A Brief Response to Tony Byrne

Tony Byrne has commented on my preceding post in the comments on a particular post at Peter Lumpkins’ website. When I attempted a brief rejoinder, I found I cannot post there anymore (which is fine with me, I assure you). But since I took the time to write it prior to rushing off to the airport, I wanted to post it somewhere, and this seems to be the best place to do so.

Tony:

I have no interest in theological dialogue with you. You’ve proven yourself incapable of “hearing” anything outside your Amyraldian strictures. It doesn’t matter what I say, you have it all figured out.

Secondly, it is hard for me to believe you were in channel as often as you once were (and, if I was so inclined, I could determine exactly how many days you were in channel over the past decade) and yet not understand how the channel works. What’s more, you 1) remembered clearly that AOMin had sent you packing the last time you had been in channel, and that was 30 weeks prior; and 2) you gave clear indication of hiding your original nick. When you were asked if you had been in channel before, you did not offer ynottony when asked: you had to be asked specifically. You refused to offer your actual normal nick until someone else asked directly. I’ve run an IRC chat channel since 1996. I’ve seen that maneuver hundreds of times before, and always by ban evaders. It’s classic. Also, we cleared the CStar banlist a few months ago due to a bad ban that was creating problems, hence your ability to get back in channel.

Next, I’m glad you admit the accuracy of the log despite your not remembering the comment (anyone in channel who was logging at the time could confirm the log—don’t you keep logs?). However, shouldn’t you have avoided the accusation inherent in your statement that it was certainly FALSE that you had mentioned Reymond? Why not say, “I have no recollection of making that statement about Reymond”? My memory isn’t perfect, and I already sense the degradation of age, but even my enemies have to admit that when I debate, my memory is quite functional. It was your certainty that was latched onto by men who will believe anything, no matter how outlandish, as long as it could be used to cast negative light upon me.

With that, I am….thankful you admit the encounter, and hope others will finally do the right thing as well.

james