Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bill O'Reilly and Polyamory

Over at Vermont Polygamy (which I wonder if I should take down and re title "New England Polygamy") I have posted on the Culture warrior segment of the O'Reilly factor last night. God help me if I ever get my wish and end up on some program like "The Factor." Just keeping up with the auctioneer's style of delivery that some the guests have would be one of the biggest problems.

Read on.

I have listened to the audio of this encounter now three times, and only in conjunction with the transcript at "Media Matters," did I begin to understand everything that was said, and who said what.

Of the three, Gretchen Carlson and Bill O'Reilly make the most sense, Margaret Hoover makes the least. An accurate transcript is linked to in the above video window, that takes you to Media Matters, my detailed analysis is at Vermont Polygamy. "Dumb. Blonde. Republican."

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Roci said...

He is, of course, correct. The slippery slope argument occasionally does result in falling down a slippery slope. The appeals to "traditional 2 person" marriages are no longer valid in states that have abandoned it in favor of homosexual marriages. Nor is anti-Mormonism a compelling legal precedent to base laws upon.

Laws should be based on some general principle that can be logically and rationally applied by reasonable people. Every argument in favor of same-sex "marriage" is just as compelling an argument for other forms of marriage, including those that are conceptually preposterous (marriage to inanimate objects or animals).

The argument "the word marriage means something" is laughable coming from someone who advocated for same-sex marriage.

Novaseeker said...

There is indeed a slippery slope.

Look at Canada. There is a challenge to the antipolygamy laws there now working its way through the legal system, and commentators seem to think that the ban on polygamy is going to be struck down under the Canadian charter.

I blogged about it here: http://novaseeker.blogspot.com/2009/04/slippery-slope.html