Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Lies from the American Family Assoication of Pennsylvania

The American Family Association of Pennsylvania is the Venango County-based affiliate of the American Family Association, a nationally recognized Hate Group headquartered in Tupelo, Miss.

While the lies that such groups use to demonize and dehumanize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been well documented, including in a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center titled "The Propagandists: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association, and the Demonization of LGBT People," it's also important to see and document how the delusional adherents of these hate groups persistently spread such mendacious and harmful propaganda at the local level.

Here in Venango County, for example, Diane Gramley (at right), mouthpiece for the AFA of PA, recently posted this blatant lie on its web site:

afaofpa says:
October 27, 2011 at 12:55 am

In 2003, the International Human Genome Consortium announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, which, among other things, identified each of the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA. The press release read: “The human genome is complete and the Human Genome Project is over.”

While this accomplishment was widely reported, almost no one reported the words of Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the project. Collins, arguably the nation’s most influential geneticist, said, “Homosexuality is not hardwired. There is no gay gene. We mapped the human genome. We now know there is no genetic cause for homosexuality.”

THE TRUTH has actually been documented by Grove City College professor, Warren Throckmorton:

What Did Francis Collins Really Say About Homosexuality?

In his book, "The Language of God: A scientist presents evidence for belief," Francis Collins has this to say about homosexuality on page 260:

An area of particularly strong public interest is the genetic basis of homosexuality. Evidence from twin studies does in fact support the conclusion that heritable factors play a role in male homosexuality. However, the likelihood that the identical twin of a homosexual male will also be gay is about 20% (compared with 2-4 percent of males in the general population), indicating that sexual orientation is genetically influenced but not hardwired by DNA, and that whatever genes are involved represent predispositions, not predeterminations.

On the web, there are a number of sources who have quoted the OneNewsNow report that Francis Collins said the following:

‘Homosexuality is not hardwired. There is no gay gene. We mapped the human genome. We now know there is no genetic cause for homosexuality.’”

The problem is – Dr. Collins did not say this. As I noted here, Dr. Collins confirmed to me that he did not make this statement. He did say this:

It troubles me greatly to learn that anything I have written would cause anguish for you or others who are seeking answers to the basis of homosexuality. The words quoted by NARTH all come from the Appendix to my book “The Language of God” (pp. 260-263), but have been juxtaposed in a way that suggests a somewhat different conclusion that I intended. I would urge anyone who is concerned about the meaning to refer back to the original text.

The evidence we have at present strongly supports the proposition that there are hereditary factors in male homosexuality — the observation that an identical twin of a male homosexual has approximately a 20% likelihood of also being gay points to this conclusion, since that is 10 times the population incidence. But the fact that the answer is not 100% also suggests that other factors besides DNA must be involved. That certainly doesn’t imply, however, that those other undefined factors are inherently alterable.

Your note indicated that your real interest is in the truth. And this is about all that we really know. No one has yet identified an actual gene that contributes to the hereditary component (the reports about a gene on the X chromosome from the 1990s have not held up), but it is likely that such genes will be found in the next few years.

Note this part of the quote: “That certainly doesn’t imply, however, that those other undefined factors are inherently alterable.” Sexual attractions may come from the operation of several factors, in different ways for different people. The nature of the cause however, does not directly lead to understanding of how alterable the attractions might be. Perhaps attractions develop with some mix of environment and pre-natal factors. However, once set, attractions for most people seem to be pretty durable.

How Long Will Venango County Be A Safe Harbor For and A Silent Partner in the American Family Association of Pennsylvania's Harmful Propaganda War Against LGBT People?


no more hatred said...

This woman is a hateful menace!

Gaysexisgood said...

It's like, okay, why not just tattoo it on their forehead. The bigger that anti gay bigot, the more likely they are in the closet.