A new study in the United Kingdom has revealed that homosexuals are about 50% more likely to suffer from depression and engage in substance abuse than the rest of the population, reports Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com.
After analyzing 25 earlier studies on sexual orientation and mental health, researchers, in a study published in the medical journal BMC Psychiatry, also found that the risk of suicide jumped over 200% if an individual had engaged in a homosexual lifestyle.
These findings strongly support the results of similar studies conducted in the United States, which have unveiled the severe physical and psychological health risks associated with homosexual behavior. Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron of the Family Research Institute revealed in 2007 that research shows that the lifespan of a homosexual is on average 24 years shorter than that of a heterosexual. As a health threat, even smoking pales in comparison, as studies show smoking can shorten one’s life by only 1 to 7 years on average.
While the Health 24 article suggested that homosexuals may be pushed to substance abuse and suicide because of anti-homosexual cultural and family pressures, empirical tests have shown that there is no difference in homosexual health risk depending on the level of tolerance in a particular environment. Homosexuals in the United States and Denmark – the latter of which is acknowledged to be highly tolerant of homosexuality – both die on average in their early 50’s, or in their 40’s if AIDS is the cause of death. The average age for all residents in either country ranges from the mid-to-upper-70s.
Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist and member of the Catholic Medical Association, says there is evidence that homosexuality is itself a manifestation of a psychological disorder accompanied by a host of mental health problems, including “major depression, suicidal ideation and attempts, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, conduct disorder, low self-esteem in males and sexual promiscuity with an inability to maintain committed relationships.”
Fitzgibbons said the American Psychological Association, which is known for its support of homosexual “marriage,” ignored the evidence he presented that homosexuality presents significant danger to psychological health.
Report from Christian Telegraph
You also could have mentioned that Paul and Kirk Cameron (father/son) own “Family Research Institute” and that the organisation is widely debunked by the scientific society. Name nonwithstanding, FRI only “research” is to “prove” that homosexuality is bad, harmful and generally against the american way….
Actually, he is probably the most productive homophobe in the world in fantisizing up new “data”, just make a small check on the net…
Its actually quite interresting to look at Paul (and his sons) “research” Its one thing to make errors, but cameron willfully uses bad data, selects between incomparable groups, uses small selections aso….
(and never corrects it)
Nevermind Pauls faked and manipulated data/admiring of nazi methods and soundbites, this quote from him I have NEVER seen anybody who claims he is an authority use….
(it might also give a clue to why he hates gays and willfully lies about them!)
(from interview of Paul Cameron in “Rolling Stones” magazine, May 1999)
““Untrammeled homosexuality can take over and destroy a social system,” says Cameron. “If you isolate sexuality as something solely for one’s own personal amusement, and all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get- and that is what homosexuality seems to be-then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist. The evidence is that men do a better job on men and women on women, if all you are looking for is orgasm.” So powerful is the allure of gays, Cameron believes, that if society approves that gay people, more and more heterosexuals will be inexorably drawn into homosexuality. “I’m convinced that lesbians are particularly good seducers,” says Cameron. “People in homosexuality are incredibly evangelical,” he adds. “It’s pure sexuality. It’s almost like pure heroin. It’s such a rush. They are committed in almost a religious way. And they’ll take enormous risks, do anything.” He says that for married men and women, gay sex would be irresistible. “Martial sex tends toward the boring end,” he points out. “Generally, it doesn’t deliver the kind of sheer sexual pleasure that homosexual sex does”
Does this sound correct to You?
(homosexual sex BETTER for hetros?)
Well, he claims evidence says so….
(no homosexuals claims so, he does!)
Defenders of Cameron, do You agree on him above? (or does he sound like a Kook even to You?)
Well the paragraph in the article which states that “empirical tests have shown that there is no difference in homosexual health risk depending on the level of tolerance in a particular environment,” really perturbs me. Really? I particularly would love to see sources for the data in this article because that statement is absolutely absurd in every way. If that statement were true, we could logically conclude that the Nazi’s in World War II were not influenced at all by the country’s financial crisis and the empty promises and homicidal propaganda of Adolf Hitler. Because surely the peoples of Germany and their ancestors had created a cultural norm to commit genocide on an almost global scale and attempt to take over the world. Hitler simply had nothing to do with it.
Also, just because supposedly in Denmark homosexuality is more “tolerated” does not mean that it is traditionally accepted or a cultural norm. Homosexuals are still viewed as outcasts and looked down upon. Look at the wording in the article itself and I believe you can see my point, and it may even confirm it. Tolerated? Think about the word “tolerate” and tell me what comes to mind. If someone told you they “tolerated” you, thats not a very positive thing to hear is it? You’re being “tolerated” but not accepted and there are two very fundamental differences between those words.
