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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Pushing the Envelope down the Slippery Slope

Dear Editors,
Re: Polygamy:Criminal Act or Religious Right + the Alt-A mortgage debacle

"The (modern concept of the) morality of an act is a function of the state of the system at the time it is performed" - J.Fletcher, Situation Ethics, (Westminster, Phila PA,USA) 1966

"Integrity is keeping a commitment when the circumstances for making and keeping the promise have changed"- Cannot find source

Your article by Charles Lewis (Aug 11/07, A1) re-visiting the Polygamy in Bountiful issue re-invigorates me to demand that this case be frastracked to trial, appeal and ultimately to the Supreme Court to allow the Supremes to answer question #4 in the Reference case on the definition of marriage with a real case before them. (Is the opposite‑sex requirement for marriage for civil purposes ... consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? If not, in what particular or particulars and to what extent?)

Mr Lewis' piece ends with "Once you start to change definitions there can be a whole set of repercussions," she said. "[Now] you're going to have to argue whether there's any substantial reason to restrict marriage to two people. The last argument was whether we have to restrict to two people of different sex, now we have to make an argument why it should be restricted to two. And now we have even weaker grounds for doing it." attributed to Katherine Young a professor at McGill University and that quote reminded me of the slippery slope arguments made while discussing the 2005 Civil Marriages Act.

This reminds me of the question I rhetorically posed to Messrs Martin, Cotler et al "How might your life be different if your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents had been Same-Sex couples?

Finally. a quote from a Reuters story in a rival paper, Pioneer of high-risk home lending ... lays low amid crisis, "People pushed the envelope a little bit, and nothing happened, so that became standard," Paul said. "Even if you don't want to (loosen standards), you're dragged kicking and screaming at least close to the flames."


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