Supporting the right of the Amish

Supporting the right of the Amish

The following passage is a letter to the editor responding to a previous letter not to attend high school. I would like to answer those misguided persons who have so eloquently defended the Amish people regarding their recent trouble with the law. I agree that pictures of people who have broken the law being marched off to jail is not pretty. But I would also like to remind your readers that freedom of religion gives no one the right to flout or break existing law.

If it can be proven that our present laws are bad with regard to the higher education of American citizens, let them be changed. But until that is done, let no law abiding , God fearing Amish or anyone else disobey them. Laws are made for the good of all whether or not these people, through ignorance or stupidity, know it. Let s remember, too, that these same laws were recently defended by other loyal Americans at great cost, but with little support from the Amish and others of their ilk .

No Amish son died upon the battlefield. No Amish child must ask his mother why his soldier father never returned from the war. People like these who refused to fight for their rights have little to complain about when we must force them to obey our laws, bought and delivered at the cost of loyal American lives. I am quite sure they would be the first to impose their laws upon us should the shoe be on the other foot. If you question this, ask anyone who has lived in a community where their influence is strong. They are law abiding people until they chose to act otherwise as witness their disgraceful actions in recent weeks. By these they have again proved what basically poor excuses for Americans they are.

1. What is the issue?

2. What is the conclusion?

3. Identify two reasons.

4. Identify two ambiguous terms or phrases.

5. What is the value conflict?

6. What is the descriptive assumption?

7. Identify two fallacies in reasoning and name them.


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