The saga of Dave Agema, the Michigan Republican leader who pushed bad junk science about the lgbt community last week, continues. From Talking Points Memo:

After standing by an anti-gay Facebook post last week, Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema on Sunday took to the social networking site again to claim there are “reems (sic) of studies showing the negative health affects (sic)” of homosexuality. According to a release from Grand Traverse County Republican precinct delegate Dennis Lennox, Agema was responding to a petition that urged the Republican Party to increase inclusivity.

According to Agema, he has “reams of studies” proving homosexuality to be a so-called dangerous lifestyle.  He originally cited information from Dr. Frank Joseph, a physician whom no one has ever heard of.  The information cited is called Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals.

But there is something I noticed about Joseph’s information which needs to be stated.

 

 

 

In the late 1980s, a man named Dave Hafer created a comic book entitled Deathstyle. It, as Joseph’s piece cited by Agema, also purported to give “statistics” about homosexuality.

In fact, if one would compare Hafer’s comic book and Joseph’s piece, one would see startling similarities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph:

37% of homosexuals engage in sadomasochism, which accounts for many accidental deaths. In San Francisco, classes were held to teach homosexuals how to not kill their partners during sadomasochism.

 

Hafer:

 

Joseph:

 Homosexuals prey on children. 33% of homosexuals ADMIT to minor/adult sex. There is a notable homosexual group, consisting of thousands of members, known as the North American Man and Boy Love Association ( NAMBLA). This is a child molesting homosexual group whose cry is “SEX BEFORE 8 BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.” This group can be seen marching in most major homosexual parades across the United States. Homosexuals commit more than 33% of all reported child molestations in the United States, which, assuming homosexuals make up 2% of the population, means that 1 in 20 homosexuals is a child molester, while 1 in 490 heterosexuals is a child molester.

 

Hafer:

 

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Both Hafer’s comic book and Joseph’s piece are filled with false information coming from cherry-picked sources published decades ago or just plain bad studies from junk science sources. One source in particular which they both share, Paul Cameron, is a man who has been either censured or dismissed from several medical associations for his bad research methodologies and outrageously homophobic claims. Amongst other things, Cameron has claimed that gay men “seduce” children on a regular basis, that is when they are not stuffing gerbils up their rectums.

In other words, Agema is doing nothing more than citing awful homophobic propaganda created to shock rather than to educate during a time in which the lgbt community didn’t have shows like Will & Grace or figures like Ellen DeGeneres going to bat for us and we were seen as “pitiful other.”

My guess is that Agema’s “reams” of statistics will say the same negative things about lgbts which Hafer and Joseph did because they most likely come from the same place of lies and distortions.

The irony is that this controversy is going on during a seriously positive shift of opinion towards marriage equality and the lgbt community in general.  Religious right groups are now attempting to play the victims and claim that this shift is causing them to be unfairly labeled as bigots.

But Agema’s insistence on pushing this information reminds us that these groups are omitting entire chunks of the story, i.e. the portions in which they freely cited the same information as Agema.

And in any conversation about bigotry and homophobia, those chunks of the story cannot be omitted because when one takes the information Agema cites and polishes it up, one finds that while religious right groups are pleading victimhood, they are still referring to these lies as fact.