At Least they Separate It…
How does bigotry like this find mainstream publication?
Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal–yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are “born gay” and can never change. This–and not society’s disapproval–may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide.
Unsurprisingly, it was found in the “On Faith” section of the Washington Post. I’m starting to notice a trend that nonsense – no matter how appalling – can be published in the faith sections of newspapers. Part of me is amazed that wickedness, pseudoscience, and shameful backwardness finds a place in these newspapers; another part of me is thankful it is properly labeled and segregated off in the religion section.
I am still disappointed that these sections’ editors allow such egregious deception. Tony Perkins, the homophobic author of the column, writes,
There is an abundance of evidence that homosexuals experience higher rates of mental health problems in general, including depression. However, there is no empirical evidence to link this with society’s general disapproval of homosexual conduct.
Most people that actually think believe the faith section is reliable will no doubt skip right over checking Perkins’ own linked source, but incredulous readers (the few that bother to read the section at all) will notice that the American Psychological Association’s report finds this (my emphasis),
- Several studies suggest that gay men, lesbians and bisexuals appear to have higher rates of some mental disorders compared with heterosexuals, although not to the level of a serious pathology. Discrimination may help fuel these higher rates.
- A study found lesbians reported equally strong levels of mental health as their heterosexual sisters and higher self-esteem.
So, when Perkins claims in the next sentence that “there is no empirical evidence to link this with society’s general disapproval of homosexual conduct” what are we to think? I’m guessing the editors just assumed the readers aren’t going to think. It’s the Faith section.
Luckily, good people still exist in the world.
[Update: Obama, who should know better, isn’t helping.]