Frustration and Elation
I took a break from doing work on my book Saturday and headed to the bookstore.
And got supremely pissed.
I didn't realize just how much the conservatives dominate the current events section of Barnes and Noble. It's as if every conservative commentator has three books each out.
What really pissed me off was a book entitled Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies.
I just knew that there was a section in it on the gay and lesbian community so I took a look. And it was as bad as I thought.
All of the cherry picked studies I cover in my book was included, but there was something else. The author freely cited Paul Cameron; in fact he cited about three of Cameron's discredited studies.
Why in 2007 are people still citing Cameron as a correct source? I have talked so many times about the stubborness of people citing headless monsters but now I am convinced that there is something else in play: the Dukakis factor.
In the 1989 election, George Bush played dirty politics, attacking Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis's character; calling him a card-carrying member of the ACLU and the like. Dukakis's inability to hit back fast and aggressively ended up costing him the election.
In that spirit, I have to ask just what are the gay rights organizations doing to attack the right's ability to demonize us. Why haven't those groups who are always calling me or sending me letters for donations taking more of an aggressive role in making the anti-gay industry explain themselves and their studies.
I have enjoyed writing this book and I hope to get people talking, but in all honesty, I should not have been in the situation to write it. I feel as if I am doing the work that HRC or the Gay and Lesbian Task Force should do.
Where is the big expose on Paul Cameron? Where is the truth to the lies that gay men have a short life span or gays molest children at a high rate?
While it is true that the religious right have been lying about our lives, we should ask just how much are we to blame for those lies being told over and over again?
Evil men prosper when good men do nothing.
And it is the same for organizations.
My manuscript is at the publisher's and and in a few months, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters will be in print. Thank you all for your support and I hope that you continue to support my efforts. In the coming weeks, I will be sending out press releases announcing the findings of my book. For now, like I promised, I am now going to reveal my chapter list. If anyone has any questions at all, please email me at CharleKenghis@aol.com
Introduction -Meeting Robert Knight
Chapter One - From Anita to James
Chapter Two - Paul Cameron
Chapter Three - If you can't prove a point, then generalize
Chapter Four - Then Repeat
Chapter Five - Conspiracy Theory
Chapter Six - Dire Consequences
Chapter Seven - Phony Experts
Chapter Eight - Dehumanizing Semantics
Chapter Nine - Lies About Sexual Health
Chapter Ten - What It All Means