Skip to comments.Prescription for Tolerance: Is Moral Judgment a Mental Disorder?
Posted on 02/07/2006 8:28:20 AM PST by Mr. Silverback
It was bound to happen. In the span of a single generation, we have seen the practice of sodomy evolve from a bizarre sexual behavior to a normative alternative lifestyle; from illegality to a constitutional right; from the closet to the boardroom; from tolerance to promotion; and lastly, from the bathhouse to the marriage altar. The next step, which is already in process, is reminiscent of a Soviet-style reeducation program.
According to a December 10, 2005, Washington Post article, Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness, it seems there is a serious move afoot to formally designate those who are repulsed by homosexual practice as suffering from a pathological neurosishomophobia. In other words, a person who views the legitimization of homosexuality as sinful, immoral, or destructive to society may have a mental disorder!
That analysis was offered by a number of mental health professionals, including UCLA psychology professor Edward Dunbar, who equates so-called homophobia with racial bias and suggests the disorder should be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
According to Professor Dunbar, When I see someone who wont see a physician because theyre Jewish, or who cant sit in a restaurant because there are Asians, or feels threatened by homosexuals in the workplace, the party line in mental health says, This is not our problem. If its not our problem, whose problem is it?
Gary Belkin, deputy chief of psychiatry at New Yorks Bellevue Hospital, said Psychiatrists who are uneasy with including something like this in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual need to get used to the fact that the whole manual reflects social context. That is true of depression on down. Pathological bias is no more or less scientific than major depression. Dr. Belkin plans to conduct a study on pathological bias among patients at his hospital.
Other psychiatrists have gone a step further and suggested that persons who exhibit homophobia may need to be treated with anti-psychotic medications, with a program already implemented within the California Department of Corrections.
Shama Chaiken, divisional chief psychologist for the department, said, We treat racism and homophobia as delusional disorders. Treatment with anti-psychotics does work to reduce these prejudices.
Alvin F. Poussaint, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that persons with such pathological biases are delusional and believes their problems should be treated with psychiatry. They imagine people are going to do all kinds of bad things and hurt them, and feel they have to do something to protect themselves. When they reach that stage, they are very impaired. . . . They cant work and function; they cant hold a job. They would benefit from treatment of some type, particularly medication. (Emphasis added)
A voice of dissent was heard from psychiatrist and author Sally Satel, who opined that hate-crime perpetrators could evade responsibility by claiming they suffered from a mental illness: I think its absurd. You could use it as a defense [in court].
Brokeback Mountain, the homosexual love story between two cowboys has served as a catalyst to bring the issue of homophobia as a neurosis before the public. Irrespective of the fact that Hollywood and liberal elites are thrilled by the film and have honored it with a number of awards, moviegoers have generally been turned off by the portrayal of the noble American cowboy as gay. Many theaters are refusing to show the film, prompting co-star Heath Ledger to claim the cancellations are akin to racism. He added:
"I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it. But thats a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so thats to be expected. . . . Personally, I dont think the movie is [controversial] but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think its hilarious and very immature of a societyif two people are loving. I think we should be more concerned if two people express anger in love, than love."
The premise that deep opposition to homosexual practice is a mental disorder appears prominently in columnist Dru Seftons examination of the negative reaction to the film in her January 6 column. The article features the expert opinions of several researchers who see aversion to the film as homophobia and offers a good example of the homosexual propaganda machine at work.
Dr. Dean Hamer, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) researcher said to be investigating homophobia, was described as a scientist who discovered genetic links to sexuality. He commented, It does seem to be almost culturally universal that heterosexual men can have a deep repulsion to overt homosexuality, but there is no study I know of to ascertain whether this is a biologically based trait.
Actually, Dr. Hamer is a homosexual activist who has been searching unsuccessfully for a genetic link to homosexuality for many years. In 1993 he published some study results on gene position Xq28 that he alleged showed a genetic link to homosexuality. The study was widely reported in the press and touted as discovery of a gay gene.
However, his discovery did not hold up to scientific scrutiny. A much larger study by researchers George Rice and others concluded, Our data do not support the presence of a gene of large effect influencing sexual orientation at position Xq28. Reportedly, Dr. Hamer was later investigated by the NIH on charges of scientific fraud.
Dr. Simon LeVay, also said to be investigating homophobia, agreed with Dr. Hamer. From a neurobiological basis, I just dont think this response has been researched at that level, although its something that should be.
