Welcome back to "Doggerel," where I ramble on about words and phrases that are misused, abused, or just plain meaningless.
It's very much a cliché to point it out, but pretty much every atheist and skeptic knows it's essentially a declaration of forfeiture used by various fundies. I might as well list some of the situations where I've seen it come up:
- Whenever someone points out the immorality in their 'holy' books, and they don't have a handy apologetic.
- Whenever someone catches them condoning or endorsing an obvious and/or heinous crime.
- Whenever someone points out glaring instances of hypocrisy.
- Whenever someone points out irreconcilable contradictions in a literal interpretation of two verses.
- Whenever someone points out the pointlessness of a "moral" law.
- Whenever someone points out how excessive the penalties for trivial infractions are.
A similar instance involved a request for me to "pray for an answer," which, of course, netted no change: "God" verified that the fundie I was arguing against was wrong, and an evil, depraved person, just like I knew all along.
Here's a tip: If you want to prove a scientific claim to a skeptic, make a prediction and then test it by performing a proper experiment. If you want to make a moral claim, well, chances are you'll have to do a lot of creative reinterpretation to claim the high ground.