Hard to know what to make of this, or even if what they propose–to prenatally interfere with sexual orientation–is possible.
Mr. Mohler [president of a Baptist seminary] said in the article that scientific research “points to some level of biological causation” for homosexuality.
That suggestion offended fellow conservatives, Mr. Mohler said. Proof of a biological basis would challenge the belief of many conservative Christians that homosexuality, which they view as sinful, is a matter of choice that can be overcome through prayer and counseling.
But Mr. Mohler said he was criticized even more strongly by supporters of gay rights, who were upset by his assertion that homosexuality would remain a sin even if it were biologically based, and by his support for possible medical treatment that could change an unborn child’s sexual orientation.
Now that above quote was from a write-up in the New York Times. The original piece he wrote on his blog (Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?) highlights a bit of research on homosexuality in animals, and tells his readers to “brace” for the possibility that homosexuality might be at least in part biological. Gasp!!!
What makes the sheep “sexual partner preference testing” research so interesting is that the same scientists who are documenting the rather surprising sexual behaviors of male sheep think they can also change the sexual orientation of the animals. In other words, finding a biological causation for homosexuality may also lead to the discovery of a “cure” for the same phenomenon.
That’s where the issue gets really interesting. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] has called for an end to the research, while tennis star Martina Navratilova called the research “homophobic and cruel” and argued that gay sheep have a “right” to be homosexual. No kidding.
The article is an interesting, if confusing and misguided, quagmire. On the one hand he admits research suggests orientation is biological, yet on the other, states that this doesn’t change what God says about homosexuality. He is against abortion, even in the case of a known homosexual baby, but is all for medical intervention to change that baby’s sexuality in the womb.