Friday, February 23, 2007

For those who fret that someone somewhere is gay

And is unconcerned with what others think, Mustang Bobby will explain it for you:
As far as how or why people are gay, I don't know how to make it any plainer: no one chooses to be gay any more than one chooses to be left-handed, blonde, or six feet tall. The research into the science on the subject and the search for the "gay gene" goes on, but overwhelming empirical evidence points to the probability that sexual orientation is hard-wired at the factory and the tired old explanations of a domineering mother and distant father plus all the other grasps at straws that the fundamentalists and other anti-gay forces use have been relegated to the trash heap of reputable psychiatric medicine along with leeches. Yes, the idea of a gay gene is a theory, but since no one has come up with any other explanation, I'm willing to accept it. If it was environmental or parenting, how come my three siblings are all straight?

Fundies jump on the word "theory" as if it leaves open the possibility that there are other explanations; evolution is only a theory, they say, so there's no real proof that it opposed to the story in Genesis, which, according to them, is incontrovertible. But, to quote Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." A scientific theory is arrived at when all other possibilities have been excluded. Gravity is a theory. No one can prove to an absolute certainty how it works, but science has pretty much ruled out "intelligent falling." Real science is always subject to debate and new ideas; it does not possess the insecure absolutism of mythology. And even if it's proven that there are other reasons why some people are attracted to those of their own gender, what does it matter, and why does it matter to an absolute stranger like James Dobson, Pat Robertson, or any of the other people who can't seem to mind their own business?
Mustang Bobby is brilliant as usual. Go and read the whole thing and then rejoice that people like him are on this earth.

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