Thursday, March 15, 2007
Evangelical Baptist seminarian says that in utero treatment to reverse homosexual orientation would comport with the Bible
Another uproar has surfaced today, over comments by Reev. Albert Mohler, Jr. of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, KY. He suggests that it would be acceptable according to Biblical principles to intervene medically in the womb and change sexual orientation before the baby is born to heterosexual.
The pastor was willing to concede, as in the play and film "Twilight of the Golds" that it might be possible to prove that homosexuality was genetic or biological. Such a possibility was explored in detail by Chandler Burr's 1996 book "A Separate Creation," published by Hyperion, a Disney company, a book whose publication caused a backlash against Disney at the time.
In recent times there has been more medical evidence that hormonal influences in utero might influence future sexual interest and drive and personality specialization. There is some evidence that males after the firstborn may sometimes be more likely to be gay, and that to some extent homosexuality appears much more in some families than in others. Other ideas may have to do with "brain wiring" and "pruning" that occurs in adolescence.
The article is here.
The visitor may need an AOL subscription or memnership to view the content. AOL, among news providers, tends to have a larger portion of socially controversial headline stories on its website. The AP article is by David Crary and is called "Furor over Baptist's 'Gay Baby' Article".