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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Baa-a-ad Ideas

In just a few years, when you buy lamb chops, you could be eating animals that were sent to the slaughterhouse because they were genetically identified as gay.

As reported by William Saletan in a recent article entitled Brokeback Mutton, sheep producers want to know which lambs are gay for reasons of productivity, because gay rams are useless for breeding. Research to identify them through genetic or other biological tests is ongoing.

Toward the end of the article, Saletan speculates on whether such technology might be used by humans for prenatal screening and abortion of gay fetuses. He concludes that some sort of "cure" by means of genetic or hormonal alteration at an early age is a more likely scenario. This is how he describes one possible outcome:


Science will gradually convince us that sexual orientation is innate, more like skin color than character. Condemnation of homosexuality as a sin will subside, and we'll turn to two biological differences between race and sexual orientation: Homosexuality defies the aspiration to procreate with your mate, and it's easier to isolate and alter in embryonic development. We may come to view homosexuality as we do infertility -- as a disability. The rhetoric of "acceptance" will shift from liberals to conservatives. We'll inoculate our children against homosexuality out of love, not hate...

...bad ideas, such as communism and eugenics, are usually well-intended ideas that turn bad along the way.



He's got that right. If you want to wipe out a minority group in the 21st century, you don't go about it by means of Nazi-style hate rhetoric. Why bother? All you have to do is convince the majority population that your targets have a tragic disability, and hordes of well-meaning people, believing your motives to be purely compassionate, will happily contribute to your campaign for cure or prevention, patting themselves on the back the whole time for being such good charitable citizens.

Where's a genetic cure for bigotry when we need one?

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9 Comments:

  • Let me just take a minute to get over the shock of realizing that the article I blogged on, which came from my local paper, and was a reprint of this one, had lines taken out.

    By Blogger Chasmatazz, at 9:24 AM  

  • You can be cured of your bigotry towards autistic children by learning that they have been poisoned. All it will take for you to learn this is to open your mind.

    By Blogger Fore Sam, at 9:31 AM  

  • I saw a t-shirt about a year ago, with a humorous saying on it. It was something like:

    "If you took away all of the contributions to Western society made by gays, all you would be left with was 'Ozzie and Harriett' and Spam"

    By Blogger Club 166, at 11:50 AM  

  • If only Foresam's dad had known about lambskins.

    By Blogger notmercury, at 1:36 PM  

  • What do you get when you cross a Fore Sam with a lamb skin?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:08 PM  

  • What do you get when you cross a Fore Sam with a lamb skin?"

    Wouldn't even begin to consider wanting to even think about wanting to know :/

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 4:48 PM  

  • A Wooly Bully?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:44 PM  

  • You saying Sam's a Sham?

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 6:32 AM  

  • "You can be cured of your bigotry towards autistic children by learning that they have been poisoned. All it will take for you to learn this is to open your mind." ------ What a shitehead....

    "What do you get when you cross a Fore Sam with a lamb skin?"

    Lambsam and Foreskin....especially since Foreskin is known for bitching at anonymous people most of all....goddamn pseud.

    ;p

    The article reads like the writer's either all ZOMGGASYRUNNNNOOOOO or ZOMGGAYFAAKELOLOLOLZTIMETOSLAUGHTERUZOMG, and trying to hide it for the sake of sounding professional.

    And Fore-Sam's a fucking jackass. Need I say any more?

    By Anonymous mich, at 6:32 PM  

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