Tuesday, April 13, 2010

American College of Pediatricians: There is no scientific evidence that anyone is born gay or transgendered.



Several blogs I read have highlighted a recent release from the American College of Pediatricians which asserts there is no scentific evidence anyone is born gay or trangendered. Here's the release:

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 5, 2010
Contact: Den Trumbull, MD, FCP, Vice President
Telephone: 888-376-1877
Website contact: www.FactsAboutYouth.com
Email contact: info@FactsAboutYouth.com

Physicians Caution Educators on Dealing with Sexual Orientation and Gender Confusion


The American College of Pediatricians cautions educators about the management of students experiencing same-sex attraction or exhibiting symptoms of gender confusion. These concerns are outlined in a letter and fact sheet sent by College president Thomas Benton, MD, to all 14, 800 school district superintendents in the U.S. Dr. Benton also alerts them to a new Web resource, FactsAboutYouth.com, which was created by a coalition of health professionals to provide factual information to educators, parents, and students about sexual development.

“As pediatricians, our primary interest is in the health and well-being of children and youth,” Dr. Den Trumbull, Vice President of the College explains. “We are increasingly concerned that in too many instances, misinformation or incorrect assumptions are guiding well-intentioned educators to adopt policies that are actually harmful to those youth dealing with sexual confusion.”

The College reminds school superintendents that it is not uncommon for adolescents to experience transient confusion about their sexual orientation and that most students will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. For this reason, schools should not seek to develop policy which “affirms” or encourages these non-heterosexual attractions among students who may merely be experimenting or experiencing temporary sexual confusion. Such premature labeling can lead some adolescents to engage in homosexual behaviors that carry serious physical and mental health risks.

There is no scientific evidence that anyone is born gay or transgendered. Therefore, the College further advises that schools should not teach or imply to students that homosexual attraction is innate, always life-long and unchangeable. Research has shown that therapy to restore heterosexual attraction can be effective for many people.

Optimal health and respect for all students can only be achieved within a school by first respecting the rights of students and parents to accurate information and to self-determination. It is the school’s legitimate role to provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students. It is not the school’s role to diagnose or attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not the school’s role to “affirm” a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.

The American College of Pediatricians is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. The College produces sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing.




6 comments:

Brother Titus said...

That's unbelievable! Don't they know how politically incorrect that is? How refreshing that is. Finally, somebody in the mainstream uses some God-given sense to figure out a cultural problem, whether they know it's, "God given," or not. But, now here come the "homophobe" slanders.

Jim said...

I've often wondered why genetic predispositions toward sin is any more threatening to an authentically Christian ethical system than is the Christian affirmation that we are all born in Original Sin -- i.e., that we are born both sinner (Ro 5.19) and inclined to sin (Ro 3.10-18).

The notion that homosexual behavior -- or any sin -- is a sin only if freely chosen would seem to be a throughly Pelagian affirmation, an affirmation that any self-respecting Augustinian would reject.

After all, that we are born with natures that naturally incline us to sin, does not mean that the sin we do is somehow excused.

Indeed, as I understand it, a major exegetical tradition holds that Ro 1.18-32 is Paul's description of the implications of original sin. If so, then Paul expressly teaches us in v. 26-27 that homosexal behavior results from original sin.

Why couldn't original sin, and the natural inclination to sin, be written in humanity's genetic code? Why wold that somehow threaten Christian ethics if the doctrine of Original Sin does not?

Swilliams said...

Good post and relevant to today.

I was trained as a "shrink" decades ago when the DSM of the APA still classed homosexuality as a disorder and it was so diagnosed and treated, and my so-inclined colleagues kept their "dysfunction" under wraps. My how times have changed.

At any rate this report should raise a firestorm.

But consider this, why is the homosexual agenda so strong and prevalent in the education system? Obama's administration includes the non-elected nor confirmed by Congress "safe school czar" - Kevin Jennings, who founded GLSEN and wrote the foreward for "Queering American Education" aimed at elementary school children. The Obama admin includes numerous other homosexual activists, including a man-turned-woman, in high level positions. And this administration is committed to ENDA, a vile attack on conscience rights and Christian employers.

Not unlike the Islamic Brotherhood, the radical homosexual agenda has done an excellent job of infiltrating all core social institutions: education, law, church, armed with their incrementalism and shielded by "tolerance."

This is how rapid social change occurs. Force the change on the outside via education, media and the law, and people will fall in place over time and will not even comprehend what happened before it is too late and the "change" becomes institutionalized into the culture. Does that look familiar in today's world? Consider network TV shows today and compare them to a few decades ago.

It takes truly courageous voices to speak out and tell the Truth and not be paralyzed by PC-ness. Bravo to the ACP.

And Jim - huh?

Michael Lockridge said...

Whatever predispositions people may have, for whatever reason, they remain responsible to God for the choices they make and the actions they take based on those choices.

Jim said...

Swilliams:

Christians seem to think they lose the argument that homosexual behavior is sin if homosexual behavior stems from a genetically created inclination.

But Augustinian Christianity (i.e., the Lutheran and Calvinist traditions) affirms, correctly in my opinion, that we are all sinners "by nature" (Eph 2.3).

However inclinations to sin resulted from the Fall (and are transmitted to offspring), the simple fact is that it leads us to sin, and we are responsible for that sin.

So whether homosexual inclinations are caused by genetic makeup or not is irrelevant to whether it is sinful behavior.

Brother Titus: The ACP is not a "mainstream" group, it is a splinter group founded by Christians. (I don't at all say that by way of indictment.)

Woody Woodward said...

I can tell you one thing about the culture in Moldova. Those outside the church as well as those inside the body of Christ, both agree on this, they don’t and won’t put up with any nonsense from those trying to bring the “gay” agenda to Moldova. The gay’s from outside the country tried to organize a “gay” parade last September 1st, (their independence day from Russia) and were met with such extreme treatment, let’s just say they decided to stay “in the closet.”