April 27, 2009

THE MOTHER OF ALL EVILS:

Toppling the last taboo: Is incest merely a relic of a decrepit moral system? (Margaret Somerville | Tuesday, 21 April 2009)

The words of Pierre-Elliot Trudeau, former prime minister of Canada, that “the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation”, are frequently being trotted out lately. They’ve been used to argue for legalizing same-sex marriage and polygamy; to argue against any restrictions on new reproductive technologies; and to argue that the criminal law should not be employed to prosecute knowingly placing a sexual partner at risk of the transmission of HIV. Most recently, they were used in a discussion, on "The Current", a show on the CBC network, about decriminalizing incest. [...]

Some people are proposing that just as laws criminalizing homosexual acts or limiting marriage to monogamous heterosexual unions have been changed, the law against incest should be repealed. They argue this law is outdated, does not reflect current social mores regarding sexual activity, and is nothing more than imposing some people’s view of morality on others in a context where personal privacy should take priority.

Underlying their approach is the belief that personal preference is the guiding principle regarding one’s sexual activity and that what one does, as long as it’s among consenting adults, causes no harm to anyone else.


Of course, the "adult" and the "consenting" and the "harm" are completely arbitrary by their reasoning as well. There is no slippery slope--once you untether yourself from reality you're already at the bottom of the abyss, whether you recognize it immediately or not.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2009 6:26 AM
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