posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 07:36 PM
Depending upon who is perpetuating the meme, the assertion is that anywhere from 450 to 1500 species exhibit homosexual behavior, but only one
(humans) exhibits homophobia. This is a bold claim - as bold as the title to this thread. (Full disclosure: At the moment I do not have a dog and I
have never had a peacock) The title of this thread is as absurdly non-scientific as the claim that x-amount of species within the animal kingdom have
homosexuality but only humans exhibit homophobic behavior.
In 1999 a Canadian biologist and linguist, Bruce Bagemihl, authored a book titled: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural
Diversity.[ In this book, Bagemihl cites more than 300 studies to support his contention that homosexuality in the animal kingdom is quite
common. To the best of my knowledge, none of the studies cited, nor Bagemihl's book go as far as to assert that only humans exhibit homophobia.
These assertions have been made by the self righteous knee jerker's who seemingly could care less about the accuracy of their remarks, only that they
sound good, or read well.
What studies have been done on homosexual whiptail lizards and their heterosexual peers? What studies have been done on the inferred homosexuality of
dragonflies and their heterosexual peers? How many studies have been done on the homosexual Guiana leaffish and their heterosexual peers? I can't
seem to find any, but I have no problem finding thousands of sites willing to cite the assertion that only humans exhibit homophobia.
If homosexuality is ever going to be accepted as a natural biological fact of life, it seems to me that all those gay whiptail lizards, dragonflies,
Guiana leaffish and people should understand that no one can eat their cake and have it too. If the gay community and their supporters want
credibility and equally want to be taken seriously for discrediting religious attitudes towards them, it is not at all in their best interest to take
scientific studies and turn them into just another religious doctrine.