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the damage done by one misplaced word

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Aug 05, 2010

 In his otherwise excellent statement responding to the judicial overthrow of California’s Proposition 8, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz includes this questionable sentence:

“Marriage is more fundamental and essential to the well being of society than perhaps any other institution.”

What is the word “perhaps” doing in that statement—aside from sapping the strength of the statement, I mean? There is no “perhaps” here. What institution is as fundamental, as essential, as marriage? If you even hesitate, you’re not thinking clearly. It’s not close. 

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  • Posted by: jackist7902 - Aug. 05, 2010 7:04 PM ET USA

    Ditto

  • Posted by: wacondaseeds4507 - Aug. 05, 2010 4:06 PM ET USA

    The Church.

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