Religion in rhetoric

Jason Rosenhouse has a good point:

God-based morality only seems to come out when religious folks are trying to argue that X is immoral even though X has no obvious harmful consequences (or, perhaps, beneficial consequences). Gay marriage and embryonic stem-cell research are good cases in point. The statement, “X is wrong because it is against the will of God,” is the rhetorical equivalent of, “I’ve got nothing.

–from “Why Creationists Shouldn’t Do Logic”

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