Saturday, April 25, 2009

Scans see 'gay brain differences'

BBC NEWS | Health | Scans see 'gay brain differences'

This article in the BBC came out in June. It is an article that details research showing that there are differences in the brains of gay people and heterosexuals. I did not blog about this earlier partly because I am heterosexual and I do not want to appear confrontational to my Christian friends. But the recent hostile take-over of AWARE (a secular feminist organisation in Singapore), by a group of homophobic Christians has prompted me to highlight this article.

Dr Qazi Rahman, a lecturer in cognitive biology at Queen Mary, University of London, said that he believed that these brain differences were laid down early in foetal development.

"As far as I'm concerned there is no argument any more - if you are gay, you are born gay," he said.

I feel that if people were born with their sexual orientation, they should not be discriminated against. If gays and lesbians treat their partners well, then they probably make better couples than heterosexual couples in which one or both partners are philanderers. Sexual orientation is NOT an issue. Basic human decency is the main issue.

I am sure that some Christians, in their belief that their bible is completely infallible will contest this somehow. Just like when they contested that the earth revolves around the sun during the time of Galileo. And just like some Christians who believe that the earth is 6000 years old and disagree with evolution.

I have to speak up and speak out, when fundamentalist Christians take public action over beliefs that run counter to scientific thought. For if we are going to throw away science for writings that were done way before advent of scientific research, then we are turning back the clock to the dark ages.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You idiot the only one turning back the clock on scientific thought is you by merely posting one single remark by one single researcher who "believes" that the brain of homosexuals are are structured in the womb.

Countless other researchers have debunked that premise. Furthermore Brain and MRI research has concluded that the brain literally changes in form and structure as one adopts certain types of behavior including but not limited to homosexuality. thus the term "neuro-plasticity" . Human behavior has a lot to do with such change. As Dr LeVay study concluded -- repetition of homosexual acts changes the brain. Once again as the old phrase tells us , "as a man thinketh so is he" . Biology has nothing to do with homosexuality.Behavior does.