He who frames the question wins the debate

He who frames the question wins the debate. In the debate over SSM, Christians mustn’t permit their opponents to dictate the terms of the debate. It can be a mistake to answer a question as posed, for the way in which the issue is framed may prejudge the answer. It puts the respondent on the defensive.

For instance, Christians are asked if they’d attend a homosexual marriage. But in the SSM debate, that’s the wrong question. That’s a theological answer to a political question.

 

In context, the real question at issue isn’t what Christians should do, but what the state should do. What gov’t should force Christians to do. Put another way, not what Christians should do, but what Christians (and citizens generally) should be free to do.

 

This is a public policy question, not a question of personal Christian ethics. A question of what the law ought to be. Religious rights and religious liberties are just a special case of civil rights and civil liberties in general.

 

Triablogue: He who frames the question wins the debate.