A New Twist To The "Gay" Debate
An organization of pediatricians has come out against the theory that people are born homosexual.
Physicians Caution Educators on Dealing with Sexual Orientation and Gender Confusion
The American College of Pediatricians cautions educators about the management of students experiencing same-sex attraction or exhibiting symptoms of gender confusion. These concerns are outlined in a letter and fact sheet sent by College president Thomas Benton, MD, to all 14, 800 school district superintendents in the U.S. Dr. Benton also alerts them to a new Web resource, FactsAboutYouth.com, which was created by a coalition of health professionals to provide factual information to educators, parents, and students about sexual development.
“As pediatricians, our primary interest is in the health and well-being of children and youth,” Dr. Den Trumbull, Vice President of the College explains. “We are increasingly concerned that in too many instances, misinformation or incorrect assumptions are guiding well-intentioned educators to adopt policies that are actually harmful to those youth dealing with sexual confusion.”
The College reminds school superintendents that it is not uncommon for adolescents to experience transient confusion about their sexual orientation and that most students will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. For this reason, schools should not seek to develop policy which “affirms” or encourages these non-heterosexual attractions among students who may merely be experimenting or experiencing temporary sexual confusion. Such premature labeling can lead some adolescents to engage in homosexual behaviors that carry serious physical and mental health risks.
There is no scientific evidence that anyone is born gay or transgendered. Therefore, the College further advises that schools should not teach or imply to students that homosexual attraction is innate, always life-long and unchangeable. Research has shown that therapy to restore heterosexual attraction can be effective for many people.
Optimal health and respect for all students can only be achieved within a school by first respecting the rights of students and parents to accurate information and to self-determination. It is the school’s legitimate role to provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students. It is not the school’s role to diagnose or attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not the school’s role to “affirm” a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.
The American College of Pediatricians is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. The College produces sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing.
By the late 1980’s gay, lesbian, and bisexual activists began to successfully employ strategies to radically change America’s perception of homosexual behavior.
The true facts are:
Homosexual attraction of young students is usually temporary (if not encouraged) and may be unwanted.
The homosexual lifestyle carries grave health risks, especially for males.
For unwanted sexual attractions, therapy to restore heterosexual attraction has proven effective and harmless.
“When compared with heterosexual men, men who have sex with men are 44 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV, and 46 times more likely to contract syphilis.” Read here for more facts and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Sexual Orientation is Not Fixed. The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) addresses this topic.
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students are not born that way. The most recent, extensive, and scientifically sound research finds that the primary factor in the development of homosexuality is environmental not genetic.1,2,3,4,5
As this controversy rages inside the church and out, what should our response be to articles and research of this nature?