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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Causality and Tautology

Cutting to the Chase: Gay-Straight Alliances: "Gay rights will likely be remembered as the critical civil rights issue of this generation. What never ceases to amaze me is the twisted logic of critics, such as the aforementioned Peter Sprigg … who argue against gay marriage by insisting that homosexuals are more promiscuous than heterosexuals, and, therefore, undeserving of the sanctity of marriage. Huh? If you accept that conceit as fact, how then does it make sense to refuse gays and lesbians the opportunity to make a life-long, loving commitment to someone? In the topsy-turvy world of Sprigg … the best prescription for promiscuity seems to be the refusal to administer a good dose of monogamy. Call me stupid, but it seems to me that if you need to shed a few pounds, the logical course of action isn't necessarily to take a blowtorch to the treadmill."
I thought Chase had some rather worthwhile comments on this issue. The issue of mental health and promiscuity relative to the homosexual community is one that, when posed by the fanatics of the Right, reaches a tautological level that completely fails to understand the profound causal relationship these very authority figures have in creating the problem. If you abuse someone and make them live in a closet to hide their nature, it is inevitable that there will be mental health issues. This is not a necessary result (example self, fiance and friends), but it is a common result, and therefore serves as a generalization or stereotype that further perpetuates the abuse.

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