Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Jacoby: Lawful Incest May Be On the Way

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote an interesting column in the May 2nd edition of the Globe entitled "Lawful incest may be on its way."

The column vindicates the reactions of former Senator Rick Santorum and Justice Antonin Scalia to the landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision that struck down American sodomy laws. In part, Jacoby writes:

Your reaction to the prospect of lawful incest may be "Ugh, gross." But personal repugnance is no replacement for moral standards. For more than 3,000 years, a code of conduct stretching back to Sinai has kept incest unconditionally beyond the pale. If sexual morality is jettisoned as a legitimate basis for legislation, personal opinion and cultural fashion are all that will remain. "Should Incest Be Legal?" Time asks. Expect more and more people to answer yes.

It's an interesting read, and it goes to prove that the slippery slopes that conservatives speak of and that draw laughter from the liberals do exist when logic and deductive reasoning are extended.


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