So There Really Is a Slippery Slope

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When a Salon author was hammering on one of the Osmonds for standing up for traditional marriage, I made a comment that opening up traditional marriage to homosexuals could lead to a malleable definition of that institution.  Once something is redefined, I reasoned, what is there to prevent it from being further redefined?  Why not marriage between a man and two more men, or a man with several women?  Or a man and a child? I was digitally assaulted with ad hominems and put downs, for, as the commenters at Salon calmly explained, how could I be such a idiot?  No one was pushing for marriage between anything other than two consenting, loving adults.  My point was a non sequitur to throw off the discussion.

Well, it didn’t take long to see the branches of the homosexual marriage advocates bear strange but predictable fruit.

(Fox News) Advocacy groups for polygamy and individual liberties on Saturday hailed a federal judge’s ruling that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, saying it will remove the threat of arrest for those families.

…The ruling was a victory for Kody Brown and his four wives who star in the hit TLC reality show “Sister Wives” and other fundamentalist Mormons who believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

This unsurprising ruling (in light of the pressure homosexual marriage advocates are exerting nationwide) seemed to confirm many conservatives’ suspicions about redefining marriage.  It certainly confirmed mine. Changing the definition of marriage will result in it becoming anything society says it is.

An alliance, albeit a loose one, appears to be forming between two very different camps.

On one side, the progressive left agitates for homosexual marriage. On the other side, a strange mix of entertainment moguls and strange real-life apostates push for polygamous marriage.  When I first heard about Big Love on HBO, I had assumed that Hollywood would portray polygamy as a “Mormon” thing in order to show that Mormons are cult whackjobs.  Produced by Tom Hanks, Big Love made it painfully obvious to any real Mormon that its agenda was to show Mormons as controlling, neurotic despots over their flock, be it their wards or families.  The protagonist polygamist, although cast in a sympathetic light, nevertheless is weird enough to keep the attention of viewers curious for the salacious details of living with multiple wives.  The little I saw of the series bored me to distraction, so I gave up trying to see what Tom Hanks really thought of the Mormons.  Fortunately,  he provided a quote to help me understand his views on Mormons who support traditional marriage:

“the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen, There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them.”

Tom’s agent (who must have realized that Mormons are not quite as small a minority as Tom may have thought) I’m sure convinced him to retract his statement that Mormons who supported Proposition 8 were un-American.  To his credit, he did retract, but I believe Mr. Hanks allowed us a glimpse into his thinking in an unguarded moment.

Now TLC  produces a reality show, Sister Wives, about the day to day doings of a Utah polygamist and the show seems quite sympathetic to Kody’s plight.  He’s a polygamist living in fear of arrest every day.  Poor, poor Kody!  I think it is interesting that in both Big Love and Sister Wives, the producers choose the polygamist himself as their hero.  My, have we come a long way from when the polygamist was the aging Brigham Young, preying on poor, defenseless virgins for his great lust!  Contrast Hollywood’s present day take on polygamy with that of the history of the early Mormon church— polygamy was one of the main curmudgeons used by the press to hammer the weird Mormons and call for their extermination.

What strange bedfellows politics have made.  Homosexual marriage advocates alongside polygamists.  That slope had to have been pretty slippery for those two groups to find common ground.

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One Response to “So There Really Is a Slippery Slope”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    I had the same thing happen to me when I used to try to voice my opinions in the sewer that is internet article comments. The redefinition argument is dismissed out of hand because it is a slippery slope argument and thus not allowed in sophistic circles. I might remind them now, if I cared, that just because an argument is logical doesn’t mean it is true. And vice versa.

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