Cranmer's Law

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Cranmer's Law is a maxim referring to a rhetorical technique used by liberals. It states:

It hath been found by experience that no matter how decent, intelligent or thoughtful the reasoning of a conservative may be, as an argument with a liberal is advanced, the probability of being accused of ‘bigotry’, ‘hatred’ or ‘intolerance’ approaches 1 (100%).[1]

Through the inclusion of a probability, Cranmer's Law resembles the structure of related phenomena such as Godwin's Law. Specifically, Cranmer's Law demonstrates the tendency of some liberals to rely upon loaded terms in attempting to challenge conservative lines of argument.

The law was coined in September 2011 on an award-wining conservative English blog named after Anglican Archbishop Thomas Cranmer of the 16th century. According to eponymous post, the proposition has been in development for many months, if not years, but the articulation was awaiting further empirical evidence.

The rhetorical technique was also observed by journalist Melanie Phillips in the context of abortion:

If so, this demonstrates…the power of the campaigns of instantaneous demonisation and denunciation now employed to silence those who uphold a socially conservative position by tarring and feathering them as swivel-eyed bigots.[2]


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