William F. Gavin on a recent ” dramatization of an ideological act of faith “:
There I was, watching yet another Law and Order re-run on TNT. In this episode a scientist claimed to have discovered a gene for homosexuality. During the second half of the show, the district attorneys had their usual strategy pow-wow. Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter suggested the murderer might be an angry homosexual, because if there is indeed a homosexual gene it could lead to abortions by homophobic parents.
That could lead to the elimination of an entire community, D. A. Cutter said, obviously troubled.
I waited for one of the other characters to say something like: But, Mike, thats what abortion-on-demand does, eliminates communities. Hell, it eliminates whole populations. Gay, straight, male, female, black, white, whatever.
Or, perhaps the resident Hot Babe Assistant D.A., a staple character on the show, could have said: Mike, its a womans right to choose to kill her unborn child, even if she is a homophobic monster. We cannot make the choice for a gay-bashing, community-destroying, pre-life killing Nazi woman under those circumstances.
But not a word was spoken by any character about Cutters concern. The highly educated, sophisticated, articulate, well-informed politically liberal characters created by writers who share the same backgrounds and beliefs went on trying to build a legal case, as if nothing odd had occurred.
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