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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Al Mohler's Plan To Cure Gay-Babies

Al Mohler's latest column has gained the attention of the Associated Press. Check it out...

NEW YORK — The president of the leading Southern Baptist seminary has incurred sharp attacks from both the left and right by suggesting that a biological basis for homosexuality may be proven, and that prenatal treatment to reverse gay orientation would be biblically justified.

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., one of the country's pre-eminent evangelical leaders, acknowledged that he irked many fellow conservatives with an article earlier this month saying scientific research "points to some level of biological causation" for homosexuality.

Proof of a biological basis would challenge the belief of many conservative Christians that homosexuality — which they view as sinful — is a matter of choice that can be overcome through prayer and counseling.

And this response from a reader of Andrew Sullivan...

It is interesting that Mohler first acknowledges that the development of tests for in-utero gayness and any subsequent "cures" for such a condition "would reshape the abortion and gay-rights debates in America," but then ignores this salient point by advocating for the potential "treatment" anyway. It seems clear that since one of the main intellectual legs of the Pro-Life movement is the personhood of fetuses, any attempt to alter a fetus' genetic makeup without its consent is wrong in the same way that they claim abortion is wrong. It's a moral conundrum for those Pro-Lifers who continue to view homosexuality as an "objective disorder."

I expect those who traditionally stand upon their values, such as the Catholic church hierarchy, to oppose this type of process, whereas the moralizing opportunists that are Christianist leaders would likely welcome this type of procedure with open arms, saying something along the lines of "it's not as bad as abortion and we prevent the birth of another fundamentally sinful person."

And from Andrew Sullivan himself...
The Catholic hierarchy is not as hostile to gay people as the Protestant Christianists. But it still seems extraordinary to me that a leading figure like Mohler can talk of genetically engineering fetuses to prevent homosexuality. Would he favor genetically altering fetuses to remove other genetic markers? Dark skin? Or the instinct for self-defense which could lead to murder? Or genetic markers for envy or greed? The Christian answer to sin, if that's what Mohler believes being gay is about, used to be the grace of God. It's instructive to watch a professed Christian go for eugenics instead.
Years ago, a very liberal Southern Baptist leader began to dabble in eugenics. His name was Walt Johnson and he was soon ostracized by liberals and fundamentalists alike in his home state of North Carolina. Of course advocating eugenics shortly after World War II was not cool.

But what's going on in that brain of Al Mohler? Whatever happened to faith and grace?

If your worst fear is having a gay son or a lesbian daughter, I guess some Christians are willing to do anything - absolutely anything to keep that "nightmare"ddd from coming to fruition.


Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said...

This is a scary "final solution" position that Mohler is advocating.

2:44 AM

Blogger Jeremiah said...

Firstly, Al Mohler did not advocate the alteration of the genetic make up of the babies. He was refering to a reversal of hormones. In his radio show he only suggests using hormonal methods to reverse the gay genetic trend, not actually altering the baby's DNA.
Secondly, I really don't think that such a treatment as this would undermine the fundamental argument against abortion. Abortion is wrong because it is the killing of a human life. The matter of reasoning that a baby should have the choice of being born rather than the mother is not a pillar of argument against abortion. Rather, it is an argument used by those who do not wish to condemn abortion as immoral using absolute standards, but rather by saying that it is a denial of human will.

7:05 PM


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