I've received several e-mails from people angry that Andrew Sullivan uses the term "the Final Solution" to describe research in which scientists are attempting to "prevent homosexuality" by experimenting with hormones in utero. The anger derives, obviously, from the idea that one cannot ethically equate anything to the Shoah.
I'm sorry, but I have to agree that this sort of thing smacks of Nazi-era experimentation. If scientists achieved a genetic "cure" for homosexuality (which, of course, is not a disease, so therefore needs no cure) wouldn't this represent a kind-of genocidal threat against a community of people that harms no one? I've been thinking a lot about theology and homosexuality lately (this beats actually working on my upcoming Atlantic story), and I've come to the conclusion that some people are gay because God specifically wanted them be to gay. Don't ask me how I came to this; don't ask me to explain my thinking (yet) and don't ask me to explain what I think to be God's purpose is in this case. I can't quite figure out God's reason for creating Jews, much less gays. I will think more about this, obviously, and read more about it, and then maybe I'll have a better understanding why I came to this. In the meantime, though, I think it's fair to be frightened of experiments like these, and frightened of the thinking that undergirds the motivation to perform these experiments.