What is it with this Republican insistence that gay and lesbian are choices? The oft-touted claim that nature’s law proclaims that all creatures are heterosexual has been repeatedly dashed to pieces on the rocks of science by the many examples in nature of homosexual behavior. And as for choice, who among you knows of a single person who has decided to suddenly up and play for the other team?
I’m a polytheist and an apostate. According to Christianity, I am about as far outside their God’s grace as you can get. But not once in my 54 years have I ever considered “becoming” gay. It’s not something I’ve ever even given any thought to. I am a heterosexual and have always been a heterosexual. I’m attracted to women and have always been. I’ve not once looked at a guy and said, “Damn, you know, I think I should be gay so I can get me some of that!”
I’ve been to gay clubs with gay friends and had a full body therapeutic massage from a gay massage therapist and hey, somehow, I’m still straight. It’s not contagious? Are you kidding?
Who thinks that way? Nobody – except Republicans.
People might discover they are gay, but they don’t decide to be gay. No gay man or lesbian woman can suddenly snap their fingers and decide to become heterosexual either. It doesn’t work like that.
It’s almost as if the Republican Party got up one morning and decided that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. No matter how many of them believed it, it would not become true. The sun will always rise in the east. Reality is like that, not subject to human ideology, religion, or whim. To use the famous tautology, it is what it is.
As Human Rights Campaign says, pizza toppings, not sexuality, are a choice, a point that ought to mean something to Herman Cain, at least. But appearing on The View earlier this month, Cain insisted that homosexuality is a choice. Joy Behar asked him how anyone would possibly choose to be gay, given existing prejudices.
Watch the video from ThinkProgress:
BEHAR: To think that gay is a choice, I don’t know how to respond to that. I mean, don’t think anybody in this world wants to be gay considering all the vilification that is brought upon someone who is gay. Why would you choose that?
CAIN: Well, you show me the science that it’s not and I’ll be persuaded. Right now it’s my opinion against the opinions of others who feel differently. That’s just a difference of opinions.
Of course, the science is out there, if only Herman Cain could see past his ideological and religious blinkers to look at it, just as the science is there for global warming. But Herman Cain isn’t really interested in the science.
And Herman Cain is no different than any other Republican candidate in this regard. Republicans are and have been at war with science and they really don’t want to be bothered with something that can interfere with a really good hate-fest. Remember the FAMiLY LEADER’s controversial marriage vow? People rightly focused on the ridiculous claims made with regard to slavery but at the end of the preface we see claims about the “absence of empirical proof” and tucked away in footnote 8 we see the absurd claim reiterated:
No peer-reviewed empirical science or rational demonstration has ever definitively proven, nor even has shown an overwhelming probability, that homosexual preference or behavior is irresistible as a function of genetic determinism or other forms of fatalism…
Again, no actual interest in the peer-reviewed studies that show exactly that. It’s easier just to lie, to say “show me the evidence” and to keep saying it even as piles of evidence mount before your very eyes. Just the other day Cain repeated his insistence that it is choice, telling talk show host Piers Morgan.
“Let me turn it around to you. What does science show? Show me evidence other than opinion and you might cause me to reconsider that. … I respect their right to make that choice. You don’t see me bashing them. I respect them to have the right to make that choice. I don’t have to agree with it. That’s all I’m saying.”
Herman Cain may think sexual preference is like choosing pizza toppings. Rick Perry thinks it’s like stepping up to the bar and ordering a drink, Time reporting his words as follows:
“Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink. And even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”
And of course, for Michele Bachmann being gay is a “lifestyle choice” like deciding to go Goth or embracing the trendy new Lolita fashions from Japan. Her husband says he can cure gays, not with science of course, because science would never support his crazy outlook, but with a thwack on the head with the Bible.
The sum total of Republican utterances on the subject is too lengthy to repeat here. Suffice it to say that it is more than troubling when an entire political party opts out of reality and insists mountains of evidence don’t exist, and then expect the rest of us to abide by their willful ignorance on the subject. Not since the Soviet Union have we had a superpower opt out of the reality we all share in the name of ideology. The Soviet Union, as should be obvious, did not survive the experience. There is no reason to suppose that the fate of the United States will be any different.