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Hakim and is wife are pregnant.
They have found out about a new non-invasive technology that will allow them to determine if the baby will be male, female, autistic, have a cleft palate ...or is in possession of the newly discovered 'gay gene' - all without any risk of miscarriage.
Hakim is most concerned about the health and sex of the child.
It must be a perfectly healthy boy.
He has explained to his pregnant wife she will need to abort and try again, if the child is not male.
Hakim's wife is a 'good' wife.
She is his second of three.
She is obedient, as her culture teaches her to be and she naturally agrees to Hakim's demands.
She asks him if she can have a daughter one day, and he agrees - after 2 sons and as long as it occurs naturally.
Once the first set of results are returned, Hakim is delighted to discover the child is a boy.
But, much to his horror a gene associated with male femininity and in some cases homosexual tendencies is discovered just a few days later.
The OB's have located the 'gay gene' in his wife's fluids.
Hakim struggles with this. None of his other boys are gay? Are they?
Perhaps it is his wife's fault? More tests may confirm this!
Luckily for his wife and sons, Hakim does not fully believe in the gene's effect.
Still, he considers, a gay son would be a nightmare to raise in his culture.
What IF the doctors are right?
If the boy was found out, his life would be in danger and Hakim's family shamed for generations. Reluctantly he decides to abort the male unborn baby.
His wife complies, admitting it is probably her fault and she abandons her dream of having a daughter forever. In Hakim's country abortions are only legal for very serious illnesses and 'moral' reasons like incest, rape... and homosexuality.
A year later they have the 'perfect boy'.
Hakim is thankful for the 'science' that allowed this choice to be made. A few years later, his second wife quietly takes her own life, still broken hearted after losing her first baby.
Hakim's case is not rare or even culturally isolated. Nor is his wife's.
Since the 'gay gene' was identified in the 2022, millions of potentially gay or lesbian children have been aborted all over the world, especially in the western or 'free world' were abortions can be had on demand and with no reason given since the late 20th century. After effects of such 'terminations' such as depression, drug use, and even suicide are not unusual in that region either. Rather they have been considered the 'norm' for decades.
"I don't hate gays, I just want grandchildren." is the popular excuse people make initially.
There is resistance to 'bio ethics' push - and it comes from a somewhat ironic, if obvious source.
The various Christian churches, ministries, and Jewish temples and religious groups are openly mocked by the media and called homophobic for insisting the science is not good, or that homosexuality is a choice and not a medical condition.
The 'religious argument', as it was then known, that we are all sinners or in a more secular language that we are all imperfect, and that such sin or imperfections must be forgiven is spun by the media and scientific elites as being silly and counter productive.
Doctor William Osborne of the Dawkins Institute for a Progressive Society (London) was famously quoted (circa 2031) as countering this argument at a United Nations meeting with: "The scientific community does not deal in sin, we deal in fact. The fact is that a defective genetic code can be repaired, and the frequency of it's recurrence be reduced and eventually eradicated by sterilization and termination. Evolution has shown us the way. Now science will follow nature! "
Public Ads read:"Counselling wont stop hate! Genetic therapy is the answer." is the answer from the scientific community.
A famous western bio ethicist* proclaim: "Soon we will eliminate so called 'homophobia' and the instinctive violence against homosexuals by eliminating the error in the genetic code that make the homosexuals deviate from evolutionary norms. Eventually we hope to find what makes people hate defects so much, and eliminate that too - but this is a start..."
Gay pride groups applaud their new 'disability status' and collect their benefits in the western nations. A small fringe of homosexual activists are publicly opposed to the new definitions and entitlement programs - but they are labelled radical and outlawed in many regions.
The 'Gay lists' are drawn up. Homosexuals registered for benefits and assigned various levels of workplace counselling - and when young enough - a free, but compulsory, genetic therapy course to attempt to correct 'defective urges'.
By 2045 the voluntary sterilization program is in effect for all homosexuals in nations with a mandatory health care act/law. The program pays 'genetic homosexuals' a years salary to get 'fixed'.
The program was ineffective, but was widely supported for almost 20 years.
Thankfully, when the technocracy broke down in the last years of the 21st century , these issues were revisited.
The role of Reverend Thomas Winston Smith, the famous civil rights leader - and later the Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee, simply cannot be underestimated.
His famous speech at the American South Eastern congress in 2089 was heralded as the 'deal breaker' on scientific racism, the neo-eugenics movement then known as 'boi ethics', and the scientific persecution of homosexuals.
His famous voicecast will forever renowned as a major civil rights victory in 'Old Dixie' and across the United States. The speech received a standing ovation from the crowds present; including then President Sir Gerald Robert Lee - the famed General, long time Ambassador to Ottawa, - who counted Rev Smith as one of his closest friends as supporters.
Rev Smith had said: "[...] and so we must cut the chains of this so called science in the name of morality and decency. We must recognize a man is not his race, his breeding, or his education - he is a result of his choices. He possess Free Will!
Being a homosexual is not a medical condition, Brothers and Sisters. These people do not need genetic therapy or to be treated like mental patients. They are not sick!
[...]It [being homosexual] is a choice. A choice that we, here in this congregation, may or may not understand fully, but it is a choice sometimes made out of love. That much we know.
We must respect that choice - the one made out of love!
And if we cannot agree with it - we are commanded to forgive it.
We are all made in God's image. More so, we are all sinners and none of us perfect.,
We will be forgiven as we forgive others.'[...]
Obviously these techniques and the science behind them were flawed, as homosexuals are just as present in modern 23rd century society as they have ever been, as evidenced by famed and loved personalities such as the ever popular Guy Mustafa - Cohen, president of the Island of Quebec or the super talented Californian artist and song writer Tony Bush and his Dare Devil base jumping lover Jean Trudea-Obama. [...]
Today [ad 2226 / 1653 Hijri date of print] we all accept the reality of free will, and that a homosexual is making what was once, before the last eugenics push, referred to as a 'lifestyle choice'. Today homosexuals enjoy the same freedoms and rights as anyone else - and none are being sent to the alchemists lab to have their life codex experimented on. Today science has it's place as a tool, and is used by the thinkers - not the reverse.
Today, happily, the machines work for us, not us for them.
Today we are happy to confront questions as profound as choice and morality with humility.
We realize our tools and methods are imperfect, and we proceed with, some would suggest, much more care. But the cost of this hubristic period in terms of human life and dignity have been incalculable.
Some suggest that the sheer loss of life to these programs could have seriously delayed colonization efforts in Antarctica and in the inner solar system by decades. One such work, 'The Malthusian Deception' by Bernard Marx, goes much further. It suggests that this loss of life is the reason for the 'blight' of the mid 21st century, and the genetic banks of these 'mad scientists' may well have been what gave rise to the killer moulds in the first place. More research is needed to confirm Dr Marx ideas, but it does seem that he has a very strong argument so far.
As Nathaniel Jackson the famous Australian pilot and the first man on Mars was once quoted as saying to his mirror.
"Who made who? Well do me in, man - we KNOW it wasn't you!"