Orson Scott Card as done it again and written another masterwork in which he tries to evaluate the science of homosexuality! I hardly ever agree with him when he writes about science (although I must admit I’ve always been a closet fan of his science fiction) but as he writes about the unnaturalness of homosexuality it struck a resonate cord. Now, of course, I don’t really know as much about the science of homosexuality as OSC does, well human homosexuality anyway, but that is not my concern. Since I’m a biologist, I am concerned with another unnatural form of male homosexual behavior. I’m speaking of gay dolphins. Scientists have discovered that homosexuality is running rampant in dolphins. I find this outrageous. Now don’t get me wrong as OSC says:
After a lifetime spent in theater and the arts, of course, I am well-acquainted with many homosexuals; and because of who they are and who I am, I am close friends with several.
Some of my best friends are gay dolphins. And who can argue that they have not provided much to the entertainment industry, as OSC says? Sure I was a little surprised when Flipper came out of the closet. But, hey, these actors! What are you going to do with them?
Science does not say that gays have no choice whatsoever
I think this is true of gay dolphins as well. Certainly to say they have no choice would be an insult to their intelligence (which is equal to that of chimps). Of course, I don’t know that science really says much about free choice at all, preference maybe (as in taste-tests of various colas (can I say ‘colas’ on a Mormon blog—dang there goes my chance to get on NothingWavering.org again)). Of course, some people confuse science for ethics. Because they are so much alike. . . um . . . well, never mind. Even though he’s set up a strawman here with a statement about something which science has no ability to discuss so of course it hasn’t said anything, OSC did not set up a straw dolphin so we can believe him. Right?
Likely the causes of homosexuality are the same in dolphins and humans:
The study does not allow for the possibility that the physical appearance of the subjects might have played a role. If seduction, molestation or other sexual trauma contributes to homosexuality, and if those are influenced by the perceived attractiveness of the subject to a molester, seducer or rapist, then the greater physical resemblance between identical twins may account for some of the results.
Obviously tragic events in the young dolphins life are the real cause of this queer turn in their lives. Never mind that OSC is completely wrong about this in humans. In dolphins it’s the rule (Gay killer whales are also known and likely contribute to young dolphins’ poor sexual self perception, especially when they bully these dolphins in this young impressionable cetacean stage). Thus they ultimately end up hanging out at the gay sand bar waiting for their favorite food: pink salmon. (Yes, even dolphins play into these stereotypes.)
But there can be no serious question that homosexuality, to the degree that it cannot be overcome or outlasted, is a reproductive dysfunction. A human body that has evolved with functional organs of sexual reproduction is redirected to sexual activities that are reproductive dead ends.
Hello. True in Dolphins? Check. Check. And Double check. They are fighting Darwin in this reproductive dysfunction just as OSC argues. How are they going reproduce if they are pair bonding with another dolphin of the same sex? The species is in grave danger. It’s not enough that the tuna boats are catching our smooth skinned friends, we’ve got gay dolphins not doing their duty and reproducing. Holy cow, this is the sine qua non of biology: eat and reproduce. What are they thinking? Now I know some of you well versed in evolutionary biology are going to try and point out that it’s not individual survival that counts, but genes. And you are going to point out that a helping sibling that doesn’t breed can be a huge evolutionary advantage to a genetic line, and you’ll point out that in lots of animal species some forgo their reproductive opportunities for the betterment of their genes, like in bees (Wait. Are bees gay? I don’t know. Homosexuality in insects is not studied much, but all those female bees do do a lot of waggle dancing in those dark hives!), but that does not change that fact that dolphin gayness is just flat out unnatural.
And it’s spreading. Big horned sheep have homosexual male behavior now too. What’s with that? I mean those are like the stud muffins of the animal kingdom—Big burley chests, great horned heads that they the knock together in oh so manly of ways. (And not that gay dolphins aren’t manly, mind you. Some of my best friends are manly dolphins.)
And I could go on with species after species of unnatural homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom: Elephants, bears, raccoons, ostriches, penguins the list goes on and on. And it’s unnatural in all of these. The natural world seems chalk full of these unnatural behaviors. It’s got to stop.
Note: I wrote this in response to OSC particularly poisonous and hurtful blog on Mormon Times. He’s got almost everything wrong about the science and his ugly and harmful idea that all homosexual behavior has its roots in child abuse is particularly reckless and dangerous. I believe unquestioningly that those who have feelings for members of the same sex, have those feelings rooted in the identical biology that attracts me to the opposite sex. Scientific studies currently support this and findings continue to accumulate. Even at BYU, the policy specifically states that having homosexual feelings is not against its strict honor code (which covers such moral issues).
From the Church’s newsroom: ‘The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women. Protecting marriage between a man and a woman does not affect Church members’ Christian obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people.”
This is not the time for OSC to offer rants on his uninformed theories of why people are homosexual and whine about how he thinks science says that what they genuinely experience is as fake as Global Warming (yes, OSC is a Global Warming denier, isn’t there suppose to be some science in Science Fiction?)
Might I suggest that in this time when feelings are running so hot on political issues orbiting gay themes that, rather than writing rants, we especially reach out in meaningful and Christ-like ways to the Faithful Mormon gay community?