March 05, 2013
More articles for thoughtful reflection
The more thoughtful reflection about "where we are and whither we are tending," the better.
Posted by Robert George on March 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM | Permalink
The "well-organised lobby group Polyamory Action Lobby" discussed in the second article has their website here: http://polyaction.nfshost.com/home The sole "Action" item it has is a change.org petition to pressure the Australian House of Representatives to permit marriage for polyamorous relationships. That petition, which looks like it was started a little more than a month ago, has all of 39 signatures (their objective seems to be 100); the most recent was eleven hours ago, and the most recent before that four days ago. This is not the sort of thing of which viable political movements are made.
As far as I can tell, the most significant thing that ever happened involving PAL was its invocation by Australian Senator Cory Bernardi in Parliament, to attack the Green Party and its support for same-sex marriage on slippery-slope grounds: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2Fbbf08272-5de4-436c-9325-d389def0cc1c%2F0260%22
Posted by: JHW | Mar 6, 2013 7:42:06 AM
When you deny The Truth of Love, anything can become permissible.
Posted by: N.D. | Mar 6, 2013 11:58:59 AM
Why the great fear of polyamory? As I have said before, some conservatives seem to fear that we're on the verge of some floodgate opening, and vast numbers of people will want to enter into plural marriages, not to mention engage in homosexual sex, bestiality, and pedophilia. The slope here seems to be considered one of the steepest and slipperiest ever encountered.
To me, heterosexual pairing (either lifelong or serial) seems to me very firmly entrenched in both culture and human nature. I can't imagine there are many people who would actually *want* to form a polyamorous relationship. Having one spouse is as much as (or more than) most people can handle.
I wonder how those who are so distressed at the thought of polygamy feel about the fact that where it is most likely to be practiced in the United States (Utah and Arizona) law enforcement makes it clear that they will tolerate it. This is from the office of the Utah Attorney General: "Polygamy is illegal in Utah and forbidden by the Arizona constitution. However, law enforcement agencies in both states have decided to focus on crimes within polygamous communities that involve child abuse, domestic violence and fraud. . . ."
Posted by: David Nickol | Mar 6, 2013 7:31:46 PM