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Why is Incest illegal in the UK?

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    (Original post by Scribblet)
    Because having kids with such a close genepool means there more likely to get a genetic disease? Therefore you could also argue that it could be considered wrong to have a relationship that may cause harm to your own children, and putting your children after yourselves.
    Obviously that's an important point, but would you stop people with serious inheritable disabilities from reproducing if they wish to do so? Isn't it much the same?
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    The chances of giving birth to deformed children are too great. Why anyone would wish such a fate on a child is beyond me. It does not occur in nature, any time that it ever did has only resulted in the extinction of the species, so naturally, the ones that didn't commit incest, survived and passed their traits/genes on to future generations. Incest is unnatural, it is a crime against nature; a crime against the diversity of life. This is why it can never work, and eventually species quickly become extinct, because there's not enough diversity. Evolution works best with diversity.
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    (Original post by Huskaris)
    Troll or retard.

    Just look at the child birth deficiency rates in incestual relationships. That's the main reason.

    Dispatches did an episode where they looked at the Bangladeshi community, who seem to love marrying their cousins, and as a result have the highest level of child birth defects in the UK

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/d...s-68/episode-1
    Oh, okay, maybe you're right.

    I suppose you agree with a brother and sister having sex if they use a condom?
    And brother on brother sex, I guess that's okay too?
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    hmmm i wonder.
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    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    What would you do if your mum came home one day and said she had raunchy sex with your dad. Oh, would you feel sick then too? Better ban parental sex aswell.
    Were you born this retarded or has it developed over time?
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    (Original post by psychocustard)
    Fcol. Because it's just wrong, and always has been.

    I love my mum, but I don't want to **** her. Just, ick.
    Of course, I'm guessing you also disagreed with homosexuality being legalised and extra-marital sex huh?
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    (Original post by Glen_Nichols)
    The kids will be mutants.
    She is half way there!
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    (Original post by Fandabidoze!)
    Incest seems boring and like the easy route (I get along with my brother/sister, why not marry them?). Finding someone who is not a relative but who you can still have a similar level of emotional connection with appears to be more fun.
    Fair enough, but still not a good enough reason to put people in jail for it.
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    (Original post by Lewroll)
    Ok, thats it, I've had enough. This has gone too far!!

    This attitude of let two consenting adults do whatever they want is fine...up to a point.

    Incest is sick, and if it ever becomes legal....just the thought of it makes me want to be sick.

    How would you feel if your brother and sister came home one day and told you they had been having sex :lolwut:?
    I agree it's not right, but I feel sorry for them because they were seperated for years, and so they wouldn't have grown up together and wouldn't emotionally feel like brother and sister.
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    incest is wrong that couple should kill themselves and their children before the mutants take over
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    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    Oh, okay, maybe you're right.

    I suppose you agree with a brother and sister having sex if they use a condom?
    And brother on brother sex, I guess that's okay too?
    *Scratches head*
    I believe that as long as what you are doing harms no one else then it is OK. So if contraception was used every time. I really really hate to say this, but it would be none of my business and I wouldn't be able to criticise them. But I hope they would have the decency to not wave it in my face.

    That's probably how they prevent population booms in Norfolk, just make them wear condoms.
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    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    What would you do if your mum came home one day and said she had raunchy sex with your dad. Oh, would you feel sick then too? Better ban parental sex aswell.
    I would say: yeah... I sort of realised you've had sex before.

    Brother and sister? I don't see how you can justify it.
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    For all the plausible arguments about genetic disease we're hearing, we're also hearing a lot of arguments against this that were commonly used against homosexuality (and still are). "It's unnatural!", "It's just wrong!", "It's never found in nature!"

    Looks like as a society we've actually learnt very little... :|
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    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    What would you do if your mum came home one day and said she had raunchy sex with your dad. Oh, would you feel sick then too? Better ban parental sex aswell.

    Your clearly an idiot. Incest means sex between people who are blood relations. My mum and my dad aren't blood relations, so your logic fails.


    Also, to answer the title question: Because we live in a democracy, and I can't imagine any party getting elected on the platform of legalising incest.
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    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    What would you do if your mum came home one day and said she had raunchy sex with your dad. Oh, would you feel sick then too? Better ban parental sex aswell.
    What on earth are you talking about? That is completely different, I am not a child, I know my parents have sex. But my parents arent blood relatives. Incest is disgusting.
    Nice way to avoid my question as well:rolleyes:
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    Philosophically you could argue that the state has no business interfering between consenting adults...

    however practically incest is strongly associated with
    family members sexually abusing their younger siblings and or offspring
    forced marriages
    genetic deformity in any resulting offspring

    all very detrimental to society.

    plus the yuck factor.

    so I'm happy for it to stay illegal - just like I'm happy for driving with more than the proscribed level of alcohol in your blood to remain illegal, even for people who are such amazing drivers that even drunk they're still better than average.
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    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    Of course, I'm guessing you also disagreed with homosexuality being legalised and extra-marital sex huh?
    Yes, because as a bi-sexual with a long term boyfriend, I'm totally homophobic and against pre-marital sex.

    Don't be a berk.
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    If incest is made legal then it would be difficult to regulate because obviously it is not acceptable to allow such couples to have children. That would be a heinous thing and I don't think I should need to explain why. So that's one very good reason to outlaw it.

    Another reason is that if incest is made legal lots of young children will be growing up seeing it as perfectly acceptable and inevitably lots of sexual relations will start arising within families. You could say now 'but the idea of ****ing my mother is disgusting!'. Why? Although there is some nature involved, society's labeling of it as wrong has partly made you feel that way. Start encouraging it and lots of confused children will become sexually attached to their siblings/parents, whatever. That would be a bloody terrible thing too. We need family, and a strong family bond is impossible when sex is involved.

    There are plenty more reasons out there but those are two good ones, even by themselves.
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    The chances of giving birth to deformed children are too great. Why anyone would wish such a fate on a child is beyond me. It does not occur in nature, any time that it ever did has only resulted in the extinction of the species, so naturally, the ones that didn't commit incest, survived and passed their traits/genes on to future generations. Incest is unnatural, it is a crime against nature; a crime against the diversity of life. This is why it can never work, and eventually species quickly become extinct, because there's not enough diversity. Evolution works best with diversity.
    There is no such thing as "unnatural", if humans ever exhibit incestuous behaviour than it is by the very definition "natural".

    I'm guessing you are prejudiced against homosexuals aswell? Crime against the mystical spiritual entity which is nature after all..
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    (Original post by Formica)
    For all the plausible arguments about genetic disease we're hearing, we're also hearing a lot of arguments against this that were commonly used against homosexuality (and still are). "It's unnatural!", "It's just wrong!", "It's never found in nature!"

    Looks like as a society we've actually learnt very little... :|
    Are you seriously suggesting that incest should be legal?
    how would you feel if your brother and sister told you they had been having sex?
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