In a message dated 01/22/2000 6:42:33 AM Central Standard Time,
<< > It is my sincere, honest, carefully considered, firmly held belief
> that Christian dogma is complete hogwash. To say anything less would
> be an insult to my audience and to philosophy as a whole. To take
> offense at such an honest expression is a fault of the listener, not
> the speaker.
So basically, you are saying if someone spouted that atheists should be
tortured and destroyed for their lack of religious affiliation, you are just
peachy with it? >>
Pretty neat argumental technique.
I think it's called "strawman". Or perhaps the new term is "codeword".
Misrepresent what someone says...attack that representation as being subhuman
and inhumane...and then represent the opponent as being the same.
Neat argumental technique....well worthy of a politician. (see...I can do it
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