• Sociology Professor Blows Up a Myth: There Is No ‘Gay Gene’

    Surge Summary: An esteemed Research Professor of sociology (and Catholic Priest) has written an article debunking the popular conception that people are homosexual because of inherited biological influences.  He shows why a recent study disproves this widespread myth.

    by The Ruth Institute

    Writing in Public Discourse, the Journal of the Witherspoon Institute, Fr. Paul Sullins, a Senior Research Associate with the Ruth Institute, analyzed a new study which conclusively refutes the notion that some people are born homosexual. (“Born That Way” No More: The New Science of Sexual Orientation, September 30, 2019.)

    Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. commented: “In this article, Fr. Sullins continues his important work debunking the myths of the Sexual Revolution. Previous highlights include the myth of ‘no difference” between children of same sex parents and mother-father couples and the myth that clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church has nothing to do with homosexuality in the Catholic priesthood. Now Fr. Sullins is among the few who are willing to draw out the conclusions from this latest study: homosexuality cannot be genetically innate . There is no gay gene. ”

    The study was released last month by a team of scientists at MIT and Harvard. Fr. Sullins writes that they found “that the effect of the genes we inherit from our parents (known as ‘heritability’) on same-sex orientation was very weak.” But “a person’s developmental environment which includes diet, family, friends, neighborhood, religion and a host of other life conditions – is twice as influential on the probability of developing same-sex behavior or orientation as a person’s genes are.”

    As Fr. Sullins reports, the study notes, “ There is certainly no single genetic determinant (sometimes referred to as the gay gene in the media) ’ that causes same-sex sexual behavior.”

    Morse adds: “The study, whose conclusions Fr. Sullins describes incisively and with clarity, will have a huge impact in a number of areas, including anti-discrimination cases, and bans on behavior modification therapy.”

    More on “Born That Way” No More: The New Science of Sexual Orientation https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/09/57342/

    And https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3464342

    Fr. Sullins, who was an Episcopalian priest, is now a married Catholic priest, who earned a Ph.D. from Catholic University in 1997.

    Besides his work for the Ruth Institute, the Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., is a Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Leo Initiative for Catholic Social Research at the Catholic University of America. He has written four books and over 150 journal articles, book chapters and research reports on issues of faith and culture, including “Is Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse related to Homosexual Priests,” in the National Catholic Bioethics quarterly, Winter 2019.

    The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

    Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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