Thursday, September 1, 2016

"Born This Way" is Shaky Science

We blogged on this earlier in the week, but another article came out today so we will bring it to your attention again.

If you blinked sometime around 2010, you probably didn't recognize the country when you opened your eyes. Once President Obama "evolved" on marriage, and the Supreme Court redefined that institution, the remaining cultural dominoes are falling, and fast.

This year alone, laws were proposed that would force Christian colleges to deny their beliefs, and a federal directive demanded that schools nationwide accommodate transgender students in both restrooms and athletics. And this march is accompanied by the persistent media drumbeat that "the science is settled" on these issues.

But the rhetoric is way ahead of the research. A sweeping new report in the The New Atlantis surveys decades of published data on sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, and the psychology behind them. 

The results are turning heads. Not only is the science behind LGBT claims far from settled, but these findings call into question foundational assumptions of the new sexual orthodoxy.

Dr. Paul McHugh and Lawrence Mayer, psychiatric experts, argue that "there is a large gap between the certainty with which beliefs about [sexual orientation and gender identity] are held...and what a sober assessment of the science reveals."

Their report identifies major areas where scientific findings don't support the triumphal rhetoric of activists. First, the idea that "gay" people are "born that way," genetically pre-programmed to be attracted to their own sex, lacks evidence.

"Genes," write the authors, "constitute only one of the many key influences on behavior in addition to environmental influences, personal choices, and interpersonal experiences." So-called "sexual orientation" is "fluid," not "fixed" and often changes throughout a person's life. 

In fact, some studies found that eighty percent of males who reported homosexual or bisexual feelings as children later identified exclusively as heterosexual.

Their report also tackles the transgender question, comparing actual research to the lofty claims of activists. Once again, there's a yawning chasm. Only a tiny minority of children who experience gender dysphoria continue to identify as transgender when they're adults.

McHugh and Mayer insist that subjecting children to hormone therapy or to so-called "sex reassignment" surgery is an act of sheer ideology, not medicine or compassion.

And, they add, adults who undergo sex-change operations (which the Obama Administration is pressuring health insurers to cover) are still--get this--19 times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population.

They conclude; "The hypothesis that...a person might be 'a man trapped in a woman's body,' or 'a woman trapped in a man's body,'--is not supported by scientific evidence."


Friends, we are all born with sin, dysfunction, brokenness, insecurity, pride, selfishness, lust, covetousness, perversion, etc...  It is the HUMAN CONDITION!

Let's say your two year old little boy steals something at the grocery store.  Of course we know the little kid was born that way because no one had taught him to steal at age two.  But do you correct the kid or just let his behavior go....because you know he was born that way?

"Oh, look!  Little Johnnie just stole some candy from the check out counter!  Isn't that something?  He was born as a thief!  Isn't that special??  Now don't you dare try to tell him his behavior is bad or will lead to problems!  Just embrace that he was born this way and try to nurture his thievery!"


We work our kids AWAY from the thievery, selfishness and perversion they were born with.  As parents we do our best to lead them to the paths of righteousness and teach them to fear the Lord.


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