A Federal judge in Utah ruled recently that bigamy is totally legal and everyone can have as many wives or husbands as they want. That’s been the talk all around the conservative twitterverse. And, to be fair, some liberals, but guess which one is more santorum-y (look it up on Urban Dictionary).
There’s only one problem. The judge didn’t rule any such thing. The only thing that was struck down was a tiny provision of the anti-bigamy law that said co-habitation was also illegal. So, basically, Jack Tripper is no longer breaking the law in Utah. Yeah, that’s it. If you are a married couple, you can now legally have someone else who is not your family live with you and not be breaking the law. What that extra person is doing there is none of the government’s business.
There are all sorts of complaints, mostly from Christians, of the slippery slope being in full effect and this is the logical next step after gay marriage gets legalized. It doesn’t matter to them that bigamy is actually still illegal. Of course, they may not even realize that bigamy is still illegal because they don’t know how to read past crappy headlines.
If anyone you know ever uses the slippery slope argument, just laugh in their face. If you have every used the slippery slope argument, you should stop immediately. Why? Because the slippery slope argument is horrible and reflects more on your own sloppy thinking than it does whatever argument you are actually trying to make. You may be on the right side of an argument and still look like an idiot if you use the slippery slope argument.
Here is why you should laugh in the face of anyone who uses the slippery slope argument. If you are unable to articulate how going from A to B can lead you to eventually going C, let alone all the way to Z, you should just stop there and try to articulate to the best of your abilities why going from A to B is good or bad. If every argument that you can make about going from A to B is shot down, you should really consider changing your mind about that particular topic.