Monday, June 5, 2017

ACPeds' OTHER Site

Monday at National Catholic Register Marcia Segelstein is extolling the virtues of the American College of Pediatricians, a designated hate group (not to be confused with the real peer organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics).  Segelstein's "logic" coincides with my post earlier in the day. She has adopted the notion that conformity with scripture offers reassurance, if not scientific truth.

In point of fact just the opposite is true. If and when science is in agreement with those ancient manuscripts it becomes highly suspect. Obviously we know more now than many centuries ago. In fact we can observe changes in medical science over a period of just a few years.

What is particularly disturbing is Segelstein's uncritical acceptance of the information available at ACPeds' Facts About Youth site. It's what she wants to read and hear:
The true facts are:
  • Homosexual attraction of young students is usually temporary (if not encouraged) and may be unwanted. 
  • The homosexual lifestyle carries grave health risks, especially for males.
  • For unwanted sexual attractions, therapy to restore heterosexual attraction has proven effective and harmless.
  • ” While CDC estimates that only 4 percent of men in the United States are men having sex with men (MSM), the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the United States is more than 44 times that of other men (range: 522 – 989 per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men).”,1 Read and print this for more facts and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 
Sexual Orientation is Not Fixed. The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) addresses this topic.

Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students are not born that way. The most recent, extensive, and scientifically sound research finds that the primary factor in the development of homosexuality is environmental not genetic.
  • There is no research supporting the religious notion that kids are temporarily gay. None. Moreover, they are floating the nonsensical idea that parents can create straight children by discouraging the gay ones from being gay. That is not only idiotic but harmful. If a particular sexual orientation is unwanted it is because of ignorant parents determined to make their gay kids miserable and neurotic.
  • Being gay is not unhealthy. Unprotected sex is potentially unhealthy. Oppression is extremely unhealthy!
  • There is no peer-reviewed research published to a respected scholarly journal to support the idea that so-called reparative is effective or safe. Quite the contrary.
  • Yes, gay men are at greater risk of HIV infection. Using that as a pretext to scare parents and their gay children as a means of making them heterosexual is absurd. Neither the child nor the parents have any say in the matter. They are what they are.
  • Sexual orientation is not fixed in the sense that there is some narrow-range fluidity. However there is nothing that anyone can do to influence fluidity. NARTH is another Christian organization determined for science to conform to scripture.
  • It is the overwhelming consensus of science that sexual orientation is innate and that efforts to change sexual orientation are potentially harmful.
Later on:
Humans have the cognitive ability to act upon and reinforce a genetically influenced trait or not. For example, the presence of a gene that affects how people metabolize food and predisposes some to put weight on more easily than others, does not necessarily force those who possess this gene to become obese. Even if such a gene exists, people with this gene still have the cognitive ability to choose to eat salad instead of pie and to exercise regularly in order to avoid obesity and its attendant health risks. Although there is a relationship between our genetic tendencies and behavior, our genetic code alone does not fully determine our destiny.
In other words, just because someone is gay doesn't mean that they have to be gay. Rubbish!

Sexual orientation is at the very core of who we are as humans. It makes no more sense than telling a straight boy that he must not feel attracted to girls and certainly cannot act on those attractions. Not now and not ever. After all the deity would not approve.

Being gay is not comparable to being predisposed to putting on a few pounds. The comparison is ludicrous.

The honest truth is that the American College of Pediatricians is a Christian organization. Its members place far more importance on religion than on medical science. That makes them dangerous! Any parent who would would follow their advice is probably guilty of child abuse. They are putting superstition ahead of the best interests of their children.

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