The “gays were born that way” saying has taken on a life of its own and has an overwhelming impact on public policy and even religion. Is it true? If it is true, does it matter? Some thoughts . . .
1. I’m highly skeptical of “proof” that it is genetic (either a “gay gene” or genetic predispositions), as these studies have all been proven to be false in the past. There is no study showing that it is, and many showing that it isn’t.
2. Even if it is genetic, that doesn’t change the morality of the behavior. You don’t get an “ought” from and “is.” Gay-bashing is a sin, but on LGBTQX logic those people could claim they were “born that way.”
3. If it is genetic, the number of gays will be dramatically reduced in a generation or so. Heterosexual parents will be quick to abort their children with predispositions to be gay. And the Liberals won’t do much to stop them, because they typically love abortion rights more than gay rights. Any time I pose that hypothetical situation to pro-abortion/pro-LGBTQ people, they always choose abortions over gays. They haven’t changed their views even for gender selection abortions (which virtually all involve the killing of females for the sole reason that they are female), so they probably won’t change them for gays, either.
I think that would be a bad thing, of course, as I’m against abortions except to save the life of the mother, regardless of whether the baby has a predisposition to be gay.
4. I’ve seen lots of evidence that many people are gay because of sexual abuse and/or relationship issues. I agree that anecdotes don’t make a full case, but I’m talking about a lot of anecdotes from people who come across hundreds or even thousands of gays. I’ve read of many counselors who said that virtually all of their gay patients had been abused or had serious relationship issues. And here’s a quote from gay activist / journalist Tammy Bruce from The Death of Right and Wrong:
Almost without exception, the gay men I know (and that’s too many to count) have a story of some kind of sexual trauma or abuse in their childhood – molestation by a parent or an authority figure, or seduction as an adolescent at the hands of an adult. The gay community must face the truth and see the sexual molestation of an adolescent for the abuse it is, instead of the “coming-of-age” experience many regard it as being. Until then, the Gay Elite will continue to promote a culture of alcohol and drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, and suicide by AIDS.
She wasn’t trying to dispel the “born that way” notion, but I thought her comment was compelling.
And nearly all the lesbians I know were abused by their fathers or husbands. It is tragic that their “solution” just makes things worse.
5. It doesn’t have to be one traumatic event. It could be the complete dynamics of a relationship in place from birth that would make someone think they were “always that way.”
6. Gays who choose that lifestyle would be predisposed to say they were born that way. Otherwise, the whole “civil rights” demands would have even less reasoning behind them. Just watch what happens when famous people claim they changed to be gay or lesbian. The LGBTQX lobby goes into attack mode.
7. How many times do you see a newborn and say, “Now there’s a gay baby!” Be sure not to unfairly stereotype youths as gay just because they have non-traditional characteristics. How about nurturing and encouraging them for who they are and what interests they have?
8. Why are some people so eager to insist on the genetic link? Seems kinda homophobic to me, as if they think the lifestyle would make an undesirable choice.
And don’t just say, “They are picked on, so who would want that lifestyle?” That reasoning wouldn’t apply to people with true genetic differences that have made people a source of disapproval in the past.
Also, gay approval is at an all time high – “pride” parades, recognition as employee network groups at many businesses, civil unions & marriages – even apostate church weddings, almost universally favorable media treatment, etc.
9. Here’s one lady who doesn’t claim she was “born that way.” She says feminism led her to lesbianism (go figure!).
Ms Wilkinson, Professor of Feminist and Health Studies at Loughborough University, said: “I was never unsure about my sexuality throughout my teens or 20s. I was a happy heterosexual and had no doubts. Then I changed, through political activity and feminism, spending time with women’s organisations. It opened my mind to the possibility of a lesbian identity.”
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I agree with Glenn, excellent post!
Make that three of us!
I think you’ve always had around 3% homosexuals in cultures, even those for which war is their top extra-group priority. Some of it, with males for sure and females less often, is no doubt the result of parental upbringing.
But the rest I think is biological. Too many cases where children are born with messed up genitalia, even before the introduction of estrogen-mimicking and other harsh chemicals into the environment.
I don’t see why a messed-up endocrine system too, whether from genetic or other causes and without obvious physical manifestations, couldn’t result in the birth of a child with a confused sexual identity. So what if scientists haven’t proved it yet.
To say that such people are committing a sin for following their natural inclinations seems grossly unfair.
Using your standards no one would ever truly sin, because they did what their “natural inclinations” told them to do.
Yes, they are committing a sin by denying God’s natural order.
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I would think that if regarded honestly, what can be considered a biological influence must count as defect, and as such I don’t see that we are obliged to treat defect as normal, even for them. That’s not to say we show no concern, doing what we can to be of service, but doing what is right in our service and response to them.
Gay people may or may not be born that way. Honestly, I do not really know.
I don’t know if all gay people are born that way. Some might be and some may just be into the gay lifestyle by their own volition. Quite honestly, I don’t know 100% one way or another.