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Catholic Bishops Contradict Science Again

AP reports that the Catholic Church has again gotten things wrong with regard to gays and marriage:

BALTIMORE – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have affirmed that the church defines marriage between one man and one woman, and sex is meant for procreation.

The pastoral letter was issued Tuesday in Baltimore by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

To be fair, “marriage,” in its strictest sense, is a political institution, and we can define it any way we choose.  However, if we’re going to attempt to enter into the realm of fact, we’re going to have to look at marriage for what it represents, namely, the long term pair bonding between two or more people.  In this context, the Church is simply wrong.

To begin with, sex is most certainly not just for procreation.  Throughout human history, and across all known cultures, there have always been significant sexual practices that have been specifically social, and definitively not reproductive in nature.   This is beyond historical or anthropological dispute.  In fact, it’s very much like the supposed “debate” between evolution and creationism.  The fact is there is no debate, either regarding evolution or human sexuality.  There are only the informed and the ignorant.

Secondly, homosexuality in the animal kingdom is not the exception.  It is the rule.  That is, it’s actually relatively difficult to find species which do not have some elements of homosexuality in their sexual behaviors.  Homosexuality exists in most primates, including humans, in predictable, consistent percentages of the population.  Both lesbian and gay pair bonding is common.

I have on my desk at this moment a book called “Biological Exuberance” by Bruce Bagemihl, Ph.D.  It is 742 pages of meticulous documentation of non-heterosexual behavior in the animal kingdom.  Within these pages are scientific documentation of virtually every sexual practice you can think of.  In fact, it has become quite clear to me that the only corner of the sexual market monopolized by humans is the artistic depiction of sex.  Even the use of toys or mechanical sex aids is not unique to humans.

While we’re on the subject of the rest of the animal kingdom, we should note that primates, including humans, are just one of the gang when it comes to non-reproductive sex.  From birds to octopuses to prairie dogs, social animals everywhere engage in sex for social reasons, as well as strictly for pleasure.  Masturbation, mutual masturbation, anal sex, orgies, voyeurism, exhibitionism — all of these practices exist outside of humanity.

No, Catholic Church.  Marriage is not just between a man and a woman.  No, sex is not just for reproduction.  You are wrong.  The evidence is there if you’d like to look.  It’s as clear as the nose on your face.  You are wrong.  End of story.

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