Friday Silliness – Gay Fathers

Timothy Kincaid

October 5th, 2007

Often those who seek to condemn gay men and women without reverting to quoting Scripture will argue that homosexuality is not a benefit to society because it does not result in procreation. Well, I’ve seen some of their children – running through the restaurant screaming. And I’m not all that convinced that they are such a benefit to society.

However, I do know of some fathers who were homosexual – or at least not heterosexual – whose progeny did benefit society. I’ve listed just a few. Feel free to add more fathers to the list. And mothers are welcome too:

• Socrates – Father of Philosophy
Aristotle – Father of Biology (perhaps)
• Leonardo Da Vinci – Father of Flight
• Luco Pacioli – Father of Accounting
• Isaac Newton – Father of Modern Physics
• Nikola Tesla – Father of Radio
• Alan Turing – Father of the Computer

and a whole host of others whose children, though not flesh and blood, continue to live and benefit society long after they are gone: Michelangelo Buonarroti, EM Forster, Noel Coward, Alexander the Great, and the list goes on and on…

Disappointed in Rudy

October 6th, 2007

Since when are Aristotle, Socrates and Newton gay?

Anyway, Sappho, mother of erotic literature?

Emily K

October 6th, 2007

I’d call Sappho the mother of female love poetry.


October 6th, 2007

Fun list!

Here’s one more:

Florence Nightingale, Mother of Modern Nursing

Paul Stevens

October 7th, 2007

Don’t forget good old Oscar:

Oscar Wilde – (Arguably) Father of Wit

And possibly:
Shakespeare – Father of Literature

Noa Resare

October 7th, 2007

Carolus Linnaeus – the father of botanics

Timothy Kincaid

October 8th, 2007


Socrates: If we are to believe Plato, then Socrates was same-sex attracted, perhaps bisexual but, as I phrased it above, “at least not heterosexual”.

Aristotle: I am not able to definitively tie this down. While several sources I relied on for my initial thread claim that Aristotle was same-sex attracted, others do not. So I will scratch him.

In his place let’s put a Greek about whom there seems to be concensus (though his opinions on homosexuality changed during his life):

Plato – Father of Logic

Newton – Issac Newton is a bit more difficult. Some claim that he was a homosexual, others that he was asexual. But in either case, he was decidedly not heterosexual in any traditional sense. And those who claim that procreation is the sole basis of contribution to society would have to include Newton in the “no contribution” column. This is also the case with Tesla.

Randi Schimnosky

October 9th, 2007

I wouldn’t include Alexander the Great on this list. Anyone who went around waging war on innocent people is not a benefit to society.


October 9th, 2007

Randi, Alexander spread Greek culture, education and technology across most of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He did kill many — but he no doubt saved many more. Our culture wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for what he did.

History is rarely black and white.

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