The core conundrum for bigoted conservatives is that they base their entire objection to homosexuality on a few select passages of the Bible. They claim the Bible is infallible while ignoring the same strict prohibitions for touching pig skin or eating shellfish. Yet homosexuality is an unalterable component of a person’s being, meaning that that they are, in the words of Lady Gaga, born this way.
But the Bible says it’s evil so how can people be born with no choice but to sin?
Rather than update their thinking about homosexuality as society has on many of the more…troubling aspects of the Bible (it not only condones slavery but provides regulations; endorses genocide, and murdering children, etc.), the religious right has decided that, all evidence to the contrary, homosexuality is a “choice.” This way, they can continue to blame the homosexual for being what they are and continue to rabidly persecute the LGBT community.
The Star Tribune reports the latest volley of stupidity to come from Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen:
“When we talk about gay marriage, we are not talking about an immutable characteristic, like the color of your skin.” Gruenhagen said. Referencing a decade- old genome study, he added: “There is no gay gene. The concept that there is a gay gene is an unscientific lie.”
He’s right, there is no “gay gene.” In fact, there’s several. We know, beyond any debate, that homosexuality is a natural component of the animal kingdom. There are hundreds of species that exhibit the behavior, and while humans can “choose” not to engage in homosexual behavior, they can just as equally choose to be celibate. That does not remove their sexuality or orientation. You can choose to stop eating, even starve yourself to death. That doesn’t mean you stop being hungry or bypass the need to eat. Not so, says noted biologist (but not really) Gruenhagen:
“It’s an unhealthy, sexual addiction.”
The only people who have an unhealthy addiction to homosexuality are the religious fanatics that can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe they should see a psychologist to help cure them of their compulsive obsession with what other people are doing in their bedrooms. We would all be better off.