Peter Sprigg, a spokesman for the Family Research Council, recently made the following statement on a radio show:
People are afraid of the homosexual activists and they’re particularly afraid of this character assassination that comes in the form of the word ‘hate.’ Nobody wants to be accused of participating in ‘hate’ and so throwing that word ‘hate’ around becomes a trump card even when nothing that we have done can reasonably be called ‘hate.’ On the contrary, everything we do is motivated by love for the people who are hurt by this lifestyle.
Bear in mind that this is the same man who said that he wants to deport gays and lesbians out of the United States and also wants to pass laws designed to put gays and lesbians in jail.
Right Wing Watch (who provided the transcript and video of Sprigg making his comments) also pointed out several other ways Sprigg has demonstrated his “love” of the gay community:
- Lobbied to make it harder for students to join Gay-Straight Alliances because “homosexuality is harmful to society.”
- Argued that gays and lesbians shouldn’t be judges because a gay judge can’t “be held up as a role model.”
- Linked homosexuality to pedophilia even when scientists rejected their correlation.
- Opposed allowing same-sex partners or their adopted children from collecting their deceased partner or parent’s Social Security benefits.
Now Sprigg has said and done all of these things because he claims that homosexuality is a “dangerous” lifestyle.
This, of course is a lie, but Sprigg’s role in furthering this lie needs more examination.
Sprigg, you see, has personally published misleading studies about the gay community
If one took a look at many of these studies (which I have on many occasion and the links are below), you would find a disturbing pattern of a distorting legitimate studies and research and an intentional omission of crucial portions of these studies which would serve destroy Sprigg’s thesis of the supposed “dangers of homosexuality.”
Sprigg has committed these offenses in studies and papers such as
Getting It Straight: What the Research Shows About Homosexuality ,
His piece, The Top Ten Myths about Homosexuality demonstrates a specific example of Sprigg’s sleight-of-hand behavior. Amongst other egregious errors, Sprigg takes pro-gay health information totally out of context. Check out this passage by Sprigg:
Even the pro-homosexual Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) acknowledges:
• “Gay men use substances at a higher rate than the general population . . .”
• “Depression and anxiety appear to affect gay men at a higher rate . . . .”
• “ . . . [G]ay men have higher rates of alcohol dependence and abuse . . . .”
• “ . . . [G]ay men use tobacco at much higher rates than straight men . . . .”
• “Problems with body image are more common among gay men . . . and gay men are much more likely to experience an eating disorder . . . .”
The GLMA also confirms that:
• “ . . . [L]esbians may use tobacco and smoking products more often than heterosexual women use them.”
• “Alcohol use and abuse may be higher among lesbians.”
• “ . . . [L]esbians may use illicit drugs more often than heterosexual women.”
Homosexual activists generally attempt to explain these problems as results of “homophobic discrimination.” However, there is a serious problem with that theory—there is no empirical evidence that such psychological problems are greater in areas where disapproval of homosexuality is more intense.
Now compare what Sprigg said as opposed to what GMLA actually:
“Depression and anxiety appear to affect gay men at a higher rate . . . .”
Depression and anxiety appear to affect gay men at a higher rate than in the general population. The likelihood of depression or anxiety may be greater, and the problem may be more severe for those men who remain in the closet or who do not have adequate social supports. Adolescents and young adults may be at particularly high risk of suicide because of these concerns.
“ . . . [L]esbians may use illicit drugs more often than heterosexual women.
Research indicates that lesbians may use illicit drugs more often than heterosexual women. This may be due to added stressors in lesbian lives from discrimination. Lesbians need support from each other and from health care providers to find healthy releases, quality recreation, stress reduction, and coping techniques.
I hear that Sprigg is also a minister, so he should have a better idea than most about lying in God’s name and bearing false witness.
And if he truly loved the gay community, he would apologize to us for both offenses.