The very mention of the word incest conjures up thoughts of child abuse, rape and hidden family secrets. Many a person has been sent to prison for having incestuous relationships with their child, sibling and even parent. A friend of mine went to prison some years back for improper behavior with his teenage step-daughters. Incest destroyed that family.
But if a judge in Australia has his way, incest will no longer be considered wrong. Why? Because any possible pregnancy created through incest can be aborted, removing any danger of birth defects.
New South Wales District Judge Garry Neilson equates incest to homosexuality which at one time was also considered wrong and taboo but now is acceptable. Nielson was hearing a case where a brother was charged with raping his younger sister. The brother pleaded guilty to sexual assault for the charges incurred when his sister was around 10-11 years of age. However, the brother had pleaded not guilty to the charges incurred when his sister was 18 and he was 26. Nielson mentioned that with access to contraception and abortion, steps could be taken to prevent any children from being born with birth defects caused by the close relationship of the siblings.
Neilson further stated:
“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner.”
“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.”
“By that stage they are both mature adults.”
“The complainant has been sexually awoken, shall we say, by having two relationships with men and she had become ‘free’ when the second relationship broke down. The only thing that might change that is the fact that they were a brother and sister but we’ve come a long way from the 1950s – when the position of the English Common Law was that sex outside marriage was not lawful.”
Neilson’s comments outraged the crown prosecutor who asked that Neilson be removed from the case and another judge would be appointed.
Conservatives like myself have been warning for years that once one door to sexual immorality is opened, that other doors would be opened down the road. Last week I wrote about how free sex in the 1960s and 70s led to the openness and acceptability of homosexuality and same-sex marriages and how that is now leading to the promotion of pedophilia and other sinful abominations. I didn’t expect to see incest as one of the up and coming taboos to enter our society as an acceptable practice.
Judge Neilson’s comments will draw a lot of criticism now, but if past trends of taboos continue to follow their course, incest, pedophilia and bestiality will join the ranks of the acceptable sinful behaviors just like free sex, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. After all, Romans 1:18-31 tells us three times that under God’s judgment that He will turn us over to our unnatural lusts and desires and that’s exactly what we’re seeing.