When this story first surfaced and went viral across the Internet, I immediately wondered whether or not is was real or merely satire. Perhaps this is just someone’s idea of a sick joke, I thought. Unfortunately, over the course of the last couple of weeks, its authenticity has been confirmed by several print and broadcast media outlets.
In case you missed it — In an interview with New York magazine almost two weeks ago, an eighteen year old girl revealed to the world the story of how she reconnected with her estranged biological father and subsequently developed a romantic and sexual relationship with him. She says they “fell in love” and plan to marry and have children. Yes, biological children. I wonder how well it’s going to go over when they have to tell their kids that their father and maternal grandfather are the same person. (I’m surprised the country music folks aren’t all over this by now.) A warning: I’ve embedded the link to the original interview, but be aware that it does contain some rather graphically descriptive details.
A little history for you: the girl’s parents conceived her on a prom night when they were both 18. Unsurprisingly, their relationship didn’t last, dad abandoned them and mom was left to try to care for her along with several stepdads who would come and go for the next few years. Her biological father did try to communicate via letters and e-mails, but these were monitored, filtered and disposed of by her mother without her knowledge. Eventually, after turning 17, she was able to reconnect with him online and they decided to meet.
Throughout the interview, she discusses many of the circumstances from her past that have affected her sexual identity and retells what lead to her losing her virginity to her biological father. I’ll leave it up to you to read the rest of the interview — if you can stomach it.
What’s sad is that, culturally speaking, this is all just a sign of things to come. The amount of people praising and supporting this girl’s decision is near unbelievable, but not particularly shocking. I mean, why should we be shocked that there’s a massive demographic out there who would condone and approve of this sort of behavior? After all, sex is just a recreational activity, right? At least, that’s what we’re supposed to believe. That’s what our culture wants us to believe. There’s nothing sacred about sex, so just go have it with whoever you want, whenever you want, at whatever age you want. Right?
How did we get to this place? At what point did we decide that the only stipulation for sex was mutual consent?
The truth is that, as a nation, we’ve been on a slippery slope for quite a while. Think back to the origins of the fight to legalize gay marriage throughout the country — a battle that is still raging in many towns and cities. Our culture says you should be free to love and marry whomever you wish, no matter what their sex. But those who oppose this mindset — like Christians — believe homosexuality is immoral and a direct violation of God’s original design for marriage: the sacred union of one man to one woman for life. Furthermore, sex is such a sacred bond that it should only be shared between a husband and wife — which means any form of sex outside the bounds of marriage (one man, one woman) is seen as immoral.
And that’s the word and concept our culture doesn’t seem to want to associate with marriage and especially with sex: morality. It’s the classic “if it feels good, do it” mindset. And if that’s true — if there really is no need for morality within the context of sex — then of course this girl should be allowed to marry her father. You might think it’s gross, detestable, disgusting and horrific, but who are you to judge? People will say, Well, she’s fine with it and so is he, so leave them alone and let ‘em be happy.
Mark my words: This idea that consent is really the only thing needed for sexual intercourse is what will soon move us from that slippery slope towards a cliff and then, eventually, into a full free-fall plunge.
Now, I know I’ll take a beating for even mentioning gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle in a post about incest. I know everyone is going to tell me that the two are mutually exclusive and there are no comparisons to be made. I know there are plenty of people in the gay rights camp who would never condone or support incestuous relationships. But, the two are only mutually exclusive in so far as the specifics of each “relationship” is concerned and the differences in the definitions. However, both are perversions and distortions of the original design for relationships between men and women. Both are immoral. And, more importantly, the acceptance of one is, unfortunately, leading to the acceptance of the other.
You see, that’s the slippery slope. It really wasn’t that long ago that the idea of legalized gay marriage was almost laughable. And it wasn’t that long ago that homosexuality was viewed as morally wrong by the vast majority of Americans. If you had told my grandparents or great parents that one day it would be perfectly legal and even culturally-celebrated for men to marry men and women to marry women, they probably would have rejected the very notion of such a thing. “It’ll never happen in a million years,” is what people would have said. (And did say.) After all, to legalize gay marriage you would pretty much have redefine marriage itself, right? Surely, that would never happen. It would be an abomination of everything that makes marriage right and good and sacred. Even worse, it would be a rejection of the Judeo-Christian values upon which our country was founded. Oh, and it would also be a sin. (That “s” word that makes everyone cringe.)
But, isn’t that exactly what happened? Haven’t we rewritten the very definition of marriage and erased its foundation in order to appease those who want to live a homosexual lifestyle? And all in the name of politically-correct notions like “equal rights” and “tolerance” and “freedom of expression.” We’ve elevated political correctness and a fear of offending people above what is moral and sacred. Our society has decided that it’s more important to be open-minded about everything than it is to adhere to core values and beliefs.
To be fair (although this is a somewhat moot point), gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle aren't the only sexually immoral activities out there. In reality, it’s the full, uninhibited breakdown of sexual morality in our culture, in multiple aspects, that has left the door wide open for things like incest. It’s left the door open for things that, just a decade ago, would have been flatly rejected by society. But, when you take morality out of the equation and leave nothing but a requirement for consent, you allow all sorts of other garbage and filth to come into the picture — all of which has the potential and likelihood to one day be culturally accepted.
And eventually, even consent won’t matter.
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