Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Forum: The Sundance/Bestiality Debate -- Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Horses?

By Rick Pearcey

Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival has premiered Zoo, a film about bestiality.

"Zoo is a documentary about what director Robinson Devor accurately characterizes as 'the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible,'" writes Kenneth Turran. "But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted." Turran's article is here.

In contrast, attorney Seth Cooper writes in American Thinker: "Sooner or later the Living Constitution will meet bestiality. The sex-with-animals crowd as alternative lifestyle is on display in a film which just premiered at the Sundance Festival. The 'internet-based zoophile community' portrayed in the film is not sensationalized or condemned according to the account Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.

"I have not seen the movie, but I have seen modern jurisprudence, which is beginning to show preliminary signs of extending its embrace of relativism to interspecies sex." Read Cooper's article here.

Question: What you think of Zoo and the issues it raises? Do we have before us "an elegant, eerily lyrical film," or the extension of relativist thinking to "interspecies sex"? Share your thoughts.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

1 comment:

Ross said...

I used to think that following moral relativism to its logical extremes would be its demise. I am becoming less and less convinced that these 'extremes' are what will convince people that there are boundaries which ought not to be crossed. We, as a culture, have acquiesed to the notion that we are nothing more than the product of time & chance and are therefore unable to place an obligation on the individual of what he/she should or shouldn't do. At times the difficulty of the task seem overwhelming enough that I understand the bunker mentality most Christians exhibit - 'hell-in-a-handbasket' & all that. Hopefully, by God's grace, Christians will take to heart the things Nancy has written about in Total Truth & will apply themselves to living purposefully in Culture to bring individuals face-to-face with their worldviews.

I very much appreciate your work and am encouraged that we can regain a place at the table.