Court Has Put U.S. on Slippery Slope
Times-News, July 24, 2003
Box 490, Hendersonville, NC 28792-0490
Consider a few things when you ponder the implications of
the Supreme Courtís overturning of the Texas sodomy law. Sen. Rick Santorum
was blasted in the media for raising the far-reaching legal implications of
the case. Many people, including conservatives, applauded the case as a
confirmation of personal privacy.
However, one of the central points of the case was the
consensual nature of the sexual behavior. If consent is the defining attribute
of a relationship, are consensual incest, polygamy, pedophilia and bestiality
then acceptable? Think this line of reasoning is far-fetched or extreme?
Please consider the following facts:
Current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as an
attorney for the ACLU, lobbied to lower the age of consent for sexual acts to
12 years old.
During its annual convention in May, the American
Psychiatric Association discussed the removal of pedophilia (and other
paraphilias) from its diagnostic manuals.
Peter Singer, the eminent bioethicist at Princeton,
argues that bestiality is perfectly acceptable; that animals can and do
consent, and that consent need not be verbal.
Let me ask you a question. Do we truly want a society in
which unlimited sexual expression is synonymous with American freedom?
óMark Rich, Hendersonville
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