Michael Brown

I touched on this briefly in my last article, but it’s worth illustrating this point more fully on a popular level. Consider some of the comments in response to an article entitled “Twincest.” posted in May 2010 on Advocate.com, the flagship gay publication. (Again, this is not meant to be scientific evidence; it is simply anecdotal evidence, but as such, is quite representative.)

According to Alex, “As they can’t procreate, the main argument against incest is null. They aren’t harming each other, society, or anyone in particular, so let them be. It’s discouraging how many here have no valid arguments against them, other than ‘sick’ or ‘gross’. Such a situation is not my cup of tea, nor is it for many here, but being homosexual is not the norm in our society either. If we don’t want people calling us ‘gross’ or ‘sick’ when our actions hurt neither us nor people around us, we should refrain from such name calling ourselves.”

He added, “I would also like to point out that my last answer wasn’t based on ‘feelings’ I was arguing that if the only thing people can say against the situation is something like ‘gross’ and ‘sick’, it is hypocritical from a glbt perspective.”

Randall asked, “Who are you to judge them when they are harming no one?” (Does this sound familiar?)

Bailey claimed that, “Taboos on incest aren’t normal. They are indoctrinated and learned.” (Does this also sound familiar?)

Michael wrote, “I would hope gays, being the doormat of modern knee jerk taboos, would at least try to look at something like this from a few different angles before just throwing out condemnations.”

Danny explained, “What you feel is your business. If you don’t want to so participate, then don’t. But don’t think you[r] experiences must be reflected in anyone else’s experiences. You do not know their circumstances, or their DNA. DNA is a compelling motivator, above even that of an invisible, absent and silent deity!” (Their genes made them do it?)

John went one step further: “Being identical twins it is no surprise to me that they love as they do. It is the way God made them.” (God made them incestuous?)

Comments like these are not just found on gay websites. After a Columbia University professor was arrested for having a three-year, consensual affair with his adult daughter (mentioned in my last article), Rush Limbaugh noted that students commenting on “the Columbia University student newspaper website are mystified as to why it’s illegal: ‘Wait, why is consensual incest a crime? It might not be appealing to everyone, but if they’re adults and they consent, who cares what they do?’ This is a typical comment from a student on the site.”

Exactly. “If they’re adults and they consent, who cares what they do?” Rick Santorum was right.


Michael Brown

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, including

Can You Be Gay and Christian?

, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.