IS YOUR BABY GAY?
It’s a great day publicity-wise when you can piss off the Left and the Right in one breath.
Consider the Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. R. wrote an article on his blog in which he acknowledged the preponderance of evidence suggesting that homosexuality has a biological cause.
(Side note: It never ceases to amaze me that people still insist that homosexuals simply choose to adopt that orientation in order to thumb their noses at convention. Not a single homosexual individual I’ve ever met has said, “Well, you know, straight is so boring. It’s cooler to be ‘different,’ don’t you think?” Nose-thumbers might choose to consume copious amounts of alcohol and sing Barry Manilow tunes along with the karaoke machine. They might choose to paint their ceilings canary yellow instead of the more common off-white. Serious nose-thumbers might spend years following the Grateful Dead or Phish or whatever it is now around in dilapidated VW vans. But they don’t turn gay.)
So the Christian Right is mad at R. Albert for admitting that. But then he went on to say that he would support the development and use of medical treatment on fetuses in order to prevent them from turning out homosexual.
This reminds me of a debate in the deaf community. Many deaf people do not believe in cochlear implants or any other intervention designed to maximize a child’s residual hearing. In their view, being deaf is just fine. They have a close-knit community with their own language, culture, and traditions. They don’t want to view themselves as broken.
It is very difficult for a hearing person not to see deafness as a disability, because in fact it is. But I am sympathetic to the “different not disabled” argument.
Similarly, the gay community does not want to be viewed as defective, and in fact they are not. While the inability to hear is a definite impediment, homosexuality is an impediment in the way that dark skin is: only by virtue of other people’s reactions.
So the Left is not very happy with R. Albert’s suggestion that gay babies should be fixed, even if it involves significant expense, invasive and potentially risky medical procedures done to pregnant women, and a “broken” label on the people that still manage to be born gay.
R. Albert says, “I wrote the article intending to start a conversation.” Mission accomplished.