Fundie defends his 'soy makes you homo' column
Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That’s why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today’s rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products.
— James Rutz, chairman of Megashift Ministries, in his unhinged column from last week, “A devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals“
After declaring that Tofu is a tool of the Homosexual Agenda, Jim Rutz says he received over 500 emails about his little essay, and has decided to write a few more articles (fortified with links to sources that allegedly verify his crackpot claims), the first of which is titled The trouble with soy – part 2.
The most common question of the past week has been, “If soy is so harmful as to potentially alter sexual physiology and behavior, why haven’t the Chinese and Japanese all died off or become homosexual centuries ago?”
Three interlocking reasons: Click here for the first two. The third is that Orientals simply do not eat as much soy as Westerners think. The average daily consumption in Japan (one of the highest soy-consuming countries in Asia) is at most about eight grams of soy protein. China and other countries eat far less.
Soy has never been a leading staple there like rice, fish or pork. Even going back to the 1930s, calorie intake from soy in China was rarely more than 1.5 percent of their diet, whereas pork provided 65 percent! No comparison. Traditionally, soy plants were plowed under in fields as fertilizer…The highest intake of soy in Japan is among monks, who eat it to turn off sexual desire. (Think about that the next time you’re in the grocery store.)
Rutz, the founder-chairman of Open Church Ministries, is convinced that soy is responsible for, among other things, cancer, leukemia, infertility and obesity. He breathlessly urges us to look for his future missives on the matter.
But the worst victims of soy are babies. Per kilogram of body weight, the average Japanese in 2000 ate 0.47 milligrams of soy isoflavones daily, while the average U.S. baby drinking soy formula got 6.25 milligrams. Isoflavones are testosterone-suppressing female hormones.
Laura at Right Wing Watch was blown away be the bleatings of Rutz.
You have to wonder if seeing soy as the root of all sexual ills (for men anyway) also makes one seem, well, just a little odd. However, there may be another reason for finding this claim unbelievable: Rutz acknowledges his initial column fell just a teeny bit short in the substantiating-his-claims category and promises to now remedy that by addressing all of what he sees as the “problems with soy” in “a scientific, footnoted format” by tucking “footnotes and excess text” into future columns. Rutz writes titillatingly that he will address what soy is doing to male “sex organs” and will describe its impact on “sexual orientation” if we but only “tune in next week” because the story “gets worse.”
Could the story really get any worse? Not a big chance we’ll be reading his future columns closely to find out.
Take a look at what WingNutDaily readers think — they aren’t buying Rutz’s story either… What do you think about eating soy?
You know, I wonder what Rutz would think of this article (h/t Autumn):