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Old 08-21-2011, 02:34 PM
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Default Re: Hate filled rhetoric possibly contributed to violence.

Originally Posted by badhatharry View Post
This is just going round and round but I will add this...

You say : principles by the way I would argue are enshrined both in the constitution as written, as well as in its evolving interpretation by an increasingly enlightened America, i.e. we shouldn't discriminate based on race, religion, gender or sexual preference

First off there is nothing in the constitution about not discriminating based on gender or sexual preference. But even if there were it would refer only to a specific set of activities such as those which are delineated in the Civil Rights Act. The constitution says nothing about how people are supposed to think or feel, thank goodness.
Right, that's why I included the subsequent interpretations. I think a fair case can be made that there are principles in the constitution from which logically follow things like opposition to slavery, women voting, and yes, gay rights - even if they weren't spelled out at the time.

And I'm not saying people don't have a right to think anything. I'm just saying they are wrong to think that way (their thoughts are based on flawed cognition). Just like it is wrong to think that 2 +2 = 5.
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