Homosexuality, Incest and Christian Right
There are Republican political figures, such as Alan Keyes, who are claiming that homosexuality leads to incest. The response is that homosexuality never leads to incest; but there are times when incest leads to homosexuality.
Of the gay and bisexual man I know, some appear to have been born that way and others became that way as a result of being sodomized by their fathers. This means that there are situations in which incest leads to homosexuality. As for incest, the vast bulk - if not all - of its practicioners are heterosexual. Incest is worst in socially conservative areas that forbid homosexuality, such as the rural South. And its practicioners are not "psychos" or "weirdos" but your normal socially conservative Southern Baptists.
Incest is a much harder crime to prosecute than, say, pedophilia, because the perpetrators and the victims are related by blood. Most victims do not want to incriminate their parents, and in many more cases the families make them shut up. Whereas with a stranger who rapes other people's children, everyone can be depended upon to howl for his blood. And the results of this situation are quite skewed, because incest does more psychological damage than does pedophilia, and its effects on the health of the population are vast and vastly destructive.
What actually does lead to incest? Well that is a matter that should be studied in depth. Apparently there are many situations in which it is a matter of possession; and then of course there are situations in which the perpetrator does it for sex. In no case does homosexuality begin to figure in the computation. Most incest is older man on younger girl, and only in one quarter of situations is the victim male.
Social conservatives can be depended upon to lie as much as they possibly can; but they do not have to be allowed to get away with it. The more people confront and refute their deceptions the better, and this is the case here. Homosexuality does not lead to incest, but there are times when incest leads to homosexuality. And the more people understand such matters the fewer would be vulnerable to deceptions of the professional liars that are the Christian Right.