Friday, June 03, 2005

Friday. Kickass. Now if I can just get my tree guy to come and take that tree off my roof.

The Wilsons have set sail for New Orleans again, this time for a wedding, so Crack practice has been delayed yet again. I'm afraid that with these long delays between Crack practices that our band might lose its highly polished, extremely tight playing style.

Sean Slack, John Saba, and those other two dudes will be playing with San Saba County tonight at Freddie's on South 1st at 6:00. I imagine they'll be playing on the stage outside, so I hope it doesn't rain. I know I've said this before, but I swear that I'm going to make it out to see them tonight. Their music just makes me want to drink cheap beer and grin like an idiot at pretty girls. Anyway, they're fun and Freddie's is a pretty decent place, so everyone come out and see them.

And I don't really have a rant to go along with this, and it's not the kind of article Steanso normally links to, but nonetheless:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/03/science/03cell.html?oref=login
Apparently scientists have linked sexual orientation to a specific gene in fruit flies. The implications of this are that human sexual orientation may also be linked to genetic formation, although it's too early to say from just this single study. The broader implications are that homosexuality may, at some point, be shown to be a predetermined genetic predilection rather than a simple choice, as some have contended. I'm certainly no expert in the area, but from conversations that I've had with a few of my friends who are gay, this study seems to be in keeping with their own feelings about their sexual orientation (I don't think I know any gay people who would say that they just chose to be gay). Will this make homosexuality less of a sin in the eyes of conservatives? I doubt it, since the homophobia of conservatives seems to be at the heart of their branding homosexuality as a sin in the first place (i.e., the fear that conservatives have of homosexuality won't go away just because the cause of homosexuality is shown to have changed- I can see conservatives arguing that homosexuality is a genetic flaw which creates impulses that are sinful and should be resisted- an argument which seems ridiculous in the homosexuality context, but perhaps not as ridiculous in the case of, perhaps, pedophilia, which may also one day be shown to have a genetic component that alters sexual orientation).
At any rate, sexual orientation, be it gay or straight, is beginning to look more and more like something which arises in the course of nature, and not as a simple choice. Which raises the theological/cosmological question- if God disapproves of homosexuals, then why did he make people that way?
I find the whole issue, the combination of genetics, biology, sexual identity, and ethics to be pretty interesting, and on a personal level, I think society needs to come to a better understanding of this issue so it can sort out its laws on things like gay marriage and/or adoption. Of course, an easier option would be just to let people be people, and let them marry and raise children however they want (as long as it's not hurting anyone), but until there is more of a consensus on this issue, I'm not sure that's going to happen.

OK, Christian is here and he needs my 'puter to play Ninja Turtles. I must defer to his authority.

8 comments:

Sigmund Bloom said...

god gave them gay urges to test them. if they stay gay, they failed the test - i think thats what the hardline christians think about it.

Steanso said...

It's the same reason that God tempts me with cheeseburgers- a test which I fail horribly and often.

Anonymous said...

is there a predetermined gene for fecalphilia? perhaps they should test the shit of fruit flies? come on guys, next topic...

lee said...

hey fecalphilia, it's way too close to the weekend to be dropping 'tude on the blog, my anonymous brother. drink a 'rita. relax.

Steanso said...

Well, if you truly want to play with your own shit, there's gotta be some explanation for it. Or are you one of those "science is for suckers" fundamentalists? Either way, anonymous comment postings reek of cowardice....

The League said...

When did homophobic 13 year olds start posting in your comments?

CrackBass said...

does anyone really believe the fecalphilia comment was posted by a 13 year old, and not our sexually deviant wee friend?

The League said...

Are you talking about Reed and his unicorn costume?