Curing Homosexuality: The Science of Sexual Orientation vs. Bigotry of Reparative Therapies

From Al Stephanelli, Free Thought Blogs:

Al Stefanelli
April 20, 2012

“Homosexuals are brute beasts…part of a vile  and satanic system that will be utterly annihilated,  and there will be a celebration in heaven.” – Jerry Falwell

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that horrendous attitudes, actions and rhetoric towards the LGBT community is still alive and well on planet earth. Yes, it is true that the issue of discrimination toward the LGBT community here in these United States has been steadily declining. An understanding regarding the facts and data regarding human sexuality continues to grow within the general population, as is the acceptance that the LGBT community is, otherwise, no different from any other demographic within our species. Personally, I find this a very positive indication that we are making progress as a society, shaking loose from one of the oldest and most stubbornly clung-to forms of bigotry.

Obviously, there is still a problem…

Much of the problem is exacerbated by the religious right’s most notorious leaders, pastors and televangelists as they stubbornly cling to that old rugged cross, holding tight to prejudices that are largely formed by fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible. We’ve all seen the videos on our social networks of the fundamentalist minister standing behind their bully pulpits, triumphantly waving their bibles and pointing their fingers in condemnation, spewing off their hatred and ignorance.

To many of us, they are a parody unto themselves. This does not change the fact that they are still influencing a lot of people with their bigoted ways, and the belief that the members of he LGBT community deserve the reception of horrible, barbaric rhetoric, acts of violence and blatant discrimination in almost every area of their lives is supported by countless individuals. The whole situation is not only terrifying to the LGBT community, but also horrifying to anyone who has an ounce of understanding about human biology, genetics and the animal kingdom in general.

The Orient Express…

The debate within the scientific community is heavily in favor of a genetic predisposition to homosexuality. While there are still some in the scientific community who support another genesis of human sexuality, it should be understood that within the scientific community, those who are engaged in this aspect of research do so not to justify bigotry or to somehow produce a report that justifies any sort of discrimination, hoping to prove that sexual orientation is a choice so that they can raise a beaker into the air, and shout, “Eureka! It is a choice! Grab your torches, we got some fags to burn!” That is the job of the religious zealot.

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