Analysis of “Dearly Beloved”
In “Dearly Beloved” (2006), Cal Thomas argues that gay marriage should be illegal for the “betterment of society.” He supports his argument by asserting that same-sex couples use the political system to their own advantage and sue those that discriminate against them, such as religious groups and employers. Thomas states, “If same-sex ‘marriage’ is allowed, no one will ever be able to say ‘no’ to anything again.” His purpose is to not legalize gay marriage in order to preserve the traditional ways of marriage and not “lose our moral sense.” He employs an array of language techniques such as metaphor, juxtaposition, and antithesis to enhance his argument. He attempts to persuade those who are against gay marriage or want to be informed with an exaggerated tone. Thomas begins his essay with a quotation from the traditional Christian Bible for marriage ceremony. He uses the quote to state that tradition marriage is being destroyed because of same-sex marriage. Then he asserts that gay-marriage is a new trend that will pass and that in every new trend that comes we “lose our moral sense.” In addition, he believes that same-sex couples have been using the political system to their advantage to achieve their goal even though their cry for legal marriage has been defeated in court numerous times. He indicates that religious groups would be sued for “discrimination.” To supports his argument, he uses a lawsuit case in which a an adaptation agency, Catholic Charities, was sued for refusing to allow “foster children with same-sex couples.” Furthermore, he uses another case in which a polygamist in Utah filed a lawsuit to allow him to marry more than one wife, to assert the assumption that “if same-sex marriage is allowed, no one will ever be able to say ‘no’ to anything again.” Throughout the essay, Thomas uses an exaggerated tone and appeals to authority, emotion, and logic to persuade his readers. He appeals to tradition and attempts to...
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