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Never go to a barber shop while you are still mulling over controversial news like, "Obama invokes gay rights in inaugural address." Because your mind may sputter an even more controversial question like, "Why then we smother the discussion on the topic of first cousin marriages? I don't intent to such marriages in a free society, we ought to at least have a conversation about it.

" And if the question is asked out loud, you may get a response like, "well, you don't have to be an Einstein to know that incestuous relationships lead to diseases in the babies." This actually happened to me last week. I believe the "Disease-Incest-Einstein" line of American reasoning to ban such marriages deserves a rebuttal. Disease: The risk of birth defects in children born to first cousins is increased from a baseline of 3-4 percent to 4-7 percent according to the National Society of Genetic Councilors (NSGC).

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are understood to have given their blessing and a wedding is expected next year.

In fact, Albert and Bettina went on to produce seven children, and six of them lived to be adults.

Moreover, for generations the Rothschildfamily had been inbreeding almost as intensively as European royalty, without apparent ill effect.

Despite his own limited gene pool, Albert, for instance, was an outdoorsman and the seventh person ever to climb the Matterhorn.

In the United States they are deemed such a threat to mental health that 31 states have outlawed first-cousin marriages.

This phobia is distinctly American, a heritage of early evolutionists with misguided notions about the upward march of human societies.