Innate desires (or ones that you think are innate) can lead you into wrongdoing; the impulse doesn’t justify the deed.
The headline in the New American isn’t just hypothetical; it comes from what “scholars” and “experts” are saying: “Is Pedophilia Okay if You’re ‘Born That Way’?”
“Now, many experts view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality … a deep-rooted predisposition … that becomes clear during puberty and does not change.”
The above idea was expressed with respect to homosexuality decades ago and since has become left-wing dogma. The thinking is that if someone was “born that way,” if the behavior is “natural” for him and he didn’t choose his feelings, how could it be wrong?
Yet the opening quoted line wasn’t penned decades ago — it’s only two years old. And homosexuality wasn’t the focus.
It was about pedophilia.
Here is the complete quotation, as published by the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 14, 2013:
Like many forms of sexual deviance, pedophilia once was thought to stem from psychological influences early in life. Now, many experts view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality or homosexuality. It is a deep-rooted predisposition — limited almost entirely to men — that becomes clear during puberty and does not change.
This is far beyond scoring a “cheap” rhetorical point—it is a serious question with which our culture needs to wrestle before immeasurably more damage is done.
Stating the obvious, the inborn argument could be applied to anything inborn. Logically translated it says: If a feeling is innate, the actions associated with it are okay. This eliminates morality completely and replaces it with biological determinism (BD). This is why accepting the BD argument means accepting everything that can be proven to be inborn — even if it’s pedophilia, bestiality, or murder. It’s just a slightly more sophisticated way of saying “If it feels good, do it.” But biology does not determine morality.
When you utilize a stunted worldview to “legally” justify your particular desires, it is nigh impossible to restrain others when they seek to apply that same standard to their own dark impulses. Once man becomes the standard, all kinds of horrors await.
The American legal system was rooted in a Law outside of, and transcending men–a Law to which anyone could appeal for protection and relief. Now that we have turned our backs on that truth, we are exposed to the debauched passions of the human heart, and history’s tale about such cultures is filled with darkness and woe.
…we should be careful what arguments we legitimize. To abide by the principle of biological determinism — the force governing animals — would beget an animalistic society. Remember that acceptance of BD implies there’s nothing better — namely morality — to govern our behavior. And a people embracing the notion ‘It if feels good, do it,’ one day just may decide that it feels better to kill homosexuals than to tolerate them.
“Feelings don’t always inform about facts. And biology never determines morality.”