Sometimes I suspect my usual, verbose style makes it difficult to see the point I’m getting at. Unlike Bryce and his proud auto-obscuritanism, I’m not sure this is good for my readership. At least not all the time.
So I’m going to redo and expound upon Frame Shifts Part 1: Sexual Orientation, in very few words:
1) Americans believe discriminating based on genetically-determined characteristics is wrong.
2) Americans now believe sexual orientation is genetically-determined.
3) Therefore, Americans now believe discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong.
So far, so good. But I can’t help but take this to its logical conclusion, which I see thusly:
4) If all sexual orientations are genetically determined, then all sexual orientations are genetically determined.
5) Americans will want to continue outlawing many orientations, most notably pedophilia.
6) Therefore, Americans will begin to believe discrimination based on genetically-determined characteristics is acceptable.
…and in these three steps, we have come to negate our original premise, that discriminating based on genetically-determined characteristics is wrong. Any number of discriminatory attitudes could follow. It’s hard to predict past this point. That would be predicting 4 steps into the future, and I am merely a 3-steps-into-the-future kind of guy.
I’m not advocating any particular position here. I haven’t even entirely made up my own mind about how society avoids an ugly meltdown in either direction. I just think the logical conclusion of the path we are on should be addressed by smarter people than me.