Originally Posted by jcat
Sorry, but I live in Germany, and the country's past is an absolute disgrace. I'm really appalled by some of the posts I've seen in this thread.
I'm sorry, jcat, but your analogy just points out the slippery slope. Put yourself in the place of a German citizen in the 20's and early 30's. Hitler offered his country a way out of an absolutely devastating depression. Conditions were horrendous. Hitler offered hope for a better Germany. Oh, there were those nasty Brown Shirts, but Hitler would never let them amount to anything, and if he ever got in power, they'd be out of there.
Fast forward a few years, Hitler is elected to office amid dubious voting, but hey, he's not the head of the government, what harm can he do anyway? And he's such a wonderful speaker. We still have a democratic government.
Forward again. There was a fire last night in the Reichstag. Hitler and his people are accusing their political opponents of setting it. There's immense pressure for the government to fold. They do. Hitler is in power. First thing he does is elevate his bully boys and put them in control of key posts. Arrest all his opponents. All right, I'm getting uncomfortable now, but at least the trains will run on time and bread and sausages are affordable. The country needs a strong leader, anyway.
Forward again.....well, I think I've made my point. Germany? Perfect example of the slippery slope. I really don't understand your connection between Germany's past and how appalled you are at the posts in the thread; how the slippery slope is equated with intolerance and bigotry, how the slippery slope is more dangerous to society. Seems to me that if you favor gay marriage, you should be arguing that there is no such thing as a slippery slope. Much like the German citizens might have argued in the early 1930's. Slippery slope? No, not here. Never happen here in Germany. Never has, never will.