wow- thats pretty interesting stuff. and to think- I didn't have anything to think about today...
I grew up on a farm and have seen this phenomenon many times. I've also seen animals eat their own fecal matter and afterbirth, and abandon or eat their offspring. I've seen baby chicks peck at a deformed chick until it died. I've seen a bull breed with a not quite mature heifer, ultimately contributing to her death. I've seen a dog repeatedly try to bite a porcupine--even though his mouth was already full of quills. I've seen incestual relationships take place between many different animals.My point is that there are many examples in nature that perhaps we shouldn't foster in our more intellegent human condition (although, regrettably, certain humans do include those behaviors)--hence the "natural man" comment we can find in our scriptures. The fact that homosexuality exists among animals comes as no surprise to me, nor is it going to send me running in search for a partner...just as you won't find me marking my territory with bodily fluids, wagging my tail, or sniffing the crotch of a stranger.
Good answer, samantha.Ditto what she said. Except that I never grew up on a farm. :) I have, however, seen doggies and kitties be mean to each other, which might be another thing we shouldn't emulate. eh?
Man, I totally love BBC News. It's my favorite sight! Intersting article, if not kind of funny. Sam's right, as always. But an amusing article one the less.
I always thought the argument against homosexuality based on it being against nature was a weak one. Who cares if something is "natural" or not. What really matters is if it is right or not. Samantha's reference to the "natural man" as it is mentioned in the scriptures mirrors my sentiments on this issue. We should seek to overcome "natural" tendencies that are contrary to God's commandments regardless of their acceptance by the world.
For most of the animal kingdom sex is dominance, or a sign of reproductive readiness, or, frankly, just sex. I don't think we have to ascribe moral meanings to animals getting off...I mean, do you spend long hours pondering over a dog licking himself to o*?
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