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Memorial imagery shouldn't be an issue

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 3:38pm  |  Updated: June 25, 2014 - 7:28am

Regarding the Veterans Memorial at Leif Hansen Memorial Park, why does it matter about the design of this memorial? Has anyone even thought that the cemetery is taken care of by the city and all the military graves have white crosses on them? Are you saying that these should be removed also? Let’s get real. It is ridiculous to even make this an issue and shame on those who spoke up against a reverence to our military. May God bless those who have served for our freedom and just let them rest in peace with the remembrance of this monument.

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jford 06/25/14 - 09:37 am
One can have concerns about religious imagery,

without being against reverence for our military.

The one does not always lead to the other.

That's what's known as a false dichotomy.

The fallacy of a false dichotomy is committed when one claims , as the writer here claims, that their conclusion is one of only two options, when in fact there are other possible options.

The writer also attempts to claim that the 'only other option', again, their assumption, is clearly untenable, and so their implied assumption must be agreed to by all.

Notice also the use of the implied assumption that if you have concerns about religious imagery in public spaces, you also are somehow against religious imagery in a cemetery.

Again, a demonstration of the fallacy of a false dichotomy.

Can't we have respect for the beliefs of others without condemnation based solely on unfounded assumptions and fallacies?

The writer asks why something might matter, but she clearly isn't seeking any answer other than the opportunity to reinforce her own false assumptions.

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