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10/18/2007

Alan Chambers on the tyranny of DNA

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 23-8Responding to a new study that seeks to determine if there is a genetic link to homosexuality, professional "ex-gay" Alan Chambers says that even positive findings wouldn't much change his views on the subject. He tells Focus on the Family's CitizenLink:

"Just because something's genetic or said to be genetic or have a biological component doesn't make it right," ... "It doesn't make it optimal, and it doesn't mean that genetics were ever meant to be tyrannical."

We respond:

Just because your personal interpretations of a handful of Biblical "clobber passages" tells you that gays are immoral, it doesn't make it right. And what would give anyone the right to say which genes were intended to be part of a human's identity, and which are "mistakes" in need of correction?! In terms of sexuality, we are not talking about a specific activity or addiction or handicap. We are talking about the core of a person's being. The way they love. They way they interact. The way they make quiche. They way they view the world. They way they ARE.

It is extremely offensive that a practitioner of one of the most tyrannical movements on this planet would paint a possible gay gene or combination of genes as despotic. In terms of legs to stand on -- well, let's just say
the "ex-gay" movement has little need for shoes! They take impressionable gays and their family members and bombards them with research that is unsupported by any credible body, science that is criticized or even condemned by the scientific community at large, anecdotal evidence that is suspect at best (celibacy is NOT "change!), Biblical interpretations that are one-sided and narrow, and condemnations that are steeped in demonizing gay stereotypes. Yet they tell people that they should respect and support this life-changing movement despite the fact that it lacks any true basis!! T-Y-R-A-N-N-Y.

As the likelihood of a genetic causation becomes more and more apparent, we are seeing more and more evangelicals take the preemptive step of saying, "
Oh, well it won't matter anyway." But deep down they clearly must be frightened at the possibility of such a discovery. "Hate the sin, love the sinner" is the crux of their campaigns to mask discrimination behind a veil of love and compassion. Such will be far more difficult if that "sin" is proven to be born-in. Just like now, everyone should always have the right to make their own decisions about their lives. If one wishes to become celibate because of their religious views, then they have every right. Some gay people discover that they are bisexual and proceed to fall in love with a member of the opposite sex. Others find that they never were truly gay, and that their same-sex experiences were nothing more than experiments. For others it's all more fluid. However, the organized "ex-gay" movement is stealthily trying to muddy the waters of sexual orientation for everyone to say that "gay is a lie" and all of us have the capacity for heterosexuality if we just buy their books, attend their conference, get some therapy, and pray a lot. And they operating as part of a larger socio-political movement, the likes of which wishes to deny gay rights ant every turn. This is not okay.

Tyranny is defined as exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way. Using your power of persuasion to tell perfectly decent people that they are in need of restoration fits this definition to a tee!

Federal Tax Dollars Fund Gay-Gene Study [CitizenLink]

**SEE ALSO: Peterson Toscano has a great piece on the harm to be had from "ex-gay" programs.

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Your thoughts

jeremy -- i agree with what you've said except "the way they view the world" -- it's too broad a statement. you make it sound as if all gays are of one geopolitical mind.

Posted by: andy | Oct 18, 2007 1:35:20 PM

No, no, andy, you misunderstand what I mean. I'm not talking about heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, or anyone in specific in that first passage. I'm simply saying that sexuality, in general, affects the way they view the world (among the other things, serious and silly, that I mentioned). It's not about anyone specific world view.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 18, 2007 7:17:38 PM

do gay people have any physical differences exccept for who the love?

Posted by: Taylor | Nov 12, 2008 5:22:39 PM

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