Monday March 22, 2010
Questions submitted to Dr. Warren Throckmorton by LifeSiteNews.com
1. How have your views of human sexuality changed in the last few years?
2. In a previous article for LifeSiteNews.com, you defended the idea that homosexual orientation is caused by environmental factors. Have you abandoned that idea?
3. In a recent article you defended the thesis that sexual orientation is biologically determined in the womb, by hormonal deficiencies. Do you now believe that homosexual orientation is immutable? [Note: Throckmorton’s original statements only suggested that hormonal and other biological factors may influence homosexual orientation, and was therefore amended in a subsequent email.]
4. You now say that you think the equal protection clause gives homosexual couples the right to “civil union” status. Can you clarify this position?
5. What is your opinion of sexual reorientation therapy now, and how has it changed?
You affirmed in your previous statement to LifeSiteNews (see below) that homosexuals can live “normal, healthy lives.”
6. Do you believe that sex acts between two men or two women are “normal and healthy”?
7. Do you believe that anal sex is normal and healthy?
8. Do you believe that oral sex is normal and healthy?
9. Do you believe that “sexual identity” is something that can be determined by the individual, or is it an objective fact about his nature? Can a person adopt a “sexual identity” that is in conflict with his actual sex, and still be said to be rational and healthy?
10. Do you believe that moral principles in general are subjective, or are known only by one’s faith, or rather that they are based on human nature, and therefore objectively knowable by man? If the latter is the case, why do you claim that the therapist is imposing his particular religion when he makes value judgments about human sexuality?
11. Do you believe that the Biblical prohibition against homosexual behavior is based on a mere decree of God, knowable only by faith, or that it is based on an objective harm, including a psychological and/or physical harm, that homosexual practices can cause?
12. Do you claim that the therapist cannot make value judgments in general about the actions of his client, or do you confine this neutrality only to sexual behavior? If the former is true, do you follow this position consistently, treating physical aggression against others in a value neutral way, criminal activity, etc, in your practice? If the latter is true, on what basis do you confine this moral neutrality to sexual behavior alone? If confined to sexual behavior alone, does it only apply to homosexual behavior, or does it also apply to bestiality and necrophilia for example?
13. Would you, for example, tell a client involved in bestiality that if his religion or worldview or value system permits bestiality or even condones it, that he can simply adjust his “sexual identity” to match his behavior? If not, why not, given the standard you have set for homosexual behavior?
14. Do you acknowledge that any political elements entered into the change of position of the APAs regarding homosexual sexual conduct and orientation?
15. Do you describe yourself as a heterosexual, a homosexual, or a bisexual? Regardless of the category you attribute to yourself, do you experience same-sex attractions to a significant degree?