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Hypothetical Scare Stories

Look! Another instance of "Something bad might happen; therefore, we must stop it!"

We've gotten really good at this belief system. It's gotten us into two wars, justified the assassination of US citizens on foreign soil (Trial? We don't need no stinkin' trial), and led to us believing that removing our shoes at airports will make us safer.

Why does this argument sound so familiar? It's the same tactic used by those opposed to marriage equality. In addition to the bogus "It will infringe on religious freedom" argument, there's the "We don't know what harm it will do to the fabric of our society - and especially to children - therefore, it must be prevented" argument. Both of these are recycled arguments from 50-60 years ago regarding interracial marriage. And they are still working!

It works really well with voters because they aren't Constitutional lawyers, and sheep scare easily. But this argument is invalid under scrutiny of the courts, as has been proven in the Prop 8 trial and several DOMA cases.

Florida seems to lead the way in imaginary wrongs that must be righted. Their arguments for voter fraud prevention are the same ones used in Pennsylvania.

Watch as John Oliver of the Daily Show spits these arguments right back at those who've made them. Even they look amazed at the stupidity of it all.

The Daily Show with Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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