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11/28/2012

Keith Ablow: Gay groups 'plant the seeds' for pedophiles to claim inborn identity

by Jeremy Hooper

The latest outrageous claim from Fox News' trusted psychiatric voice, Dr. Keith Ablow:

"Sadly, pedophiles who won’t accept responsibility for their actions may be inappropriately seeking to “benefit” from the advances won by the gay rights movement, because that movement has asserted that homosexual behavior is pre-programmed into babies, just as heterosexual behavior is. The unscientific and rote intolerance on the part of some gay rights groups for the idea that life experience can also shape sexual orientation (that sexual orientation is fluid) plants the seeds for the same insistence by those who would prey upon children." [Fox News]

So because the vast majority of gay people feel no sense of choice about their sexual orientation (just like heterosexuals), our statement of our beliefs provides fertile ground for pedophiles to do the same? That is as anti-intellectual as it is offensive! It's like saying that because I've lived within an existence where I've always found the taste of oranges pleasurable to my buds and have made these feelings known, I'm somehow planting a seed for others to say they have an ingrained taste for human spleens. I mean yes, sure, both of us can say such things on an anecdotal level, just as human capacity allows for any one person or group to claim just about anything under the sun as being an inborn characteristic. Literally, one can put just about anything on the "nature vs. nurture" scales, if one so chooses. But there is another level involving merit. Another level involving the potentiality for damage. Another level involving orientation versus behavior that exists within the orientations. Another level involving the real world thoughts of millions of this world's LGBT people. And so on and so forth.

When you consider the full picture you see this for what it is: One rightwing doctor's obvious desire to take a cheap political shot. It's a crude exercise in punditry that is not nearly as smooth as Dr. Keith Ablow thinks it is.

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**Endorsed by one of the most viciously anti-gay voices working today:

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