Homosexuality Not a Disease

So says a famous medical expert:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has said that homosexuality is not a "disease" on the eve of a crucial decision that could split the Anglican Church worldwide.

Good, glad we\’ve got that sorted then.

9 comments on “Homosexuality Not a Disease

  1. Fair enough but do we have any credible hypothesis to account for the many reports about the numbers of gay priests and clergy that have surfaced?

  2. I’d have thought it was a mix of factors, Bob. A male dominated environment where close relationships with women are frequently frowned upon, which would both promote intimacy between men, i.e. situational sexuality, and attract those that hope for such intimate relationships. It also may be an attempt by individuals to assuage religious guilt (e.g. “I’m gay ergo a sinner so I’ll compensate by devoting my life to God”). Similarly, it may be an attractive lifestyle to those that cannot freely pursue the one of their choosing.

    However, I’m curious as to whether there really are greater numbers of gays in the church than the general population. I think they just get more publicity.

  3. Meanwhile in arch-conservative Germany 79% of people surveyed would have no problem with a homosexual Chancellor. Even if the Germans still don’t get economic liberalism it seems they at least have grasped the social variety. You reckon the same could be said for the UK?

  4. If these Wikipedia entries and press reports are anywhere near true then gay priests and clerics are set on the natural order and most of the rest of us are in deep, deep disorder:

    “Animal sexual behavior takes many different forms, even within the same species. Researchers have observed monogamy, promiscuity, sex between species, sexual arousal from objects or places, rape, necrophilia, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and situational sexual behaviour) and a range of other practices among animals other than humans. Related studies have noted diversity in sexed bodies and gendered behaviour, such as intersex and transgender animals.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_sexuality

    According to impeccable sources, many independent studies have reported that gay behaviour is widespread among wild fauna:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_displaying_homosexual_behavior
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article1288633.ece?token=null&offset=12

    On the evidence, much of animal kind is eternally doomed.

  5. Bob, as a behavioural ecologist let me step in here. Homosexual relationships have been observed in many animal species and prove a platform for us to understand its prevalance in humans; however, what is the “natural order” makes no statement, religious or otherwise, as to whether it is right. Many animal species force matings. In human societies this is termed rape and socially unaccepatable. However, there is some pretty compelling evidence that rapists are, at least in part, following a natural mating strategy. Does that excuse them? No. Does it help to understand them? Yes. Does it mean we are wrong to punish them? No.

    It is a common but incorrect conclusion to state that homosexuality is maladaptive. Just because a reproductive strategy, such as homosexuality, appears not to maximise personal reproduction does not make it maladaptive, nor that its actors – and their genes – are doomed. There are numerous theories, such as kin selection, group selection and even memetics that suggest otherwise.

    However, as stated, just because such a strategy can exist in a non-pathological context, that makes no comment as to whether we should socially accept it. Interestingly though, those that dislike it the most, often accuse it as being unnatural because it would die out (their logic, not mine). If they really believe this then they should follow their logic through, encourage gay people to out themselves, pair up, and let homosexuality be bred out of the population rather than insisting on some socially-enforced heterosexuality.

  6. So it’s the “natural order” if animals do it, then? Killing and eating your sexual partner or your offspring, assaulting and killing sexual rivals, all part of the natural order. And here I was thinking civilisation was about rising above animal instincts, not using them as role models. Silly me.

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