crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
There are times when I loathe having to cover the religious right's attacks on lgbt America.
And this moment is at least 12 of those times.
Believe it or not, discredited researcher Paul Cameron (and head of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Institute) has come out with a new study which (like so much of his earlier inaccurate work) denigrates the lgbt community. He talks about it here on Midweek Politics Radio.
No I don't have a transcript but I am sure one will be forthcoming.
To make a long story short, Cameron claims that the data he “compiled” shows that gays are four to seven more times likely to rape their fellow servicemen. He even says that some perpetrators of heterosexual sex assaults can be termed as gay because apparently some gay men “like women too.” (that piece starts at 1:30).
Among other things in the interview, Cameron also addresses (i.e. dances around) his dismissal from the American Psychological Association. Too bad he didn't discuss his censures and rebukes from the American Sociological Association, Nebraska Psychological Association, and Canadian Psychological Association. Or the complaints about his work from others such as A. Nicholas Groth. Or the story he made up about a gay man castrating a child in 1982.
My guess is that other than a few crackpot bloggers, no one on the right will overtly agree with Cameron's assessment or cite the newest monstrosity he calls a study. But we've already heard covert twinges of Cameron's lies, i.e. the talking point that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly will “sexualize” the military.
And after the anti-gay conference going on at Liberty University today, I am sure we will hear more sly references to Cameron's discredited work.
The irony is that when the issue of gays in the military was discussed after Bill Clinton's election, the opposition paraded Cameron's lies front and center. Now very few people will touch him, at least not openly.
It's progress for sure, but still can't someone put this man's lies to final rest before any more guillible people believe them?
Hat tip to People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch