Everybody on both sides of the gay “marriage” debate…

…appeals to “nature”. Opponents argue that homosex is unnatural. Advocates argue that any urge we feel is “natural” by virtue of its being felt.

Zac Alstin asks, “What do you mean by ‘natural’?”

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  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    What do we mean by ‘is’? What do we mean by ‘mean’? The list could go on and on. This is quite enjoyable.

  • ivan_the_mad

    Thanks for the post, it was a fun read. I enjoy expositions of Eastern thought. Highly relevant, too – the naturalistic fallacy is all too common these days (how very many times in college I tried to disabuse acquaintances of the notion that smoking pot is good because it’s “natural”).

  • http://www.likelierthings.com Jon W

    I’ve been wondering when this point was going to be made. Homosexual activists have been wanting to have their Natural Law cake and eat it, too.

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    When someone cuts in front of me in the concession line at the movie, it is part of basic nature to want to smash their face into the candy counter. When someone is rude to my wife in the grocery store, it is quite natural to want to pelt them with tomatoes.

    Just because a feeling is natural doesn’t necessarily make it right. Primal urges do not define morality.

    The whole nature vs. nurture debate is fascinating and fun. But ultimately, it’s all moot.