Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bryan Fischer rejoices over the absence of a gay gene

Bryan Fischer is one of the primary reasons that his employer, American Family Association, is designated as a hate group. Now Mr. Fischer seems thoroughly confused with respect to sexual orientation being innate. According to the bloviating windbag:
One of the reasons that homosexual activists bludgeon people into accepting biological determinism with regard to homosexuality is that they must have it. If homosexuality is not in fact genetically caused, they have nothing. Their entire argument, their entire movement, is predicated on the utterly false premise that gayness is the genetic equivalent of race. The foundation on which they stand is their claim that just as no one can do a thing about skin color, so no one can do a thing about sexual orientation.

Without a genetic causation, sexual preference in behavior is clearly a choice, a choice which no one is compelled to make.
The only people making genetic claims and comparisons to African-Americans seem to be the religious crackpots. First of all, there may very well be a genetic correlation. The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. More importantly, the issue is not whether or not sexual orientation is genetic; The issue is whether sexual orientation is innate. From twin studies to the male sibling effect there is a veritable mountain of evidence that homosexuality is innate. Whether it is genetic or related to the birth mother's hormones is irrelevant. Gay people are not gay by choice. In point of fact we were born that way. The following professional organizations concur that sexual orientation is innate and immutable:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American School Health Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Interfaith Alliance Foundation
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Education Association
Who to believe? These organizations or Mr. Fischer? That's a tough one indeed.

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