According to the Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins, the extreme social left would have people believe the following unproven views:
- That homosexuality is ontologically (of or relating to essence or the nature of being) equivalent to race.
- That homosexual acts are morally equivalent to heterosexual acts.
- That homosexuality is in all cases immutable.
- That homosexuality is biologically determined.
- That moral disapproval of homosexual acts constitutes hatred of persons.
- That moral disapproval of homosexual acts is analogous to racism (or “hate”).
None of the above points are true. As I mentioned in part 2 of this series, our society has been lazy on this issue and has thrown critical thinking out the window. Assumptions are rarely, if ever, questioned. Claims—no matter how faulty—are accepted as fact.
In her writings Laurie Higgins explains that all of the arguments in support of the above points “are fact-less, emotional, and based on false premises.”
Let’s focus on the first bullet point above. Higgins writes:
- Race is 100% heritable, homosexuality is not.
- Race is immutable in all cases, homosexuality is in many cases mutable (capable of or susceptible to change).
- Race has no behavioral implications that are legitimate objects of moral assessment; homosexuality is centrally defined by subjective experiences of desire and volitional acts that are legitimate objects of moral assessment.
On the mutability question, let me refer you to the organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays. There are an ever increasing number of men and women who have successfully left the homosexual lifestyle. The pseudo “experts” on the social left would have you believe ex-gays don’t exist. Since they do exist, everything else those “experts” say should be measured accordingly.
Higgins writes what she calls an unoriginal observation:
Whereas there are no former blacks, there are scores of people who have at one point self-identified as homosexual, renounced homosexuality, and gone on to live successful heterosexual lives.
Homosexuality is not analogous to skin color, biological sex, hair color, or disability. Homosexuality would be analogous to many conditions that are defined by powerful persistent desires and volitional acts.
It’s important to be aware of the following – again, quoting Laurie Higgins:
There is no evidence for the claim that homosexuality is genetically determined. Every study that has suggested a correlation between some biological factor and homosexuality has been refuted or criticized for any number of test-design flaws or faulty conclusions.
The American Psychological Association says this about homosexuality causation:
“Most scientists today agree that sexual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors.”
The fact that same-sex attraction is persistent and seemingly intractable does not make it like race any more than the persistence and seeming intractability of pedophilic impulses make pedophilia like race.
On the topic of causation, in the past I’ve written about the work of Arthur Goldberg, the author of the book, “Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality and the Power to Change.” Here they are:
The bottom line is, don’t fall for “the born gay hoax.”
Read the entire series here.