Here's an odd story to start the week. Paul Richards, the CEO of a chain of gyms in New Zealand, wrote an article for the gym's newsletter saying soy milk turns you gay. He's apologized:
Richards says he did not mean to cause offence to gay people and did not consciously or callously intend using a sensitive glbt issue to drum up readership or comment. He says he always tries to include an item about a health product in the newsletter and last week did a quick internet search for 'soy milk,' found the article by discredited US fundamentalist Christian and homophobe Jim Rutz and linked to it without further research or checking.
"In hindsight I wouldn't do that again," he says, adding that he does not believe his strong conservative Christian background, highlighted on the Club Physical website, influenced his decision to use the feature. "I'd never heard of the man or his background before," says Richards.
I saw this story this morning when I was perusing one of the several dozen LGBT news sources I scan daily (fun stuff!), and I thought I remembered that original Jim Rutz article. Turns out Bil posted about soy milk turning people gay back in 2006. Here's the blockquote he pulled:
I have nothing against an occasional soy snack. Soy is nutritious and contains lots of good things. Unfortunately, when you eat or drink a lot of soy stuff, you're also getting substantial quantities of estrogens.
Estrogens are female hormones. If you're a woman, you're flooding your system with a substance it can't handle in surplus. If you're a man, you're suppressing your masculinity and stimulating your "female side," physically and mentally.
Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth of them are getting soy milk!) Homosexuals often argue that their homosexuality is inborn because "I can't remember a time when I wasn't homosexual." No, homosexuality is always deviant. But now many of them can truthfully say that they can't remember a time when excess estrogen wasn't influencing them.
Richards says he never heard of WND and just Googled "soy milk" and this is what came up. Way to go, WND, leading the world down a path of wingnuttery... or just making people embarrass themselves in front of thousands of customers as they stumble on to your website.
Here's his offending article in the newsletter (this is all of it):
Soy is making kids 'gay'
Personally, I enjoy any food that is supposed to build health and soy is one of
them. Thanks to my wife there are usually a couple of cartons of soy milk in
the fridge. So I was intrigued by this article by Jim Rutz and would be
interested in your thoughts.
Richards said that he never got feedback on the newsletter and he was hoping to generate discussion. I can get that on a certain level - for a while here at Bilerico Bil and I were getting zero to one comments a post, writing into the ether, rarely knowing people's reactions to what we were putting up.
Good that he apologized, and I hope he learned his lesson: WND is not to be trusted.