almost twenty years pro-gay activists have staked their
political strategy on claims that homosexuality is an inherited
trait, like left-handedness. They have argued that homosexuality
is a natural and fixed condition for some individuals just
as heterosexuality is for others.
Winter is the Pastor of FaithMV Church of Martha's Vineyard,
Homosexual activists have won many victories in the court
of public opinion. They have won without providing evidence
that there is a gay gene. Millions of Americans across this
country assume that science has proven that there is a genetic
basis for same-sex attraction. Therefore, homosexuality
is a predetermined condition.
In 1993, the highly-respected research journal Science
published a study by Dean Hamer. He claims in his research
that there might be a homosexual gene. It seemed as if science
was on the verge of proving that homosexuality is innate
and therefore unchangeable.
Soon after Hamer's report became public, National Public
Radio heralded those findings. Newsweek ran the cover
story, "Gay Gene?" The Wall Street Journal announced,
"Research Points Toward a Gay Gene... Normal Variation."
For many years I have been looking for the gay gene. As
of yet, I haven't found it. At best the evidence for a genetic
or biological basis to homosexual orientation is inconclusive.
In fact, since the early 1990s, numerous studies attempting
to establish a genetic cause for homosexuality have not
proven to be valid or repeatable. Despite millions of dollars
spent in the pursuit, no "gay gene" has been found,
nor do most gay researchers expect that it will be.
I find it interesting that there exists a vocal minority
of gay and lesbian-identified people who recognize that
sexual orientation is not fixed but is fluid. For example,
Kate Kendell, director of the National Center for Lesbian
Rights, argued in the gay magazine Frontiers that
sexual orientation is changeable. Lesbian psychotherapist
Jackie Black has stated that sexuality is not static. Further,
lesbian author and professor Camille Paglia argues that
homosexuality is not normal and that it is an adaptation,
not an inborn trait. Most recently, National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force spokesperson Roberta Sklar admitted in an ABC
news story that today's young lesbians and bisexuals have
a "more flexible view" about sexuality and see
it as "a fluid thing."
Since science and biology have not proven that some people
are born gay or lesbian, then let me ask the question, "Do
homosexuals really exist?" I am not joking when I ask
this question. Yes, there are people who have same-sex attraction
(2% - 3% of the population), and among these persons many
of them claim that their attractions are a part of their
identity. But, do gay and lesbians actually exist? Does
God create some to be homosexual and others to be heterosexual?
After working for many years with men and women who have
left homosexuality and spending hours studying the scientific
evidence, I have concluded that homosexuals don't exist.
I have learned that just because someone has same-sex attraction
doesn't make him/her a homosexual. This person is simply
a heterosexual who is attracted to others of the same gender.
Gay activists and the popular media have blinded many in
our culture and the PCUSA to believe that some people are
born heterosexual and others homosexual. It needs to be
understood that every person created by God is a heterosexual.
Recently, a majority of presbyteries voted to change the
Book of Order. Now, persons who identify themselves
as gay or lesbian can seek ordination. Before too long we
will be ordaining men and women to the ministry of Word
and Sacrament who don't exist. At next summer's General
Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh we will consider approving
homosexual marriage; marriage between two people who don't
exist. As a denomination we have spent forty years debating
this issue. Progressives have spent an inordinate amount
of time and expense trying to remove a social stigma and
to classify a sinful behavior as normal. They have succeeded
by changing the rules that have governed us for many years
in order to help a group of people that don't exist.
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