Sunday, April 29, 2012

Widespread inference

Obama has run up against the boundary of language, leaving him open to widespread inference. He declared he was in favor of “freedom of worship” instead of “freedom of religion.” His choice of words doomed him up to criticism-by-inference. Santorum and other Christian conservatives immediately charged that “he’s against freedom of religion” and “he’s declaring war on religion.” Collateral inferences followed, confirming widespread suspicion of his Christian faith and fears that he’s a practicing Muslim. Now religious leaders are saying “he’s robbing us of our right to practice religion freely without fear of persecution from the state.”

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