I very much liked my comment added to another debunking of the “born this way” (homosexual) myth. All of it below was posted on the NomBlog this week and one of the homosexual activists on the NomBlog went ballistics as a result.

From a Stanton Jones article on the subject (Sexual Orientation and Reason -On the Implications of False Beliefs about Homosexuality*):

Discussion of a genetic contribution has shifted to yet a more sophisticated statistical estimate, that of “heritability.” Heritability is an estimation of how much of the variability of a particular phenomenon such as sexual orientation, out of a total of 100%, may be attributed to genetic influences versus environmental influences. The higher the heritability estimate, the greater the genetic contribution.
The Långström 37 study, for instance, produced heritability estimates of”.34-.39″ for male homosexuality for their subject populations.

But what does this estimate mean?

Among the many psychological traits showing this level of heritability are a dizzying array of social attitudes including inclinations towards right-wing authoritarianism, certain measures of inclination towards religiosity or religious fundamentalism, and church attendance. One study by a giant of behavioral genetics, Robert Plomin, even examined the heritability of that most mundane and ubiquitous of behaviors, television watching, 39 and found an average heritability estimate of .45 for the proclivity to watch television, marginally higher than the typical estimate for the heritability of homosexuality.

Now you know: if you are stupid enough to believe that people are born homosexuals, you are stupid enough to believe that people are biologically determined to be couch-potatoes! There’s nothing you can do – and the same goes for your own stupidity – because IQ is also one of the “traits” that are biologically determined. Alas, you are lost.



*Cite as Stanton L. Jones (January, 2012), “Sexual orientation and reason: On the implications of false beliefs about homosexuality,” digitally published at http://www.christianethics.org; an abbreviated version of this essay was published as “Same-sex science,” First Things, February, 2012, pp. 27-33.
**Stanton L. Jones,
Provost and Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College (IL)