- Feb 14, 2008
The etiology of anomalous sexual preferences in men.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Jun;989:105-17; discussion 144-53.
People discover rather than choose their sexual interests. The process of discovery typically begins before the onset of puberty and is associated with an increase in the secretion of sex hormones from the adrenal glands. However, the determinants of the direction of sexual interest, in the sense of preferences for the same or opposite sex, are earlier. These preferences, although not manifest until much later in development, appear to be caused by the neural organizational effects of intrauterine hormonal events. Variations in these hormonal events likely have several causes and two of these appear to have been identified for males. One cause is genetic and the other involves the sensitization of the maternal immune system to some aspect of the male fetus. It is presently unclear how these two causes relate to each other. The most important question for future research is whether preferences for particular-aged partners and parts of the male courtship sequence share causes similar to those of erotic gender orientation.
The church is the biggest group of hypocrites ever. I've said before, I don't mind those who have faith something exists, but adhering to the doctrine of what someone tells you to in a religion just doesn't make any sense to a critical thinker. How many priests have abused their position and molested young boys? So many things that the church does blatantly contradicts their doctrine. Lets look at what the church says about rape.
Deuteronomy 22:23-24, 28-29 NLT
If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.
If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
It's just funny, these kinds of verses almost get (pardon the pun) tucked in the closet when discussing religion.
My thoughts, who gives a shit what they call it? Don't these people have better things to do with their time than retroactively ban gay marriages, like, I dunno, control the government spending and end bullshit wars?
this point here is moot. someone made the very same kind of post about the koran in another thread and it was either you or tech that immediately jumped to the koran's defense saying the verse was taken out of context. guess what you're doing here? yes i agree it's a stupid verse, but no preacher preaches this, so really what's the point?
either way i do agree that the church can be hypocritical in how it approaches many things. but not here. they aren't preaching hate. they are morally opposed to gay marriage and are doing what the constitution affords them in voicing their opinion.
and again, we do have a lot more on our plate and this doesn't deserve the attention it's been getting. i think my approach to it is as fair as you'll find, give them all their rights and allow them to be a union under law, but don't call it marriage. both sides win imo.