Sunday, December 31, 2006

Science told: hands off gay sheep

Experiments that claim to cure homosexual rams spark anger

SCIENTISTS are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of gay sheep in a program that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans. The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of homosexual rams so that they are more inclined to mate with ewes.

It raises the prospect that pregnant women could one day be offered a treatment to reduce or eliminate the chance that their offspring will be homosexual. Experts say that, in theory, the straightening procedure on humans could be as simple as a hormone supplement for mothers-to-be, worn on the skin like an anti-smoking nicotine patch.

The research, at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis and at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, has caused an outcry. Martina Navratilova, the lesbian tennis player who won Wimbledon nine times, and scientists and gay rights campaigners in Britain have called for the project to be abandoned.

Navratilova defended the right of sheep to be gay. She said: How can it be that in the year 2006 a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments? She said gay men and lesbians would be deeply offended by the social implications of the tests.

Imagine a potential "cure", we can fix the problem and the response is "we don't want it, there's nothing wrong with us". I warned years ago on my radio program one of the problems with leading people to believe that homosexuals are "born that way" it opens the door to a genetic solution, they didn't think things through. Imagine the alcoholic saying I don't want a cure or the cancer patient saying there's nothing wrong with me. How silly indeed!

See what Wesley J. Smith has to say about this story on his Blog, below.

Making "Gay" Sheep "Straight:" The Coming Political Wars Over Genetic Engineering


At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PETA’s big lie:

Just so you know. The false suggestion that the research is aimed at curing homosexuality was made by PETA. Yes, the animal rights group.

Of course PETA has their own motives for receiving press on this story. In fact, PETA heavily edited quotes by the researchers and even fabricated information to generate press coverage. Many weeks ago, a writer in the states looked into PETA false claims. Here’s what he found:

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's coming! They can't hide. They can take their pick, there is something wrong with them that science can fix, or, it is only a personal choice, which means they are free game for verbal assault. This is going to be fun to watch!

Jim in PA

At 12:02 AM, Blogger scrotum2 said...

Cure for homosexual rams... "I want ewe to want me.."

At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OSU and OHSU’s Big Embarrassment

Thank you for covering this important issue. Jim Newman―the PR rep for Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)―disregards criticism of the unscientific and unethical gay sheep experiments because of nothing more substantial than the fact that it was PETA who brought it to light. PETA sent a detailed seven-page letter to OHSU's counterpart, Oregon State University, with critiques authored by scientific experts and a prominent sexuality research society. Both universities have failed to address the key points that were raised in the letter.

OSU and OHSU certainly wish that PETA had never spoken out so that the experimenters could quietly continue their “research,” which embodies the needless slaughter of animals, an affront to human dignity, and a colossal waste of precious taxpayer funds.

To read PETA’s letter to OSU in its entirety, you can visit:


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