Thursday, March 15, 2007

Genetic Cleansing?

I ran across this on Pam Spaulding's site, and I just had to do a little ranting and raving. While this report honestly belongs in the 'too stupid to be believed' file, I was alarmed enough by the underlying intents being pushed. There is a small faction of wingnuts who have decided that homosexuality can be fixed in the womb...

"If a biological basis is found, and if a prenatal test is then developed, and
if a successful treatment to reverse the sexual orientation to heterosexual is
ever developed, we would support its use as we should unapologetically support
the use of any appropriate means to avoid sexual temptation and the inevitable
effects of sin."-- Rev. R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY

So, homosexuality is a defect...a disability. And to think I could have been getting disability income all this time, lol. Fortunately, there have been some wonderful rebuttals, and Richard Rothstein gave us a really good one...

One of the nation's leading Southern Baptists has called for a policy that
would support medical treatment, if it were to become available, to change the
sexual orientation of a fetus inside its mother's womb from homosexual to
heterosexual. This latest assault on our dignity and existence comes from no
less a personage than Rev. R. Albert Mohler, the president of the prominent and
influential Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is the flagship school of the Southern
Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.
Acknowledging the strides that genetic science is making in identifying and
isolating genetic abnormalities, defects and diseases, Mohler embraces this
advance in medical science as yet another tool in the war to root out and
cleanse sin.

Here's the thing that infuriates me. These are the same people who
are so adamantly against stem cell research, abortion under any circumstances
and have generally balked at every genetic research successes. Yet, it
seems perfectly acceptable to obliterate the God given genes of a homosexual
fetus...all in the name of cleansing sin.

Following that logic, we should do the same for the genes that produce this sort of anger and hate. Hell, let's just start rooting out all evil by aborting every fetus who has a 'negative' genetic makeup. Ah, but then...we'd root out all of humanity.

Julia Sugarbaker had an excellent line in one of the 'Designing Women' episodes...

"If God were handing out diseases as punishment for sin, then you'd be at
the free clinic everyday...and so would the rest of us."

Once one of these theologians becomes sinless, then we'll talk...maybe.

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