Note: Originally posted in the Christianity Debate forum; cross-posted to the Gay [Marriage, etc.] Debate forum.
Science told: hands off gay sheep
Isabel Oakeshott and Chris Gourlay
Experiments that claim to ‘cure’ homosexual rams spark anger
SCIENTISTS are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.
The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of homosexual rams so that they are more inclined to mate with ewes.
It raises the prospect that pregnant women could one day be offered a treatment to reduce or eliminate the chance that their offspring will be homosexual. Experts say that, in theory, the “straightening” procedure on humans could be as simple as a hormone supplement for mothers-to-be, worn on the skin like an anti-smoking nicotine patch.
The research, at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis and at the Oregon Health and Science
University in Portland, has caused an outcry. Martina Navratilova, the lesbian tennis player who won Wimbledon nine times, and scientists and gay rights campaigners in Britain have called for the project to be abandoned.
Navratilova defended the “right” of sheep to be gay. She said: “How can it be that in the year 2006 a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments?” She said gay men and lesbians would be “deeply offended” by the social implications of the tests.
But the researchers argue that the work is valid, shedding light on the “broad question” of what determines sexual orientation. They insist the work is not aimed at “curing” homosexuality.
Approximately one ram in 10 prefers to mount other rams rather than mate with ewes, reducing its value to a farmer. Initially, the publicly funded project aimed to improve the productivity of herds.
So, the question I have is, does Jesus hate gay sheep? If so, why did Jesus create gay sheep? And if gayness is a characteristic of sheep, provably 1 in 10 rams is so afflicted, what busienss does man have trying to change it? Didn't Jesus know what his genetic tinkering would lead to?
The article goes on to state that this research could be misused by, say, Iran, or other violently anti-gay regimes, but I know so many American Christians who will rejoice about the possibility of Science finding a "cure" for homosexuality... without any sense of the irony of Evolutionists being the bearers of the Final Solution for the Christian's most not-hated moral problem.
Of course, it's only partially successful in the sheep so far, so practical applications on humans, if possible, are a ways off...
The whole article is here.