failed the test of morality set down by Bonhoffer. But what she actually says is that child sex abuse cases prove that Bonhoffer’s statement is false.
It’s amazing that Patti Chong gets away with muddy thought and expression like this. The woman is a famous LAWYER. Logic and communication is supposed to be her game, but she doesn’t seem to get it. Her very next paragrapher is a logic-clanger that a first year philosophy undergrad would spot from a mile off:
If the test of the morality of our society is what it does for our children, then we must be living in a decaying society or one that is lacking in any moral values.
Even assuming that Bonhoffer’s test is true, Patti’s argument here goes something like this:
I have seen a lot of child sex abuse cases. Therefore, society accepts child sex abuse.
I called Patti out in a comment on her blog:
Patti, by the nature of your job you are exposed to allegations of this sort on a magnitude that most other people are not. How does it follow that “we must be living in a decaying society or one that is lacking in any moral values”?
Come on. If our society had no moral values, we wouldn’t prosecute these people at all. That statement is either shady inductive logic, or hyperbole. So which is it?
Of course, Patti responded with an absolute corker:
what I meant about ‘ living in a decaying society or one that is lacking in moral values’ is a reference to the proliferation of alleged perpetrators.Why are there so many people who think it is alright to sexually abuse children?
Child sex cases are so common that no member of the public is ever in court to see how such cases are tried. It is embarrassing and people like to sweep it under the carpet and pretend it does not happen.
She should have answered with a simple “Dick, it was shady inductive logic”, because she pulls some shockers in her answer by baselessly claiming that:
- there has been a “proliferation” of perpetrators (a subsequent commenter named Harold thoroughly puts the lie to that by pointing out that the number of cases has been steady for the past decade);
- a lot of people think it is “alright to sexually abuse children” (Sure they do, Patti); and
- child sex cases don’t get public attention, and in fact people like to pretend that it does not happen(!).
And look who it is!
Shut up, Patti.