I always wonder how self-professed heterosexuals know why gays “suffer” from homosexuality. Take Imam Abdallah Adhami, a new senior adviser to NYC’s Park51 community center project (news peg!), who sells a DVD lecture online where he says “an enormously, overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life. Again, not necessarily in their childhood….A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom on some level as well.” Ya know who thanks you, Adhami? The Catholic Church, because they’ve really been getting beat up for being the most vocal anti-gay international book group, and now you can help Islam share some of the heat. Brava! In the meantime, I’m going to reflect on what made me gay. I think it might’ve been the “violent emotional abuse” I suffered when I wanted a Snickers bar at the pharmacy when I was six, and my mother told me No.
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