Sunday, February 22, 2009

My letter to NC Times (published 2-27)

Proposition 8 supporters like Gary Zacharias (Community Forum)raise the concern (sincere or not) that same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy and other destructive relationships. Like Mr.Zacharias, I believe in traditional values. I therefore propose the following constitutional amendment: Women shall no longer be allowed to vote in the State of California.

Don't call me a sexist: I'm just upholding "traditional" voting. Women didn't vote in Biblical times or even in the early 20th century. There's no evidence God wants women voting. Besides, allowing women to vote could lead to infants voting, or animals voting, or other absurd arrangements. Let's go and raise support for Prop.9: Restore Traditional Suffrage!

His "argument":
In addition, Prop. 8 recognized that any change in the institution of marriage opens the door to all sorts of odd and potentially destructive relationships. Once we have redefined marriage to include a gay or lesbian couple, how can we exclude any arrangement? What’s to keep three men from wanting to have a "marriage"? Why not a 10-year old girl and a 50-year old man? A brother and a sister? There’s no logical or legal reason why any other grouping should be excluded.

Right, so why didn't legalizing women suffrage lead to hamsters voting, as Bill Maher wittily points out? Legalizing tobacco hasn't led to cocaine legalization. Mr.Zacharias' slippery slope argument is a common one, but a fallacious one.

(His absurd argument is here). My comment is below.

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