You may have had the experience of a religious person attempting to use reasoning (good start) to bring you around to their viewpoint, but often what results is just a re-phrasing of the assertion they're trying to get you to believe, which is what happened here. (A concrete poor man's version of this is trying to get you to believe the Bible by quoting the Bible.) Another pattern is jumping to an unwarranted specific conclusion, like the one in this excellent Jesus and Mo comic.
USA PATRIOT Act
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