Anti-Polemics Cognitive Dissonance Syndrome (ACDS) is an unfortunate hypocrisy among those who detest polemics and/or discernment for being “angry,” or for being “hateful,” who in their rebuffing of polemics and/or discernment are actually more angry and hateful than the polemicists they criticize.
Cognitive Dissonance is the the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. When combined with a hatred of polemics or polemicists, critics of discernment attack discerning people for behavior that is far less caustic, disagreeable, or hostile than those they criticize.
Examples include those like Mr. and Mrs. Erin Harding, Kofi Adu-Boahen, or Pastor Tom Buck, who treat polemicists far more harshly, with more vitriol, and more viciousness than those polemicists ever treated a false teacher. Ironically, those with ACDS are unable to see that their continual, ongoing nastiness towards polemicists undermine their own intellectual honesty and remove any reasonable hope at holding the moral high ground. More famous examples of ACDS may include Steven Furtick’s “Hey Haters” video, Perry Noble’s now-infamous “Jackass in the church” sermon, or Leighton Flower’s recent angry name-calling of polemicists. In all of these instances, the hatred and anger displayed toward polemicists is far worse than anything displayed by those specializing in polemics.