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Topic - Darrell Christian
In politics, language controls the debate. Overturning centuries-old definitions of traditional marriage becomes "marriage equality" and banning guns becomes "gun safety." Distorting the language is intended to persuade the public to accept radical change as something ordinary and natural.
The style change has been controversial and the reaction "all over the map," Mr. Christian told the gathering last week in St. Louis, noting that critics "accused us of being co-opted by interest groups."
He said some of those groups want the word "illegal" banned outright.