Complete agreement with Ken from Popehat about the right not to be criticized. I always found it strange that people on the right (with whom I have had more experience) would insist simultaneously that their beliefs were the only natural, logical, rational position, and that their positions were under constant and unscrupulous attack from people unwilling to play by the rules. If the positions are logical, and the attacks are unscrupulous, there's nothing to worry about; if you're worried the attacks will convince people who would otherwise agree with you, that's a comment on the opposition's arguments (which may have more rationality than they are otherwise credited for) or the audience, whom you don't trust to sort the good arguments from the bad. But the combination of insisting on the immutable rightness of your beliefs and the unfairness of people who disagree with you is an unflattering kind of special pleading.

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