Baptist leader urges 'genetic cleansing' of homosexuality
Man, I forgot I had this one queued up over the weekend as a draft. This guy is a real crackpot.
“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
Isn’t this what it all boils down to — homosexuality is a defect or disease to the fundies, so they want to to use science to “cure” it in the womb. From Richard Rothstein:
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.
Acknowleding 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.
A regular here at the Blend, Rev. Dr. Jerry Maneker, had this to say on his blog about Mohler:
Here, we have a professing Christian who, even if it were to be demonstrated that being Gay is genetic in nature, still opposes Gay people to the point where he supports changing the sexual orientation of the fetus to heterosexuality; attributes being Gay to the consequences of “original sin.” So you see, not only can’t deeply prejudiced people be won over by logic and data, by appeal to the Gospel of grace and love, but their hateful animus is visceral and only couched with the patina of Christian God-talk, by specious appeals to selected texts of the Bible that really represent their own projections of their twisted views of life that impel them to create “the other” against whom they can externalize their hatred and those twisted views.
Hence, no one should have any reason to fear them! He and so many others of his ilk, prove that the Emperor has no clothes! They have absolutely no biblical or Godly justification for condemning or in any way demonizing or discriminating against LGBT people and when their backs are driven to the wall, we come to see that the only thing with which we must contend is their pure, naked prejudice that shows them to be in the same league as any two-bit hater and school yard bully. And, as most of us know, the only way to deal with a school yard bully is to push back; to confront their tactics, and they will retreat and climb back under the rocks from which they came.