In last’s issue column, I questioned statistical evidence of “scientists” on issues where facts simply can’t support their conclusions—specifically, that gay parents produce more gay offspring than do straight ones.
I had my own idea why gay parents might seem to have more gay kids, but decided not to toss out yet another unsubstantiated theory.
However, the recent hateful rants of Arkansas elected school board member Clint McCance are such a perfect illustration for my own theory that I offer it now.
In a response to a Facebook initiative to wear lavender to show support for gay youth in the wake of several suicides of bullied gay teens, McCance posted this spew of hatred and bad grammar: “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im [sic] wearin [sic] it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant [sic] believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves [sic] because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”
Answering a respondent’s questions, McCance elaborated “I would disown my kids [if] they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian [sic] beliefs. See it infects everyone.”
McCance doesn’t say if he is a parent, or anticipates future progeny. It is, however, fodder for my own rather obvious theory: If a gay youngster is raised in a home where he or she fears being abused or disowned for expressing homosexual feelings, he or she will remain silent, with parents unaware of the truth.
By contrast, children who grow up with gay parents, who are cherished for themselves, and who have their feelings heard and respected well may speak up about sexual concerns, secure in their parents’ and family’s love and acceptance—hence giving the impression that gay families produce more gay children.
In further rantings, wishing death for all gay children and adults, McCance added, “I like that fags cant [sic] procreate.”
Aside from the obvious—that nowadays, they can and do—this sentence overlooks that God, Spirit, Intelligent Design, or just Nature has been using heterosexual couples to create homosexuals since the beginning of humankind.
We’re put here for some purpose, and I do not believe it is to suffer at the hands of the Clint McCances.