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Gay by Choice? (Or by Birth?)
Christian Post ^ | 02/13/2012 | Charles Colson

Posted on 02/13/2012 6:27:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind

For years we have been told that homosexuality is something people are born with - like the color of one's skin - and that it can't be changed. Gay-rights activists insist this is so, because, they say, if people don't choose to be gay, it would be wrong to discriminate against them in things like marriage, adoption, and legal benefits.

And heaven help those who disagree. Just ask actress Cynthia Nixon, who in a recent New York Times Magazine article, had the gall to admit that she chose to be gay.

Nixon, who played one of the characters on the old "Sex in the City" television series, was involved in 15-year relationship with a man that produced two children. Now, however, Nixon has moved on to a so-called "gay" relationship with a woman. In the article, Nixon is quoted about her sexual life, "For me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it's not, but for me it's a choice, and you don't get to define my gayness for me."

Curiously, gay activists, who in almost any other instance would celebrate a "woman's choice," are really upset. "Cynthia did not put adequate thought into the ramifications of her words," said Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, which opposes programs that seek to cure people of homosexuality. "When people say it's a choice," Besen added, "they are green-lighting an enormous amount of abuse."

No, what Nixon is green-lighting is the dangerous idea that people make choices about their sexual lifestyle. And that's a clear and present danger to the agenda of the gay-rights movement. That agenda seeks to prove that the gay lifestyle is natural and inevitable. But friends, there is absolutely no proof, and there'll probably never be any proof, that people are "born gay."

University of California, Davis, psychologist Gregory Herek, an "expert on anti-gay prejudice," admits, "The nature vs. nurture debate really is passé. The debate," he said, "is not really an either/or debate in the vast majority of cases, but how much of each. We don't know how big a role biology plays and how big a role culture plays."

Wheaton College's Stan Jones, who has written extensively on the subject, says the best research reveals that homosexual attraction is the result of a complex and mysterious interaction of biological, psychological, and environmental factors that produce different results for different people. Jones, and anyone else who has looked at the evidence in an unbiased way, says that there is no "gay gene."

Thus, the project to - in the words of one pro-gay writer, "make homophobia as inexcusable as racism" - has failed. For some people, homosexuality is a choice, and to whatever extent that is true, the fact is we all have a choice about how we will respond to our various sexual inclinations and express our sexual brokenness.

And, contrary to what we hear, the different sexual choices people make are not all equal. Only one conforms to nature and nature's God.

No, God's Word does not give us a definitive word about the cause of homosexuality, but it is crystal-clear that we need to reject homosexual behavior as sinful, to embrace sex only in the context of marriage between a man and a woman, and to treat everyone we meet - homosexual or not - with love and respect.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: gay; homosexuality
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To: SeekAndFind

If homosexuality were genetic, wouldn’t it die off each generation? Am I missing something?


51 posted on 02/13/2012 8:08:34 PM PST by Paraclete
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

‘Humans came up with socially enforced marriage because it is a better deal for all concerned’

Humans did not come up with marriage. God ordained marriage.


52 posted on 02/13/2012 8:32:04 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Aria

One could never be the other - even if they wanted to.


I’d bet you’d get some dissent on that opinion from the prison population.


53 posted on 02/13/2012 8:52:54 PM PST by bramps (Cama, Cama, Cama Chameleon.)
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To: Aria
Let's play devil's advocate and say there is such thing as a homo gene, and that they are "born that way". That doesn't mean it's okay to engage in that lifestyle choice. After all, people are born with addictive personalities, genetically predisposed to be alcoholics and drug users, so does that make it okay to be an alcoholic or a druggie? No. People are predisposed to be obese, so does that make it okay to overeat? No.

We are fully well capable of controlling our predispositions to doing wrong...be it drinking too much, smoking meth, eating too much, and engaging in homosexual acts. People make the wrong choice to do those things. So even if there is a homo gene (and for 30 years they've been trying to prove there is, and haven't been able to do so), it excuses nothing.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

54 posted on 02/13/2012 8:53:36 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? http://www.bigdawgmusicmafia.com)
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To: lwoodham
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55 posted on 02/13/2012 9:02:21 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: SeekAndFind

The statistics seem to point to homosexuality being a mental disorder caused by being victimized by either a domineering mother or a pedaphile while a child.


56 posted on 02/13/2012 9:03:14 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Patrick1
"So it is either a birth defect or immoral behavior."

Most likely it's both and a few other factors. In vary degrees for different individuals a permissive culture, nurturing (i.e. an abusive childhood), a more feminine (but not necessarily homosexual) physiology, lack of attractiveness as a mate (think bull dyke) and, of course, an element of will are likely factors.

"The fallacy of the single cause, also known as causal oversimplification, is a fallacy of questionable cause that occurs when it is assumed that there is a single, simple cause of an outcome when in reality it may have been caused by a number of only jointly sufficient causes."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_the_single_cause

57 posted on 02/13/2012 9:06:53 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: SeekAndFind
.... I do find it rather fascinating how people want to classify everything as fitting into a tidy little box so that it will neatly fit into their belief system.

I love it when you see that, for instance, Alcoholism is caused by a genetic proclivity. This may in fact be true .... but perhaps it may also be said that it is a learned trait ..... hmmmmmm.... yup.... that is also possible ....,. then there may also be a logical conclusion arising from this observation ..... that there may, in fact, be multiple causes that may lead to a certain result. Either that or it is all caused by genetic anomalies .... or all caused by a learned trait .... or caused by (fill in the blank de-jour) All I know is that just because some poor student schlub writing a thesis or scientist seeking to make his mark in a scientific community came to some conclusion doesn't mean that all things are so .... but it may point to a lack of an all inclusive cause for that one thing.

Two weeks ago .... I took my car in to have a tire repaired because it was compromised by a screw left by a careless construction worker. But how could that be? A neighbors tire had to be repaired because it was worn too thin!!! So why do tires need to be repaired? ...... hmmmmmmm....... just sayin

58 posted on 02/13/2012 9:07:15 PM PST by R_Kangel
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To: marvlus

No one is genetically pre-programmed to jam his sausage into another man’s anus.


59 posted on 02/13/2012 9:15:21 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who should a hermaphrodite have sex with? A male or a female? Should they act masculine or feminine? Is it sinful to have sex period if you are a hermaphrodite? And hermphodites are only ONE incident in a whole continuim of “sexualities” that can emerge depending upon whether a fetus is exposed to too much estrogen or too much testosterne during gestation.
Quit judging these people. You haven’t lived in their shoes or their bodies. You are not privy to their brains. Judge not.
ALL sins are the same in the sight of God.
Who among you has not got some sort of “infirmity?”
And yes, I’m a Christian. I am a republican and I’m voting for NEWT.


60 posted on 02/13/2012 9:19:38 PM PST by doc maverick
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To: Beelzebubba

What if there were some competitive advantage to a genetic society that had a small percentage on non-child-rearers, who arranged the flowers, and gave the gals a shoulder to cry on? My examples are dumb, but I’m serious.


I’m not trying to be a wise ass but you probably had to reach for ‘stupid’ examples because in and of itself, homosexuality serves no purpose. Not to be cliche but women classically already provide the services you mention. Truck drivers also provide a useful function. Yes, if everyone chose to drive a truck we’d have a problem but by itself, truck driving is valuable. Homosexuality provides zero additional benefits to society, only drawbacks. Hence again, in and of itself, homosexuality is inherently bad.


61 posted on 02/13/2012 9:33:38 PM PST by bramps (Cama, Cama, Cama Chameleon.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If it’s a choice, (and I believe it is) then it’s a very bad and self destructive one.


62 posted on 02/13/2012 9:34:56 PM PST by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: MrKatykelly
They are what they are and it is NOT a choice unless you live in NY or CA.

Other cities don't allow easy homosexuality? Not Minneapolis, or Laramie, or Lincoln, or Grand Junction?

63 posted on 02/13/2012 9:41:28 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What difference doesn’t make whether one is “born gay” or not? Merely being born with a proclivity or oddity doesn’t make it any more normal than acquiring it later. And it doesn’t take a scientist or medical doctor to know that men and women are physiologically designed for each other.


64 posted on 02/13/2012 9:53:28 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think most gays just get sucked into it.


65 posted on 02/13/2012 10:09:29 PM PST by Joe Bfstplk (People should enjoy the fruits of their labor. No labor, no fruit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Placemark


66 posted on 02/13/2012 10:19:10 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Paraclete

“If homosexuality were genetic, wouldn’t it die off each generation? Am I missing something?”

Yes. You are.

I’ve come to the conclusion that most (not all) homosexuality — male homosexuality, as least — comes under the bounds of this rationale:
“A naturally-occurring aberration from the norm”.

I chose each word very carefully in that statement.

No, homosexuality is not and can never be “normal”.
Still, it exists, truly an “aberration” from the norm of heterosexuality.
And (again, for males), the _cause_ of that aberration occurs mainly in nature, not nurture or environment.

We see other types of naturally-occurring defects in humans, all sorts of them. A disease like muscular dystrophy is indeed “genetic”, so why does -it- not “die off” from one generation to the next?

I remember reading about dc generators that somehow become “mis-polarized” (i.e., polarized the wrong way), and thus “spun in reverse” when current was applied to them. Likewise a compass could get magnetized “the wrong way”, and its needle would be 180 degrees reversed.

