09 wndi secular v relig ethics carly 20

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West Coast Publishing Secular v Religious Ethics LD Topic Page 1 Table of Contents TOPIC OVERVIEW ....................................................................................................................... 2 Resolved: Secular ethics ought to be prioritized above religious ethics in the legislative process ........................... 2 DEFINITIONS ................................................................................................................................. 3 THE AFFIRMATIVE ..................................................................................................................... 6 AFFIRMATIVE EXTENTIONS/BLOCKS .................................................................................... 8 PRIORITIZING SECULAR ETHICS DOES NOT REMOVE RELIGION FROM SOCIETY .............................. 8 PRIORITIZING SECULAR ETHICS IS GOOD FOR SOCIETY ......................................................................... 9 SECULARISM IS SOCIETY’S BEST WAY TO ENFORCE MORALS ............................................................ 10 RELIGIOUS ETHICS ARE PROBLEMATIC .................................................................................................... 11 GOVERNMENT ETHICS REQUIRE SECULARISM ........................................................................................ 12 RELIGIOUS ETHICS CAUSE OPPRESSION ................................................................................................... 13 INSTITUIONALIZING RELIGION CAUSES TYRANNY ................................................................................ 14 INSTITUIONALIZING RELIGION DESTROYS RELIGION ........................................................................... 14 INSTITUIONALIZING RELIGION CAUSES WARFARE ................................................................................ 15 INSTITUIONALIZING RELIGION CAUSES RELIGIOUS INSURGENCE/TERRORISM .............................. 15 INSTITUTIONALIZING RELIGION HURTS MINORITIES ............................................................................ 16 RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE BREEDS VIOLENCE ........................................................................................ 16 INSTITUTIONALIZING RELIGION CAUSES RIGHTS ABUSES/SOCIAL PROBLEMS .............................. 17 INSTITUTIONALIZING RELIGION HURTS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION/JUSTICE .................................. 18 SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE KEY TO LIBERTY ....................................................................... 18 THE NEGATIVE ........................................................................................................................... 19 SAMPLE NEGATIVE CASE ............................................................................................................................. 19 NEGATIVE EXTENSIONS AND BLOCKS ............................................................................... 21 RELIGION CREATES CONSITENCY ............................................................................................................. 21 RELIGION IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE ETHICS ................................................................................. 22 RELIGION CREATES STABILITY ................................................................................................................... 23 SECULARISM ETHICS ARE HARMFUL ......................................................................................................... 24 SECULAR LAW UNDERMINES RELIGIOUS FAITH ..................................................................................... 25 FOCUSING ON SECULAR ETHICS UNIVERSALLY DOES NOT WORK ..................................................... 25 RELIGION SHOULD BE A SOURCE OF DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL ACTIVISM ....................................... 26 STRICT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IS HARMFUL TO POLICY-MAKING ......................... 27
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West Coast Publishing Secular v Religious Ethics LD Topic Page 2 TOPIC OVERVIEW Resolved: Secular ethics ought to be prioritized above religious ethics in the legislative process Carly Johnson Whitman College As can be seen in the past few pages, there are many important aspects to this debate. First, each side needs to carefully plan how they are going to frame the debate. Because of all the different components of the topic, it is essential for both the negative and the affirmative to have a strong resolutional analysis for the direction of their case. This means full definitions of all the key terms, such as religious ethics, secular ethics, prioritize and ought. Framework is the backbone of the case, if a case is missing it, then it has no support or direction. Taking the time to analyze the resolution thoroughly and deciding what a debater needs for their case is essential and worth all of the effort. This resolution truly relies on how each term is defined. Each case idea is unique to a different pairing of definitions and analysis of each pair. Prioritize is used in this debate to make sure that religion is not eliminated completely for the affirmative world. This allows the affirmative to say that religious ethics still exist within society, and even sometimes within law when it is needed. Prioritize does not mean eliminated. Negatives use prioritized as an absolute, using it to show the urgency that religion is needed to have ethics. Or, the negative can chose to say that prioritizing does not exist in this debate because religion is the origin of all ethics. The word ought is not as
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