Posted BY: Selwyn Duke
Question: Is the following a good summation of the argument used, starting decades ago, to normalize homosexuality?
“Many researchers [are] taking a different view of homosexuality,” a newspaper wrote late last century. “Homosexuality once was thought to stem from psychological influences early in life. Now, many experts view it as a deep-rooted predisposition that does not change.” These “experts view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality…,” the periodical later added.
You may recognize this as the “born that way” argument, the idea that if something is innate, questioning it smacks of bigotry.
But I have a confession to make: I told a little fib (for effect). The above quotation is not from decades ago but from the Los Angeles Times on January 14, 2013 — and the subject wasn’t “homosexuality.” I’d inserted that term in place of another: pedophilia.