Dr. LeVay is the author of the 1991 study, A Difference in the Hypothalamic Structure Between Heterosexual and Homosexual Men. The study, which was reported to have identified a physiological difference between gay and straight men, was later proved to be bogus. Dr. LeVay himself admitted, I did not prove that homosexuality was genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didnt show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work.
Dr. George Weinberg, a New York City psychologist and researcher, commented that the aversion to Brokeback Mountain is definitely homophobia. He said the film is the idea of one mans adoration for another. A love affair more deep and lasting and romantic than with their wives. He advised that those who are uneasy about the film first understand you have this problem. At least by acknowledging it, thats a start. Its like saying, I have a fear of heights.
In reality it is not unusual, nor is it immoral, for a man to have a deep and affectionate bond with another man, but not the erotic relationship described by Dr. Weinberg. As a case in point, men often experience a sacrificial, moral love among comrades in arms, which is called agape love. The greatest example of such love was the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross: For God so agapao the world, He gave His only begotten Son . . .
Plainly, it is part of the gay rights strategy to portray homosexuality as normal and to marginalizeand even criminalizethe views of those who might expressly disagree. Brokeback Mountain has provided an opportunity for activists to take the debate over homosexuality to a new level and suggest that aversion to the practice may be a neurosis.
Thus, in one generation homosexuality has been removed from the DSM as a sexual disorder, and persons who find it abnormal and repulsive have been offered up in its place.
Notwithstanding, it is well established that the practice is repulsive, self-destructive, and corrosive to society, as both sacred and secular sources have emphatically stated for the last several thousand years. The fact that it is repulsive is both a bane and advantage to the homosexual rights movement. Because the topic is so unseemly, there is scant open discussion of homosexuality, and the public is understandably reluctant to seek out information on the subject. (For a peek through the window of reality of the homosexual lifestyle, visit gayhealth.com.)
It is an arrogant ploy on the part of gay activists to insinuate that people who find homosexual acts to be repulsive may be mentally disturbed. However, the good news is that such persons would not have to worry about being arrested under hate crimes statutes for voicing negative opinions about the lifestyletheyre simply crazy.
Allan Dobras is a freelance writer on religious and cultural issues and an electronics engineer. He lives in Springfield, Virginia.
So...if I don't want to pay $10 to watch two guys humping, I'm homophobic and don't love my wife enough. If I don't want to watch hetero porn, does that mean I am heterophobic and don't love my wife enough? Geez, these days some college degrees might as well be from a Crackerjack box. (Credit to my wife for pointing out the homo/heterophobic fallacy in this guy's already silly reasoning.)
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Well, at least we are starting to discuss this. Up til now I have felt as if the homo activists were intent on ramming this up our collective asses.
I didn't realize lynching was such a big problem in 1980. Inspired by the election of Reagan no doubt.
The original research dealt with people who could not function in ordinary life, could not use the elevator, pick up a newspaper, or buy food because they feared it might have been contaminated by homosexuals. I would guess this to be a particular manifestation of OCD, rather than a disorder that had its origin in a fear of homosexuals.
They might want to rethink this, if we start claiming homophobia is a disability and they can't discriminate against homophobes.
I've no doubt that most of them will promptly head from the marriage altar right back into the bathhouse for the Reception.
Well I think a person is at least morally corrupt -- in some cases also mentally ill -- if they are not repulsed by homosexuality. So there! Oh healthy conscience where art thou? No one seems to sport those these days.
Liberalism is a mental disease.
And I had no idea that one state could ban a movie, either!
Well, DUH. They are still represented in the Senate by a Klan member...
Celebration of Diversity bump!
If I have a mental illness, when does the government start sending me my check?
Turned the tables, eh? Homosexuality has gone from being a mental disorder, to not wanting anything to do with it being a mental disorder.
(oh yeah, sarcasm off now)
>>>It does seem to be almost culturally universal that heterosexual men can have a deep repulsion to overt homosexuality, but there is no study I know of to ascertain whether this is a biologically based trait.>>>
MEN? I thought I was going to throw up when Liam Neesom unexpectedly frenched that guy in Kinsey. I keep asking people, ok, so we KNOW they were doing 'stuff' in Brokeback Mountain, is it AUDIBLE? When I heard it was I said, nope, that's it. I would be physically repulsed by hearing two guys going at it. And I'm a pretty openminded woman who doesn't care if two people are gay. I just don't want to hear it/see it. Doesn't make me homophobic, and don't really care if it does.
So all this time I've heard gays say "It makes us just as sick to see two hetero's going at it", does that mean they have this same disorder?