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BRUCE C. HAFEN
Bruce C. Hafen, Mormon General Authority who recently attacked homosexuals stating Satan caused homosexuality, not DNA.
| A 68 year old Mormon businessman in a suit, Bruce C. Hafen stated:
"People who are attracted to members of their own sex can change."
Ah yes, Evergreen. The company the Mormon Church uses to "straighten out" gays and lesbians. Read: Electro Shock Therapy.
Elder Bruce C. Hafen, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, spoke at the 19th annual conference of Evergreen International; a nonprofit group that helps Mormons "overcome homosexual behavior" and "diminish same-sex attraction." The event was held at the LDS Church's Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City.
Hafen spent a large portion of his talk, held during a Sunday-like service, criticizing the gay-rights movement and denying a biological link to sexual orientation. Same-sex attraction is "not in your DNA," he said.
Bruce Hafen, some old Mormon in a suit down on Mormon Central knows enough about DNA to know that it is indeed Satan, and NOT genetic. Is Bruce a scientist? No, he got a BA in Political Science and Humanities - from where else? BYU. And then this guy spent time working for the Cult's correlation department. He was the President of Ricks and dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. I'm sure there he received all the knowledge he needed on DNA to make such a statement.
Bruce Hafen is nothing more than a windbag yes-man for the Mormon Cult.
| Good for LDS Public Affairs. More posts like this one, please.
Because LDSPA's efforts encouraged me to go back and read some of the other Bruce C. Hafen material available over at LDS.org:
The Atonement: All for All
Maybe someone better-qualified to rate Hafen's insights in terms of comparative soteriology can weigh in, but my takeaway is that such high-falutin' terms are wasted on an operator like B.C.
For example, Bruce chose to end that Ensign article with a mention of the paradox of the Atonement ... but here's the paradox that's bugging me ... Bruce writes:
"Only the restored gospel has the fulness of these truths! Yet the adversary is engaged in one of history’s greatest cover-ups, trying to persuade people that this Church knows least–when in fact it knows most–about how our relationship with Christ makes true Christians of us."
In other words, the folks who disagree with Bruce's Mormon soteriology - the Catholics, the Evangelicals, all those "Christians" - are all agents of Satan.
Except, of course, when they're not. See also Prop 8. Or Maine Question 1.
Or maybe not.
Maybe it's simply that Bruce Hafen is a bully in search of a target and he'll take his traction wherever he can find it.
LDSPA apparently thinks that maybe this time around, Bruce has finally found it.
| Bruce Hafen was in the Pacific Area Presidency in Australia at about the time I resigned from the church. When he was trying to convince me to stick with the church he told me that if only I had been able to study at BYU I would have been better immunized against the scientific research I had come across. That is about the worst advice I have ever received. He's a well-meaning and kind man (hell bent on climbing the corporate ladder) but when it comes to DNA he is ignorant.
People often think that because scientists have found few or no genes influencing a human trait that this means that the trait is not influenced much by our genes. This logic is deeply flawed.
If Hafen had said your height is not in your DNA he would have been laughed out of town, even by Mormons.
Everyone knows that human height is STRONGLY controlled by our genes. Tall parents almost invariably have tall children and short parents have short children. By studying inheritance in a large number of families scientists now know that human height is largely (>80%) controlled by our genes. It may surprise people to know that scientists have only identified a handful of genes that influence genetic variation in height. All the genes they have identified to date only control less than 5% of the total genetic variation in height in humans.
It is EXACTLY the same with sexual orientation. It is widely recognized by the scientific community who study human genetics that sexual orientation is strongly influenced by genes. I have seen estimates of about 50% genes, 50% environment. I think genes do even more. Genetics could also contribute significantly to the placental and family environment via other people’s genes. Yet, because scientists have identified few genes directly influencing sexual orientation, the scientifically uninformed jump in and claim it is not determined by our DNA.
My research group studies the genetic control of wood traits in forest trees. It is well known from studying inheritance in families of closely related trees that genes strongly control wood properties. The amount of pulp we can get out of wood and the strength of wood are typically under 40-80% genetic control. But finding which genes are involved is a difficult. Our lab has been one of the more successful groups. We identified a gene in 2005 that influences wood stiffness in eucalypts and we have just published a paper describing a gene that influences pulp yield in eucalypts.
We have recently identified a gene that influences wood density in pine trees.
So whenever you hear someone say DNA or genes don’t influence sexual orientation, you can be sure of one thing. They are displaying ignorance and foolishness, two traits that are under a healthy degree of genetic control too.
| || Speech By Mormon Elder Could Signal Even Less Tolerance On Gays |
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009, at 08:52 AM
Original Author(s): Smartbrief
Topic: BRUCE C. HAFEN -Link To MC Article-
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| From SmartBrief:
Some Mormon Church observers view a recent speech by a church elder, who likened homosexuality to a mental illness, as a "big step backwards" in its efforts to adopt a more tolerant stance on gay issues. "The church has a long way to go to get into the 21st century," said Gary Watts, a Provo, Utah, physician. "They're making incremental movements. What Hafen has done is take them back 25 years." A spokesman for Mormons would not say whether the comments by general authority Bruce C. Hafen represented the church or whether its policies toward gays had changed.
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