Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

05/27/2009 (7:50 pm)

The Gay Gene Theory is Dead

There’s no obituary, and certainly no fanfare — that’s the last thing in the world the gay lobby wants in this case — but the American Psychological Association has quietly changed it’s public stance concerning the cause of homosexuality.

The only way we know is that they’ve recently published a brochure entitled “Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality” (catchy title, that,) and it contains the following statement:

There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles….

This sounds innocuous, right? Consider how they put it just 10 years ago:

There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person’s sexuality.

No, there wasn’t, at least not for homosexuals, but that didn’t stop them from saying it. It was the favored position of the gay lobby, and the APA was singing their tune. There’s been a great deal of research since, but nothing new that would warrant such a dramatic shift in position.

My guess is that the APA had lost so much credibility over the years from their blatantly political positions, in the face of actual research, that they decided to back off. Either that, or the fact that the population at large is so thoroughly saturated with misinformation (most everybody believes homosexuality is genetic, whereas the research is clear that it is not) that they didn’t need to perjure themselves any longer. They don’t exactly tell the truth, but at least they’re not lying outright anymore.

The reason is immaterial. One of the favored ways for researchers to identify traits that are purely genetic is by studying identical twins; since identical twins have identical DNA, genetically-determined traits will appear in both twins 100% of the time. If one has blue eyes, for instance, so will the other — eye color is entirely genetic. There have been three studies of identical twins in which at least one twin was gay, two of them by gay researchers hoping to find a genetic link. None of the three studies found 100% correlation in sexual preference between identical twins; in fact, none of them even produced 50% correlation. The question regarding what does cause homosexuality is not settled by these studies, but one thing certainly does not cause it, and that’s genes. There may be influencing genetic factors (the way height, a genetic trait, influences basketball ability, for instance), but there is no gay gene.

For those who are interested in the history of this matter, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover has written a remarkably lucid essay, entitled The Trojan Couch, explaining how the APA succumbed to political correctness when it stopped calling homosexuality a disorder back in 1973. He also covers some of the more dishonest representations of research regarding homosexuality that advocates of gay rights have foisted on the public, and explains what recent research actually says. It’s definitely worth a read.

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September 23, 2009 @ 11:14 am #

Thank you. Once again, the Truth of God trumps the truth of man.

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