I believe that embedded somewhere deep in the brain is a kind of “sexual compass” that directs what we (on the surface) call sexual “orientation”. This may not be based on any specific “gene” (hence, no proof that “a gene causes homosexuality”), but something exists there, and I believe that in time we will come to a clearer understanding of what it is.

And — if it’s there — there’s the possibility that early in life, probably in utero, this sexual compass gets “polarized” and the individual is forever “programmed” to behave sexually in a certain manner.

For the vast majority of males, the polarization is “correct”, and they are heterosexual.
For a minority, the polarization gets tangled and reversed, and they are drawn to other males.
But even this isn’t absolute. There may be “middle points” between the opposing poles of the compass — hence, those who are bisexual, others who are mainly heterosexual but can be “pulled towards” homosexuality, and, midway on “the other side”, those whose sexual consciousness began as homosexual but were able to “re-direct themselves” towards normal heterosexuality.

Women seem to be an entirely different story. I’ve come to the conclusion (as previously stated by a few others in this discussion) that the majority of lesbians _choose_ that behavior for some reason or other. Not all, though — there are some very “butch” females that seem to have been that way “early on”, suggesting innate characteristics that are not changeable. Just like the vast majority of males.

Having written all this, I realize that it is “the liberal argument” to argue that gays “are born that way”, and should not be discriminated against for that reason.

As a conservative, I see no reason to purposefully make the lives of homosexuals miserable.....
HOWEVER...
Go back to my original statement, that being, “a naturally-occuring ABERRATION from the norm”.

Because it -is- an aberration, it should not and should never be accepted as “the norm” by which society is constructed. Nor should we do anything to embrace it as normal.

To gays, I would say, “you are here, and you are different. We will not persecute you for being different, but, in return, you must not flaunt those differences in our faces, nor claim that what you are and what you do is ‘normal’ vis-a-vis the social constructs and mores of heterosexuality. Don’t try to rub our noses in your gayness, keep it amongst yourselves, and we’ll take a ‘live and let live’ approach towards you.”

“In short, we won’t deny you love, so long as that love dare not speak its name....”


67 posted on 02/13/2012 10:52:08 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Same-o, same-o.

However, it did pre-date monotheism.


68 posted on 02/14/2012 5:49:23 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Beelzebubba

Well said, I couldn’t agree more.

And in fact homosexual behavior has been found in other species besides human beings, which supports your theory.

When I look around and I see a man who, since a boy has behaved like a female, or I see a strongly masculine woman walking down the street, it makes me realize there is a huge natural spectrum of sexuality.

As a conservative, I believe it’s none of my business what others do with their lives. Whether homosexuality is nature (which I tend to believe) or psychological impairment doesn’t matter. These are free people and as long as they are not committing crime I think we should just live and let live. And I understand that it repulses some people, and that’s natural too.


69 posted on 02/14/2012 6:52:58 AM PST by ladyrustic
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To: Road Glide

I’m still baffled. At its core homosexuality still directly relates to reproduction. How can it proliferate if it denies basic genetic principle?

Of course, I’m making the assumption it has proliferated.

Perhaps the voice of homosexuals has just gotten louder and/or the resistance of societal norm has rapidly diminished.


70 posted on 02/14/2012 8:39:13 AM PST by Paraclete
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To: marvlus

I am straight. I cannot speak for what others’ orientations are, or what causes them. I CAN say that I have inclinations that, if given free rein, would land me in jail or in the hospital. Sometimes I like other people’s possessions, but it wrong to take them. Often I like the look of attractive women (in addition to my wife), but if I tried to “partake” that would be wrong. I don’t do that.

I have disclosed these admissions, but I didn’t have to. Neither do gay people. They can keep these desires to themselves, or can be discreet about their disclosure. No one has to know. Forgive the stereotypes, but lesbians don’t HAVE to wear flannel, and gay men don’t have to love show tunes. (Yes, I know these are not universal characteristics, that isn’t really the point.)

The point is, keep it to yourself. Live your life however you feel you must, but if you want to avoid critiques from others, there’s no need to let on.


71 posted on 02/14/2012 8:53:58 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: SeekAndFind

Once the “gay” gene is isolated and prenatal testing is perfected, will selective abortion become a hate crime?


72 posted on 02/14/2012 9:04:12 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think that there may be an environmental factor at least contributing to the growing number of male gays.

I think it is related to the use of the Pill. Estrogen is being put into our water sources, from the Pill. The effect can be seen in the fish. See this article below. It is not widely talked about.

http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/1350/36/

73 posted on 02/24/2012 7:25:31 PM PST by bvmtotustuus (totus tuus Blessed Virgin Mary)
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