Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Charges and counter-charges are flying back and forth. According to KJB, MG committed the following sins:
- He doesn't have a Ph.D. or D.Phil. in philosophy, and therefore his opinions on matters philosophical aren't worth considering.
- He's too uppity.
- He takes Mark 16:15 too literally.
- His conservative credentials are dubious.
- He regards the group blog as his personal fiefdom.
- He unilaterally banned blog comments.
In the Roman empire, treason against the state or against the emperor as the embodiment of the state was called maiestas (cf. French lèse-majesté). The penalty was often death, but to add insult to injury, an additional punishment of damnatio memoriae was sometimes imposed. Damnatio memoriae included:
- A prohibition on naming anyone in the perpetrator's family after the perpetrator.
- Destruction of any images of the perpetrator.
- Removal of the perpetrator's name from inscriptions.