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Viewpoint
September 8, 2011


Do homosexuals exist?
By Jeff Winter
 

For 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.

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.

Jeff Winter is the Pastor of FaithMV Church of Martha's Vineyard, MA
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