Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Society • Profiling Debate Settled by Atheist Philosopher

If anyone distinctly appears to be part of a group that would bring harm to America, authorities must NOT stop or question, according to the politically correct crowd.** Furthermore, we must always speak kindly about them and never, never, NEVER offend them by our words or writings. Otherwise we will be “exposed” as a racist.

By this faulty logic, if the murderer is seen escaping the scene in a red pickup truck, it would be improper to stop a driver and question him simply because he was driving a red pickup truck. This is the mentality of the Obamuslim administration. Furthermore, American citizens are forbidden to offend declared enemies of America in any way. (!)

Indeed, it makes only good sense, according to our misguided officials, to construct a 13 story Mosque on the site of Ground Zero, marking the spot where a sneak attack on America by Muslims, brutally killed thousands of unsuspecting people. That Mosque is due to open, yes…a grand opening mind you, on September 11, 2011 to commemorate the date of the Muslim Attack on The United States. Oops! Writers are cautioned not to identify the attackers as Muslims. Sorry.

So should profiling based on race and nationality be forbidden and called, ‘racist?’ This writer decided to consult a noted philosopher from the past, David Hume (1711-1776) to help bring some sense to this discussion with reason and logic. David Hume, by the way, was an atheist, who puts the discussion in the realm of CUSTOM or HABIT. In his work, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, he wrote:

“For whenever the repetition of any particular act or operation produces a propensity to renew the same act of operation, without being impelled by any reasoning or process of the understanding; we always say, that this propensity is the effect of CUSTOM. By employing that word, we pretend not to have given the ultimate reason of such a propensity. We only point out a principle of human nature, which is universally acknowledged, and which is well known by its effects. We can assign all our conclusions from experience.

“When we assert, that, after the constant conjunction of two objects, heat and flame, for instance, weight and solidity, we are determined by custom alone to expect the one from the appearance of the other, custom, then, is the great guide of human life. It is that principle alone, which renders our experience useful to us, and makes us expect for the future, a similar train of events with those which have appeared in the past.”

Hume goes on with his discussion of the effects of reasoning and reflection to say, “The result of pure experience, is, that the former cannot be established without some process of thought and some reflection on what we have observed in order to distinguish its circumstances and trace its consequences; Whereas the experienced event is exactly and fully similar to that which we infer as the result of any particular situation.

“In all cases, it is experience which is ultimately the foundation of our inference and conclusion.  If I ask, why you believe any particular matter of fact, which you relate, you must tell me some reason; and this reason will be some other fact, connected with it.”

This message from the past might put the debate over profiling into a clearer light. The readers can make the judgment.

**The term ‘politically correct’ (and incorrect) was coined by Adolph Hitler as he rose in power to become a dictator.
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Rev. Austin Miles, a pastor-chaplain and theology instructor in Northern California is currently working toward a Ph.D in Philosophy and moonlights as a freelance writer and commentator, with stories, reviews and commentary that is published throughout the world.

 

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