May 18, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com
It should come as no surprise that Bryan Fischer, executive director of the non-profit “organization,” Idaho Values Alliance, which consists only of himself, is once again being reckless with the facts.
Fischer’s desperate attacks against LGBT people are practically a daily obsession that could easily be dismissed as ridiculous were it not for his malicious tone.
He is Idaho’s front man for the anti-gay industry and he is betting the farm that his lemming-like followers will keep coughing up cash so he can continue his operation of sewing the seeds of fear and loathing.
Fischer’s contempt is so strong he regularly calls us Nazis, fascists, child molesters and more recently his lunatic claim that including sexual orientation in hate crime legislation would protect pedophiles.
Adding a new drum beat to his act, Fischer is parroting other far right extremists with, “GREAT NEWS: Even the left admits there is no gay gene.” A weak and flailing attempt to argue homosexuality is nothing but an immoral lifestyle choice.
Fischer and other religious right commentators are hoisting up an alleged recent language change by the American Psychological Association (APA) in their sexual orientation literature as cause for jubilation. The merchants of misinformation are claiming that these changes now prove there is no genetic cause for determining one’s sexual orientation.
The APA statement change was supposedly changed from:
“There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person’s sexuality.”
“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”
To extremists like Fischer this is somehow a “hugely significant development” that calls for a news release that the APA is “now admitting that there is no ‘gay gene’ after touting its existence.”
It seems pretty clear the phrase “considerable recent evidence to suggest” no more proves there is a gay gene than, “There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons,” proves one does not exist. Fischer is parsing words in an attempt to frame the issue to suit his ideological agenda.
Anytime Fischer or his cronies take a position on sexual orientation, it must be viewed with the eye of a skeptic. Not surprisingly, PrideDEPOT.com has rooted out the original statement that Fischer claims has been changed.
The original statement still exists on the APA Help Center website.
If it is read in full context the alleged “before” and “after” statements are not mutually exclusive as the crafty right-wingers would have everyone believe. For example, the sentence that directly follows the quoted “change” was left out. Here is what it says:
“It’s important to recognize that there are probably many reasons for a person’s sexual orientation, and the reasons may be different for different people.”
Fischer expects people to take his word for it, when a closer examination of the facts clearly says he is telling half-truths at best. His is a false argument! Don’t just take our word for it Ã¢â‚¬â€œ read it for yourself!
PrideDEPOT.com Fact Check: World renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Simon LeVay, who is well known and widely respected in medical and scientific fields for his work in human sexuality and the brain, told PrideDEPOT.com, “The APA statement is correct in saying that “no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors…”
LeVay goes on to say, “The key word here is “determined.” Determined means “totally caused by.” No one claims that sexual orientation is determined by genes. But there is very strong evidence that it is influenced by genes. In fact, genes contribute about 30-50% of the total causation of male homosexuality, and probably somewhat less for female homosexuality.”
“People often make the mistake of thinking that a trait like homosexuality must be either genetic or it’s due to life experiences. That’s not true: biology influences our development through many other means than through genes,” says LeVay.
Fischer and his fellow extremists latch on to false or misleading statements in an attempt to feed their obsession to marginalize LGBT human beings. It doesn’t matter how laughable or egregious their statements may be, their objective is to deny us equal status as citizens in America, based on their agenda of hate.
Fischer’s latest diatribe is classic Orwellian doublespeak:
“With advances in pre-natal genetic screening, which can identify the Down syndrome gene in a pre-born baby, for example, gays certainly cannot be blind to the likelihood that the identification of a gay gene would quickly prompt screening for that gene.”
“They [gays] fret that increasing numbers of parents would abort a child with a gay gene just a parents kill 90% of Down syndrome babies before they even get a chance to be born.”
This insanity would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous. Fischer then goes on to say:
“Assuming just for the sake of argument that a gay gene does indeed exist, the brave new world homosexual activists claim to love a world that includes abortion on demand as a sacred and unalienable right – world lead to their own elimination is short order.”
Here’s where Bryan Fischer falls flat on his rightwing face – More LGBT people would rather adopt those Down syndrome and gay babies than see them aborted, but the far right extremists cannot resist the temptation to now make potential same-sex adoptive parents out as baby killers!
Perhaps it is time for Bryan to have a little reparative therapy of his own in an attempt to restore his soul. After all, Fischer’s brand of religious extremism, and what drives his hatred of all things queer, is really nothing more than a lifestyle choice.