So I know that the “slippery slope” type of argument is actual a logical fallacy and should not be used in convincing arguments. However, in this case there certainly seems to be some slippery slope action going on.
Check out this article – The homosexual Left’s new crusade: Normalizing adult-child sex.
Plenty of outspoken Christians have used falsely the slippery slope argument to say that if we allow homosexual marriage, then we will start allowing pedophilia, polygamy, or other things that most people still think are evil, or at least “not good.”
However, this argument can be taken in a different way that doesn’t fall into the slippery slope fallacy. If our country redefines marriage to mean something different than the lifelong committed sexual partnership between 1 man and 1 woman for the purpose of pleasure, happiness, and raising children, that is one thing. But if our country does not put in place a new definition of marriage than what are we left with?
I would say that until we get a new definition of marriage that makes sense, we do in fact open the door to other changes. This is not slippery slope, this is just common sense. If we can’t clarify our laws, then people can use the same arguments that have been used to advocate for freedom for homosexuals, in favor of pedophilia, bestiality, prostitution, polygamy, and any other number of things. The fact is that groups are advocating more freedom for these other things, and their arguments follow much of the same logic as the arguments for homosexual freedoms and homosexual marriage. If we do not come up with an agreed upon definition of marriage, and at least a partial agreed upon sexual morality, then it’s going to get very hard for lawmakers to say “no” to these other groups vying for new freedoms. How can they say “no” without being called “discriminatory?” They can’t give in to a specific argument for homosexual marriage, and then deny that same argument for something like polygamy. That would make no sense.
It will be interesting to see what happens in our country with all these things. Scary stuff. But God is in control and my hope is in him, not in some “Christian America.” If our country goes headlong into immorality, so be it. The Church’s light will become that much more bright in contrast.
Thoughts on this? Or on the article?