The article also failed to mention important facts especially when discussing the average life span of a homosexual. The occurrence of HIV and AIDS is generally higher in the homosexual community, especially among homosexual males, due to the nature of the sex they are having NOT because they are homosexuals.
And lastly the American Psychological Association did not “ignore” the “evidence” he presented. It was not accepted because his findings were not legitimate. The models he used were not appropriate the type of studies he was conducting. There are many outliers which significantly affected his results which he did not account for. Based on that the American Psychological has very strict guidelines they follow when it comes to legitimizing findings. There are several review process by many of their peers and based on that they COULD NOT accept his findings because he did follow the correct guidelines and used that to manipulate his data.
I thank Michael for his comments above,
I don’t think there is any real need to refute his argument above as most Evangelical Christians know their Bible well enough to know the answers to it. I think Romans 1 describes what is going on with homosexuality well enough also.
I should probably also mention that I didn’t write the above article – just to be clear.
As a homosexual male and student of political science, i think i have a lot of insight into this issue.
Your first mistake is referring to homosexuality as a “lifestyle.” This implies choice, that homosexuality is an action that people choose, but this is completely incorrect. Homosexuality is a sexual orientation, not a lifestyle. There is no choice involved. Of course, we choose our sexual partners, but the underlying emotions which make us feel this kind of attraction to people of our same gender is out of our control. In other words, homosexuality is not an action, but a feeling. Some homosexual men, because of external pressure, deny their sexuality and marry women, but they are living a lie. No matter how hard they try to bury their feelings, they are who they are, and this will NEVER change, not even if they try “therapy” or to “pray away the gay”. I feel the most sorry for their spouses, as there is no betrayal greater then finding that someone you loved never actually loved you. Also, i want you to understand that homosexuality, in addition to being involuntary and emotional, is no more about sex than heterosexuality is. It is about love.
It is true that homosexuals are more prone to depression, suicide, and substance abuse. We are the most hated minority on the planet. As we grow up, before we know that we’re gay, we form friendships and relationships with people, and when we hit puberty and realize that we’re gay, everything changes. Your mother and father, who put band-aids on your cuts and helped you with your homework, can become your greatest enemies. Many homosexuals are ostracized or even brutalized by their families, by the people who they trusted most. The same applies to our friends. People we have known since we were children may hate homosexuals. We feel abandoned by God, who we are taught hates homosexuality. Worst of all, we become our own enemies. When you are taught that homosexuality is immoral as i was, and you realize that your are homosexual, you begin to loathe yourself for who your are. You lose all support. To protect yourself, you pretend to be straight. You retreat “into the closet” and pretend to be a person that you are not. The worst part is that you’re all alone. You can’t tell who’s gay and whose not because most gay men don’t “act gay.” You’re lost and lonely in a world that has become alien, dangerous, frightening. Nobody would choose this.
The hatred that we face, external and internal, is what drives many of us to become depressed, to commit suicide, to attempt to use drugs and alcohol as an escape from the grim reality we live in. It is what causes many of us to behave recklessly and contract HIV. You seem to believe that homosexuality is the cause of the above problems, but it is the persecution we face that is the true cause.
The article denies what I’ve just stated, asserting that homosexuals with AIDS die young in both Denmark and the US despite differences in tolerance. Well, it does not matter how tolerant a society is; AIDS kills everyone young. The article states nothing about the prevalence of HIV, suicide, depression, and drug, and alcohol use among homosexuals in tolerant vs. intolerant societies, just that AIDS kills people young.
Also, with the proper use of protection, homosexual activity is not risky, only a tiny minority of homosexuals have HIV, and the average age people die of HIV these days is not 40 to 50. These days, people with HIV can live full lives. In fact, the average life span of someone HIV positive is the same as someone HIV negative and AIDS usually isn’t the cause of their death.
If you would actually listen to me and consider what I have just said with an open mind, you would see that it is the truth, but people like you refuse to question misguided Christian dogmas. But perhaps I’m stereotyping you, as you have stereotyped us. If this is the case, I’m very sorry. If it’s not, I’m still very sorry because you are blind to the truth. If there is a God, he made us this way, and it is organized religion which has made us feel like outcasts. We just want what everyone wants: to live happy lives, to love and be loved, to have families, and, most importantly, to feel like we belong.