by Michael Avramovich
Saint Paul observed in his first letter to the Corinthian Christians that we are fools for Christ, and that to the world, the message of the Holy Gospel is foolishness. But now a new study by Professor Giacomo Ciocca and a number of other researchers, entitled “Psychoticism, Immature Defense Mechanisms and a Fearful Attachment Style are Associated with a Higher Homophobic Attitude,” published in the September 2015 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, conclusively shows that those who hold traditional and biblical views about marriage and homosexuality are “psychotic.” Psychosis is a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality, and is typically accompanied by delusions and hallucinations. For those interested in reading the study, it is available here.
The study was based upon a questionnaire of 551 university students in Italy, who were between 18-30 years of age. The researchers sought to control for age, gender, partnership status (single or in a relationship), sexual orientation, political orientation, and religion (Roman Catholic or agnostic were the only two religious categories). The study found that those who oppose homosexual “marriage” are more likely to exhibit symptoms of psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms, and far more likely to show symptoms of neurosis, such as hyper-religiosity, discomfort with close relationships, above-average levels of anger, aggression, hostility, hyper-masculinity, and depression. Wow, I must be quite a mess!
Now this study is not without its flaws. The study authors defined certain Christian views (such as those held by Christians, or non-Christians steeped in a traditional, Christian culture, such as in Italy, or even those with a worldview similar to a Christian worldview) as “homophobic.” In addition, those who held traditional, religious views were deemed to be psychotic. With those presuppositions, voilà, the researchers found that those who express traditional Christian views are clearly both homophobic and psychotic. Thus, anyone who believes that homosexuality is a sin, and/or that marriage should only be between one man and one woman, is a homophobe. Further, in the questionnaire, to avoid the label of homophobe, a respondent had to agree with the statement that political “organizations which promote gay rights are necessary.” Thus, we clearly see that circular logic is the best logic because it is circular.
The researchers claim that their study is the first and only one of its kind, and is final to this important issue. One of the researchers, Emmanuele A. Jannini, chair of Endocrinology and Medical Sexology at the Tor Vergata University of Rome, said in an interview, available here, that now “we have the final proof” that homophobia is a “disease.” Zachary Siegel recently described this study for his readers, available here, as follows:
These findings arrive at a time of great relevance and could provide us with a working gestalt of those who irrationally fear and are intolerant toward gay people. Consider the recent kerfuffle of Kim Davis and her ilk of cross-bearing presidential hopefuls. Given their intolerance and hostility toward gay people, is there a pathology behind their discrimination masquerading as religious freedom? Can one say, for instance, that Kim Davis . . . is operating on a diseased belief system?
Emphasis added. This past June, in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court opinion nationalizing homosexual “marriage,” he contended that opposition to homosexual behavior, and homosexual and lesbian “marriage,” could only be motivated by bigotry and animus. However, as was clear from the many amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court, and further based upon innumerable articles and books that make non-religious arguments in opposition to homosexual behavior and “marriage,” grounded in biology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and yes, even philosophy, concluded that homosexual behavior is aberrant. In a recent article describing the modern face of atheism facing Christians, evangelist John M. Njoroge wrote:
The trademark of this new and continuing brand of atheism is its vitriolic attack on religion. To its advocates, religious beliefs are not only false; they are also dangerous and must be expunged from all corners of society. The pundits of the new atheism are not content to nail discussion theses on the door of religion; they are also busy delivering eviction notices to the allegedly atavistic elements of an otherwise seamlessly progressive atheistic evolution of Homo sapiens.
So now be forewarned: if you dare to dissent from today’s societally-mandated requirement to affirm homosexual “marriage,” as I do, you are no longer merely an irrational bigot deserving of criminalization. Now, as a result of this dispositive new study from Italy, homosexualists and their allies can prove that we are mentally ill as well. Of course, we learned just how accurate psychiatric diagnoses can be from the Rosenhan experiments and the Soviet psychiatric hospitals. See you all in the asylum or at the “re-education through labor” camps, dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
*Originally posted at Touchstone‘s Mere Comments.