His weapons are the rhetoric of pathos:
You [Govenor Chafee] are imposing your will and you’re making the people unhappy….You’re not making anybody happy. Everybody’s unhappy with you.
Christianity is a philosophy. You don't have to believe Jesus is God in order to admire his view on life.Even if you were to accept his argument, there’s a devil that lurks in the details.
To reveal the two-edge sword of his critical deficient thinking, Mr. O’Reilly would be well served to look anew at the historical times of another Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln. The subject of one of his bestselling books was himself the victim of this demon.
A scene from Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln has the Copperhead and New York Democrat Congressman Fernando Wood making the following argument against the 13th Amendment President Lincoln was spearheading:
the historical record echoes Wood’s exact sentiment:
The Almighty has fixed the distinction of the races; the Almighty has made the black man inferior, and, sir, by no legislation, by no military power, can you wipe out this distinction.
Therefore, not only does government have a responsibility to protect the exercise of religion, it also has the responsibility to clearly, emphatically and rigorously defend itself from those that would use religion to subjugate public policy making.
Harvard University (O’Reilly’s alma mater) has as its motto Veritas/Truth. Rhetoric/argument supported by logos is the only philosophy that protects us from the Fernando Wood’s of our world. And to this end, science is revealing that the ‘Golden Rule’ is a universal that must inform our public policy.
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