Tuesday, October 7, 2014

National Review Writer Compares Gay Marriage To Dred Scott

Chairman, Department of Hyperbole
Witherspoon Institute

Matthew Franck, Director of the "William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution" at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton provides an excellent example of the rhetorical device hyperbole. - gwc

National Review Writer Compares Gay Marriage To Dred Scott: "Reacting to Monday's news that the Supreme Court had cleared the way for same-sex marriage across much of the country, writer Matthew J. Franck called the Court's acquiescence "a slow-motion Dred Scott for the twenty-first century." In Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court ruled that blacks "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect," rejecting Scott's appeal for freedom and destroying the Missouri Compromise."
He elaborated later:
In Dred Scott it was the false idea that some human beings can own other human beings, and that a democratic people cannot say otherwise. In the same-sex marriage rulings it is the false idea that men can marry men, and women can marry women, and that democratic peoples cannot say otherwise.

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