06 June 2006

More ad hominem in public discourse

A caller to Dennis Prager’s show wanted to argue against the federal marriage amendment on the grounds that the people who are in favor of it are so because of their religious beliefs.

Also, this caller overlooks the fact that what constitutes a “religious” belief is somewhat arguable. On one view (which is one to which I hold) a “religious” belief is a belief about what, or whom, is ultimate. Hence, on this view, both theism and atheism are religious beliefs. For theists, God is ultimate; for atheists, the cosmos is ultimate. Another view holds that a belief is “religious” only if it concerns a deity.

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