Slippery Slopes

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    What do people think of using a slippery slope argument when discussing an issue? It appears to be a reasoning tactic that I'm seeing pop up more and more. Thoughts on the general idea of the slippery slope?
     
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    The "then" portion of the "if/then" analogy of the slippery slope could, theoretically be truthful. At times, the "then" is taken to extremes, but based on past history, it isn't that outrageous of a possibility.
     
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    If/Then.


    IF I allow my daughter to go on ONE date, THEN the way could be paved for her to go on MORE dates. :(


    IF we allow Homosexuals the ability to Marry, THEN we'll be forced to look at OTHER forms of marraige: Family Members. Pedophiles. Human-Animal. Human-Plant. Etc.


    and so on.
     
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    Slippery slopes are the fallacy version of cause and effect relationships. Basically, it is assuming that a cause and effect relationship exists when it may or may not exist. It's something that you have to look at on a case by case basis.
     
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    word
     
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    In the real world the slippery slope is applicable because you see it everywhere. For example, once a person becomes acclimated to "soft porn" and begins to think it is "normal", then he typically is open to gradually accepting forms of "hard porn" and other various sorts of abnormal behavior in society such as foul language on TV shows children watch, sexually explicit shows, more and more violence on shows and in real life, "open" marriages, homosexual marriages, and the list goes on ad nauseum.

    The Far Left won the "soft porn" battle many years ago. They won it by twisting our Constitution and "free speech" to force us to accept soft porn in the public venues. Step by step (slippery slope) they are unraveling our society by changing our laws to make society more degenerate in order to destroy our country.

    Our country was founded on solid Christian values and that is why it has been such a leading light in this world with democratic values based upon the idea that we are all given rights by God but that we are also individually responsible to that same God. The Left does not believe this and so they target Christian values which are absolute and attempt to replace them with "relative" values. This is the "slippery slope" that we as a country are on today.
     
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    So you would argue that soft porn (whatever you define that as) does not fall under the protections of free speech?
     
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    Yup.
     
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    So, does free speech protect racial epithets?
     
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    Only if you are non-Caucasian.
     

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