The difference between homosexuality…and murder by Gregory Allen
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been traveling to promote sales of his new book, but has drawn more attention toward his antiquated attitude toward homosexuality. Scalia’s most divisive comments were given in a speech made at Princeton University, “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
According to Geoff Mulvihill of The Huffington Post, “Scalia said he is not equating sodomy with murder but drawing a parallel between the bans on both.” Despite the attempt to disguise his intolerance as philosophical pondering, Scalia is drawing connections between consensual homosexuality and non-consensual attacks against other persons.
The “slippery slope” argument being used by Scalia to defend his obstinate and degrading views on homosexuals is without reasonable justification. There are distinct motivations to be opposed to murder, which is harmful and against the will of everyone who suffers it.
Homosexuality, as Christopher Hitchens noted in an interview with the New York Times, “Homosexuality is a form of love and not just sex.” Homosexuality, as Hitchens points out, is not simply an act, but a form of affection, and should be easily distinguishable from the malice demonstrated by murderers, especially to a Supreme Court justice.
Homosexuality is not a caustic injustice that threatens the foundations of society, as bigots would suggest when comparing it to moral evils like murder. Homosexuality is only one aspect of many people’s identity, and few of them present the danger many homophobes fear and can’t seem to stop thinking about.