You may have noticed the controversy sparked a few days ago by Ben Carson’s comments on CNN. He said that being gay is “absolutely a choice” and to prove his point he cited prison sex.
It was a bad argument, and a bad showing for Carson, primarily because he rapidly backtracked and quickly pointed out how he’s a proponent of gay civil unions and giving states the power to legalize gay marriage.
It’s unfortunate that he didn’t stick to his guns, because although he gave a really bad example to make his case, he was right in the sense that our sexual orientation isn’t immutably ingrained in us from birth, and we do have a choice. That’s not to say that we have a choice about what urges and desires we feel — those can arise in spite of ourselves — but we CAN choose how we act, what we do, and what sort of lifestyle we live.
In that sense, “being gay” or “being straight” IS a choice. It’s a choice because “to be” something means more than “to feel” something. To be it is to act it out, to live it. There are plenty of men who experience same sex attraction but who choose to marry women and have families. Who are we to label them “gay”?
This issue extends far beyond sex. Progressives believe fundamentally that we are slaves to our desires — sexual or otherwise — and we cannot, and must not try to, rise above them. They believe we are defined by what we feel, not by what we do. This is the essence of their ideology, and it should be opposed at every turn.
It should especially be opposed here because, while they say our sexual orientation is set in concrete from birth, they tell us our gender can be changed an infinite number of times. And why can it be changed? Because if we feel like a different gender, then that’s what we are. To them, our feelings rule everything. Feelings are everything. Feelings can literally alter physical realities.
It’s a delusional philosophy, and one that I can’t help but criticize when given the opportunity: