Saturday, 21 March 2015

Babygate: Gay Rights Sharia!

If I say, for example, that the top rate of income tax should be 80 per cent and you say it should be 20 per cent, we may argue hotly, but we don’t accuse one another of being “bigoted”. But if you start to speak about how babies should be made and brought up, you quickly find that no such tolerance is afforded. Dolce’s views are regarded as simply impermissible. In all the mainstream media this week, I have not seen a single voice defending him. [!]

When you think about it, this is the most astonishing change. Dolce was speaking in the rough-and-ready form of an interview in a celebrity magazine, so his meaning was not always clear. For example, was he attacking IVF as such, or IVF for couples at least one of whom will not end up looking after the child? His main point, however, was no more than what most people all over the world have believed since the dawn of civilisation – that children are best brought up by their biological parents.

Sensible people do not maintain this proposition rigidly: we can all think of excellent single parents, rotten double ones, outstanding fathers or mothers who turned out to be homosexual, loving stepfathers and stepmothers, wonderful adopters, kind aunts replacing unkind parents, posh people who got real love from their nannies rather than their own blood. Nevertheless, to think that a heterosexual man and a heterosexual woman, preferably married to one another, are – other things being equal – the best parents, is common sense. It derives from an inherited knowledge of the complementary nature of the sexes, the need for security and burden-sharing, and the fact that blood is thicker than water. It could change a bit with circumstances – many argue that the formal marriage bit matters less nowadays – but the balance of proof lies with the conservative position...

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