Friday, March 16, 2007

NY Times attacks blog article

The NY Times published this AP story:
The president of the leading Southern Baptist seminary has suggested 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., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and one of the country’s evangelical leaders, posted the article on his personal Web site earlier this month.

Mr. Mohler said in the article that scientific research "points to some level of biological causation" for homosexuality.
Mohler has more comments here.

I am wondering why any of this is news. The opinions are completely innocuous. Somebody must have said something politically incorrect, but I'm not sure what. Apparently this is a subject where the slightest deviation from the approved lingo can get you in trouble.

A couple of days ago the Pentagon’s top general called homosexuality immoral, and he was immediately denounced by presidential candidates. But none of them was willing to express an opinion on whether homosexuality immoral or not. Apparently there are certain opinions about homosexuality that everyone is supposed to have, but you'd better not go into any detail.

Update: I guess the candidates had to consult some focus groups before giving an opinion:
WASHINGTON -- Homosexuality is not immoral, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama said Thursday -- after gay and lesbian Democrats pressured them to denounce Gen. Peter Pace's claim that same-sex relationships were wrong.

Over the previous 48 hours, Clinton and Obama had dodged reporters who asked them point-blank if homosexuality was immoral.

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