February 02, 2005

Who says the slippery slope is a fallacy?

A few weeks ago, while in Quebec, Canadian Conservative leader (and leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition) Stephen Harper made a slippery-slope argument about same-sex "marriage": "As soon as they've got to attack one traditional idea, the next one is down the road. I don't want to get into the polygamy debate but I fear if we do this, the next thing on the Liberal agenda will be polygamy and who knows what else."

This was, of course, immediately jumped on by the Liberals, in particular Prime Minister Martin and Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, who are spearheading the fast-tracking of same-sex "marriage" legislation through the House this week.

Well, guess what dominated the front page of yesterday's Ottawa Citizen? This story.

Bahig Skaik, according to the article, is a Kuwaiti who wishes to immigrate to Canada. Only problem is, he has two wives, and because he was honest about this particular fact in the paperwork, he is not being allowed into Canada because he would be a bigamist.

The story reads quite sympathetically to Mr. Skaik's plight. Nor was it the only polygamy-related article in that paper. Inside the front section was another news story about Cranbrook, B.C. MP Jim Abbott. His riding contains a commune called Bountiful, populated by members of a Mormon breakaway sect. Abbott argues that they have a "democratic right" to practice polygamy.

This is an awful lot of sympathetic press on an issue that supposedly isn't even close to the legislative radar, methinks. The same-sex "marriage" bill isn't even through the House and the agenda-setters in the media are already softening us up for the next round.

Mr. Harper doesn't want to tell you he told you so, but . . .