Friday, February 15, 2013

There's a slippery slope alright


The slippery slope. It's an argumentative way of trying to scare people from considering anything new, used for so many centuries against so many civil rights issues that it seems absurd to me anybody still uses it, considering how many civil rights causes have won, and that we're still fighting like crazy over any civil rights issue in the present day.

You'd think that this fact alone would kill the slippery slope argument. But no, it doesn't. They can't be stopped using it because it's knee-jerk for jerks.

The notion is that any change in any way will cause all of western civilization to crumble down a slippery slope where Satan is worshiped in schools and women hump fire hydrants in the streets. The above diagram shows how those who make slippery slope arguments view the world. To them, there's an angry god ready to push the world down to the pit of hell as punishment of acting kind and right towards people whom they insist their god hates.

I'm not going to argue about the presence of a slippery slope. Not in the least. I'm just going to issue a new diagram that shows the reality of its existence:

At the top of this slope is where people live as privileged members of society. In the pit at the bottom of the slope is where people live as second-class, hated, discriminated members of society. And as you can see, they try so hard to climb up that slippery slope just for the equality they deserve. Meanwhile, haters at the top are dumping more slime on the slope and taunting the person crawling for freedom.

And in this diagram, gays, at the bottom, of course.

And this is what sucks. Also in that pit are people like child-fuckers, unless they're priests or what have you, and are in hiding, acting as esteemed members of society but in secret, fucking kids. We gays have no disagreement that some belong down there. We just disagree with who should! Why should two consenting adults who love each other be in that pit with greedy bastards who pay no taxes, destroy the environment for profit, or engage in rightwing wars on women and poor (for example), while those kid-fucking priests who are in hiding are not down there? That's why those arguments equating gays with bestiality and kid rape is so stupidly wrong.

It is hell for hated people who deserve a proper place in society to try to get up there to the top of that slope. It always has been. Fortunately many straight allies on the top have changed their hearts and are helping to extend a ladder to us. I assure you, this will not cause society to slip down to the bottom, and by no means will it cause child-fucking assholes, bestiality practitioners, or crazy people who want to marry their toaster oven, to slip up that slope to where we are. 

They said the same about if we'd allow blacks to be equal, or to marry across racial lines, and yet decades later, we're still struggling. The slope isn't what you think it is. And the angry god you think will punish us? Well, he hasn't pushed us into hell for the way we used to treated blacks as slaves, or women as beaten property solely good for kid-making, so I think we're safe.

There is no remaining excuse for inequality to those who deserve it. Period. End of discussion on that matter.