Monday, March 27, 2006

Addenda

Following up on a couple of past items:

1. Jim Burroway, author of the Box Turtle Bulletin, has recently completed an in-depth, footnote-for-footnote analysis of Paul Cameron's main propaganda piece. It's not necessarily for the weak of stomach (Cameron paints a deliberately lurid and disgusting picture of gay life), but Jim's carefully and thoroughly researched rebuttal is a must-read for anyone who wants to be fully informed on this issue.

Read all about it here.

How telling is it that a man as thoroughly divorced from the truth as Paul Cameron continues to be quoted so frequently by those who claim to speak for the church?

2. For those interested in the topic of intersexed individuals, I found this helpful article at Answers.com. The issue goes far beyond hermaphrodites.

Of particular interest is the phenomenon known as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), which causes individuals possessing male (XY) chromosomes to develop as females. Although infertile, many of these individuals are externally indistinguishable from genetic (XX) females. According to popular rumor, actress Jamie Lee Curtis falls into this category (though to my knowledge this is unconfirmed).

Did God intend for these people to be male? If not, why not, when they have a Y chromosome? If so, how do we as the church treat these individuals? Assuming a person with AIS is attracted to men, can we call this heterosexuality when she herself is genetically male? These aren't just theoretical questions.

3 comments:

Liadan said...

>>How telling is it that a man as thoroughly divorced from the truth as Paul Cameron continues to be quoted so frequently by those who claim to speak for the church?<<

Well, he confirms their sense of the "truthiness" of the matter. Whether it's objectively FACTUAL, I've found, is quite often beside the point.

E said...

Truthiness - I just heard that word for the first time recently (at exgaywatch, maybe?). I like it...

Jim Burroway said...

"Truthiness" was invented by Steve Colbert -- on his very first broadcast it think -- on Comedy Central.