May 22, 2018 Dennis Prager
If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne:
"It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.' It's not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger that genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path."
Let's begin with the first sentence: "It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.'" This is so self-evident to Dionne that he adds, "It's not something we should even have to debate." Only someone who has never debated the issue could make such a claim. So allow me to debate the assertion. My view is the antithesis of Dionne's. As I see it, it is not right to never call another human being an "animal."
Calling the cruelest among us names such as "animal" or any other "dehumanizing" epithet actually protects humans. The word "beastly" exists for a reason and is frequently applied to human beings. By rhetorically reading certain despicable people out of the human race, we elevate the human race.
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