Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 22:55:12 -0500


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 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

heterosexual people?...

...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?