From: Mike Lorrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 17:13:29 MST
Patrick Wilken wrote:
> >Mike Lorrey wrote:
> >I would not. Patrick is wrong, since Vermont, one of the most rural
> >states in the union, is the only state with a law legalizing gay
> >marriage, so not only is he (or his statement) regionally bigoted (which
> >he has since apologized for), but an urban bigot as well, though I fully
> >expect he is intelligent and polite enough to realize this and apologize
> >for it.
> Does every wrong opinion I have make me a bigot? It is an interesting
> strategy to use in argument. My original statement was that "in
> general I would expect the greatest tolerance to come from those in
> mixed urban environments, but perhaps I am wrong." Pointing out a
> single data point, when I was making a statement about possible
> general trends is hardly a way to win an argument.
A population of 400,000 people is hardly 'a single data point'.
> Would it be compelling to argue that in general gun owners are
> redneck swine, just because I have met a couple who are?
No, but if you met a whole state full of gunowning redneck swine, you
might feel justified.
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