“Sexual liberty should win”

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Upholding sexual liberty is the most important goal of the die-hard social liberal. There are many examples of this.

1) Chai Feldblum, now commissioner of the EEOC, said this about the supremacy of sexual liberty in an interview with Maggie Gallagher in 2006:

…when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, [Feldblum] admits, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.” … “Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”

Notice how Feldblum uses the phrase “sexual liberty” instead of “LGBT liberty.” I doubt it was an oversight. “Sexual liberty” is a broader category than “LGBT liberty.” It includes male/female couples and was pioneered by them, so of course they will resonate with it. It is useful, although not accurate, for Feldblum to situate “the dignity of gay people” under “sexual liberty.” That sort of liberty has already been accepted by the wider culture and the government. This helps people to think of LGBT issues as just one more manifestation of that liberty, not as something unfamiliar or strange.

porn stats2) Another example is how the Obama administration tried to force Catholic nuns to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their compliance with the health insurance mandate (the nuns won that fight).

3) Another example is President Obama’s executive order allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choosing rather than the bathroom of their biological sex (a judge has blocked that order).

4) Another example is how crisis pregnancy centers in California are required to tell people that abortions are available elsewhere. In response, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse coined the phrase, “pro choice puritans,” saying that “the Pro-Choice Puritans are haunted by the thought that some woman, somewhere, wants her baby.”

I can go on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Instead of doing that I’ll pose a question. Can you think of any examples where “sexual liberty” undermines people’s health, negates other people’s rights, or infringes on other kinds of liberty?



Author: everybodysdaughter

I'm an adult child of divorce, having been raised in multiple divorce/remarriage situations. I'm writing in order to shed light on the problems of divorce from the perspective of the child. I will also discuss problems with other non-triad family structures, since there is a lot of overlap. People often think that better parenting skills will overcome problems in non-triad arrangements. While I agree that parenting skills are important, they cannot overcome the problems I discuss such as fractured ontology and perpetual liminality. I converted to the Catholic faith in 2012, and will discuss Catholic things from time to time as well.

6 thoughts on ““Sexual liberty should win””

  1. Flipping the phrase around to reveal its meaning (& contradiction)–what is “sexual Liberty” but the liberty to have sex… The lack of any qualifier makes me nervous (it should make everyone nervous)–as a result ” the liberty to have sex” is actually “the liberty to have sex when, where, with whom, and however I desire.”

    So then… I suspect it’s only a matter of time before under this rhetoric we recognize a man’s liberty to have sex with a woman who says no, that an adult gas the liberty to have sex with a minor, and what’s wrong with sexual slavery anyway? (Actually, logic dictates that under this humanist/secular morality we will eventually see slavery in general make a resurgence in our country simply because, if it is the state that gives rights and recognizes human dignity, then it is the state who has authority to take it away–it was our forefathers insight to recognize the need for a government to not have full authoritative power, rather that power–thus our rights–resides in God… It is only because of God that our rights can not be taken from us, according to our constitution & Declaration of Independence. Remove God and you’ve just removed the “inalinability” of our rights”)

    But I digress way off topic. 🙂

    What I found most disconcerting was that who quote regarding the “dignity of gay people”–as that quote stands, he is saying that the dignity of a gay man or lesbian woman is in their gayness or lesbianism!

    “…sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way the dignity of gay people can be affirmed…”

    If it is by SEXUAL liberty that is the ONLY way the dignity of gay people can be affirmed, then ultimately, it is only a gay person’s existence defined strictly in sexual terms that they would have dignity.

    That is, contrast to, what the Church teaches–the INHERENCY of dignity of every human… End of story… Feldblum’s quote removes the inherency…

    What I fear is how many may have fallen into this trap of thinking: “I have dignity because I am gay” (or) “I have dignity because I have sex”–it is no difference to than those who think “I have dignity because I’m white” or “I have dignity because I’m a man”

    (I hope that makes sense… Thank you for your blog and your courage to tackle these sensitive issues! You’re giving me courage to talk about them as well)

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    1. That’s an interesting question. I do believe that it is a heresy, since is it a manifestation of Gnosticism. And it also seems evident that the rich and powerful are imposing it on the poor and vulnerable.


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