Monday, September 20, 2010

Some Facts about Homosexuality

There was an excellent article in First Things on the firing of Prof. Kenneth Howell from the University of Illinois. Of course, this issue is about the lack of freedom in the public university, the so-called bastion of free intellectual pursuit.

The issue is essentially about how to understand the relationship between the search for the truth and the things that cannot be doubted. In this a true Catholic University is ahead of its secular counterparts precisely because it is upfront about its orthodoxies, and allows the investigation of them for sake of greater clarification. The problem with the secular school is that it does not know how to express its orthodoxies coherently, how to think about them clearly, how to feel comfortable with their scrutiny. I will never accept that Christ was only God or only man, but I will enjoy studying Arius', or even Hans Kung's, negations of His divinity. Yet because the secular school clings to vague ideals (since, paradoxically, it clings to postmodernism and rejects an objective worldview) it cannot identify the boundaries of its own beliefs, and so it protects them with paranoia, not with reason.

The academy has been especially guilty of this with respect to the issue of homosexuality. The above mentioned article by Meghan Duke prompted me to go back to an article in Catholic Insight that profoundly struck me. "'Gay marriage' and Homosexuality: Some Medical Comments," by John Shea, MD, et alia, appeared in the June, 2005 issue of CI and can still be found online here. From that article I isolated the following assertions:  

  • More than 75% of homosexual men admitted to having sex with more than 100 different males in their lifetime: approximately 15% claimed to have had 100-249 sex partners, 17% claimed 250-499, 15% claimed 500-999 and 28% claimed more than 1,000 lifetime sexual partners.
  • The homosexual lifestyle is associated with a shortened life expectancy of up to 20 years.
  • The number of homosexuals in essentially all surveys is less than 3%. (Statistics Canada found only 1% of the population who described themselves as homosexual.)
  • However, the percentage of homosexuals among pedophiles is 25%... Therefore, the prevalence of pedophilia among homosexuals is about 10-25 times higher than one would expect if the proportion of pedophiles were evenly distributed within the (hetero- and homosexual) populations.
  • The average length of a 'committed' homosexual partnership was only 1.5 years.
  • Violence among homosexual partnerships is two to three times as common as in heterosexual relationships. 
 All of these stats totally blow me away, but I guess what surprises me most of all is that in this age of health consciousness, where smoking is the only objective evil that most people recognize because of its deliterious health effects the fact that homosexuality is so unhealthy concerns no one?! That strikes me as the worst form of homophobia!

In the end, when all is said and done, in light of all of the above considerations, does the University of Illinois not see any basis on which to consider the 'soundness' of the homosexual lifestyle a question worthy of the academy's consideration?


  1. narth has never been noted as a credible scientific organization nor is it to day. what narth does is to use the numbers of the sexually addicted who go to health clinics and then compare those numbers with those of their conservative congregations.

  2. First, what is narth?

    Second, although it would be convenient for you if it actually were the case - the above statistics are not derived from a single source or study. They have been drawn from many different studies. I'm not suggesting that the data requires no contextualization, but you've got to admit, these are pretty weighty observations. You wouldn't dismiss the harmful effects of cigarette smoking with reference to "conservation congregations," would you?

  3. The birth control pill is classed by the WHO as a class 1 carcinogen - the same as cigarettes. Do we hear about that? Crazy messed-up world.