Kennedy was not a homosexual…

Take the following text: “Kennedy was not a homosexual.” A postmodernist may respond in this way:

“I want to know why anybody would have to make such a statement if there wasn’t a suspicion that Kennedy was a homosexual. And if there was a suspicion of the fact that he was a homosexual, given his popularity, there’s a pretty good chance that suspicion is true. Since the suspicion is probably true, the statement ‘Kennedy was not a homosexual’ is not a truth statement, it’s damage control. So it turns out the statement ‘Kennedy was not a homosexual’ really means that Kennedy was a homosexual.”

Now there I’ve taken a statement and actually derived it to have the opposite meaning to the one the author intended by asking certain kinds of questions of it.

J. P. Moreland, from the lecture Truth and the Consequences of Postmodernism

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