This Factual Bull Crap guy got his friend DK to vouch for him to me to stop calling him "Factual Bull Crap" on my blog roll. The problem is, Factual Basis is full of crap.
The post he wrote on his blog to answer my previous post is total nonsense.
It starts out with him whining about me calling him "Factual Bull Crap." Then as a publicity stunt, he links to 2 bloggers, me and DK, who he disagrees with. I am totally not impressed. Unless Factual Basis says that orthodox jews living in enclaves such as Lakewood, New Jersey, Kiryas Joel, New York and Mea Shearaim, Israel should at minimum be aware of the findings of science (and the proofs that science uses) on how the universe began and how life developed on Earth, Factual Basis' link to me and DK is a meaningless publicity stunt.
Its like, for Public Relations purposes, Factual Basis is like ya ok disagreements are cool, but behind the backs of people who Factual Basis would want to sway, Factual Basis is like, 'dang, science sucks. We can't let our sheeple know about science.'
Then Factual Basis compares the interpretive power that Judaism supposedly grants rabbis to interpret the Pentateauch, to the Supreme Court vis a vis the legislature.
I have two points to respond to that.
1) Sometimes in the Supreme Court, sometimes there's issues on whether or not the supreme court is playing legislature. A conservative in American politics may say that the Row vs. Wade decision is an example of that.
Orthodox Judaism has a similar problem in dietary laws and dress code rules. I feel that total separation of meat and dairy is so much of a stretch from don't cook a young goat in its mother's milk that it qualifies as creating a new religious rule (creating new religious rules are not allowed in the Pentateauch.) Also, not allowing jeans in yeshivas for sure qualifies as creating a new religious rule, again not allowed in the Pentateuch.
2) Does the Pentateuch or the oral law give the rabbis the sole power to interpret? Rabbinical Judaism started in 70 AD after the destruction of the Second Temple, over a thousand years after the giving of the Pentateuch, if one were to believe that the event happened. So, the answer is no. (The precursors of rabbinic judaism are the pharissee religious party, which began in 160 BC. as a response to the sadducees who did not even believe in an oral law)
After that, Factual Basis got his history all fucked up. He wrote "Since many non-Jews also accept the Bible as sacred the Oral Torah is the main thing that distinguishes Judaism and makes it unique. The Oral Torah could therefore not be written until the non-Jews had adopted their own religion based on the bible. G-d thus said, “if I would have written the majority of the Torah, [Israel] would be counted as the same as strangers (Hosea 8:12)"
This is wrong. The supposed oral law was written down into the Mishna and Talmud to try to avoid balkanization.
Finally, Factual Basis tries to respond to my post, but he responds to something I didn't say with arguments that are not even his own. Factual Basis responded as if I said that an oral law is impossible. It certainly is possible for God to have given Moses extra info that wasn't written down, if the giving of the Pentateuch did indeed happen. However, oral traditions are less reliable than written traditions because duh there's no physical evidence ... its ORAL. There's much more room for twisting it, getting it wrong, making it up, etc. in an oral tradition.