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Isn’t the prevalence of homosexuality in the animal world proof that it’s normal?

Let me begin by challenging the use of the word “prevalence.” Homosexual behavior can be found among animals, but to suggest it is so common and widespread to be “prevalent” is quite a stretch.

Let’s examine this question from a few different angles. First, are we to presume that just because something exists it must be “normal”? Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy — they all exist as part of the consequences of a fallen world. But we call them birth defects, not birth normalities, precisely because they represent devations from the norm. And what is that norm? The human being functioning according to God’s design.

Second, let’s consider the reasons for this behavior in animals: Animal homosexuality is observed most frequently in those that have yet to reach a mature state, and it’s manifest as playful, immature antics. But homosexual behavior can also be seen by animals attempting to prove their dominance. When one male mounts his male counterpart, it is an act of hierarchical aggression, not an expression of sexual lust or even sexual interest. For proof of this, just present a female in heat. The same-sex behavior is abandoned — quickly.

And lastly, this whole line of argument should be insulting to any human being. We are not animals. We are endowed with superior minds by the Creator of the universe, who (even more importantly) came to die for us, giving us inestimable value. To compare humans in any way to dogs or cats or cheetahs or zebras or orangutans or platypuses trivializes God’s design. So the next time you’re faced with this argument, you might think of resounding with, “I bet you’re glad your mom doesn’t believe the same way you do. In the animal world, some mothers eat their young.”

101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality (2004) Harvest House: Eugene, Oregon

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