Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 22:55:12 -0500
From: RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: "Beg the Question"--another example
Here is the complete context--see last line for example.
by Dennis Ryerson, editor of The Des Moines Register [Sunday, February 25,
WHY ARE WE SO FEARFUL? (excerpt)
Why are we so full of fear?
Why are we so fearful that an as-yet unmade Hawaii court ruling will mean
the downfall of heterosexual marriage in Iowa?
Why are we so fearful that English won't continue to be the prevailing
language in Iowa?
Why are we so fearful about allowing somebody, in the agonizing ending
stages of a horrible disease or suffering from an injury from which there is
no hope of recovery, to get help in ending his or her life?
We are we so fearful that we are demanding our government pass laws in
each of these areas?...
...What demonstrable threat is gay marriage to heterosexual marriage? Can
anybody demonstrate that gay people make for less stable unions than
...Republicans, with some good reason, for years protested against
Democratic moves toward "social engineering" and imposing government into so
many aspects of our lives.
But now it is the Republicans who are attempting to do a little social
engineering. It is the get-government-out-of-our-lives Republicans who are
pushing government into our personal lives.
We can't leave it to individuals and their doctors to decide whether
enough pain and suffering is enough.
We want to prevent two people who love each other from protections and
opportunities a legal marriage provides...
...It begs the question: Why are we all so fearful?