Thursday, December 08, 2011

NOM is now pushing the discredited work of Paul Cameron

NOM is now pushing P. Cameron's discredited work

You all knew that this would happen sooner or later.

From Equality Matters:

Earlier today, Equality Matters reported that the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Ruth Institute was endorsing a book that claimed, among other things, that gay parents are more likely to molest their own children than heterosexual parents.

Now, NOM appears to be doubling down on that claim – and this time on its main blog.

In a December 8 blog post, NOM promoted an essay posted on the “Bad Catholic” blog titled “Two Lesbians Raised a Baby and This Is What They Got...” The essay – written by blogger Marc Barnes – is a response to a video of an Iowa man speaking eloquently in defense of his two moms, which recently went viral. 

Referring to the video as “false advertising,” Barnes attempts to lay out the case for why gays and lesbians aren’t fit to raise children:
  • Gay couples are less likely to stay together
  • Gay couples don’t want to get married
  • Gay relationships are more likely to be violent/abusive
    Near the end of his essay, Barnes makes an argument which is apparently becoming NOM-dogma – gay parents molest their children at higher rates than heterosexual parents:
    Similarly, the children of homosexual parents are much more likely to be sexually abused. The journal Adolescence reports that a “disproportionate percentage—29 percent—of the adult children of homosexual parents had been specifically subjected to sexual molestation by that homosexual parent, compared to only 0.6 percent of adult children of heterosexual parents having reported sexual relations with their parent…. Having a homosexual parent(s) appears to increase the risk of incest with a parent by a factor of about 50″ (P. Cameron and K. Cameron, “Homosexual Parents,” Adolescence 31 (1996): 772.).

    That's right.  Barnes - and NOM, since it is featuring Barnes' piece -  is now pushing the work of the discredited Paul "gay stuff gerbils up their rectums" Cameron.

    Do the religious right even care about the victims of anti-gay persecution?

    Based upon religious right reaction to the new Obama Administration policy regarding worldwide anti-gay persecution, one has to ask do these so-called followers of Christ have any problem with rape, "honor-killings," and murder if these actions are done to gays.

    It sounds harsh to say that but what other opinion can one gauge after reading the words of religious right talking heads such as

    Peter LaBarbera:

    Homosexuality -- once widely regarded as a Crime Against Nature -- is no more a "fundamental human right" than any other sexual sin.

    Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council:

    It is startling that President Obama is prepared to throw the full weight and reputation of the United States behind the promotion overseas of the radical ideology of the sexual revolution.

    Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel and radio show host Janet Mefferd:

    Mefferd: Here’s a question I had too. In all the stories I was reading yesterday about this directive, in none of them did I see any break down of statistics on the number of homosexuals and transgenders worldwide who are being tortured, persecuted and killed for being gay, have you seen any statistics like that?

    Barber: Of course not, it’s nonsense. It’s Orwellian New Speak.

    These folks aren't stupid. They're willfully ignorant. And sad.

    Now in some cases, in between the verbose adjectives about "sexual anarchy" and claims about how the Obama Administration is trying to" impose sexual madness" on other countries, came a spattering of pronouncements about how it was "awful that these things are happening" and how "no one should condone violence." (LaBarbera's press release didn't even have the good taste to do this.)

    It seems to me that the all of the huge declarations, the adjectives of disgust should be aimed at the plight of the victims.

    But these folks are so concerned with demonizing homosexuality that the victims of anti-gay persecution are merely an afterthought to them.

    Victims like:

    Nathaniel Cunningham, who was chased out of his home in Jamaica by an anti-gay mob.

    Noxolo Nkosana and Noxolo Nogwaza who were both stabbed and raped by groups of men in South Africa. Nkosana lived. Nogwaza was murdered and her face and body was disfigured.

     Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni who, in 2005, were publicly executed in Iran for being gay after a trumped up charge of sexual assault.

    And these are just a few of many. People like them, innocent gays and lesbians caught up in hateful cultures, are the people the Obama Administration is seeking to help.

    But God forbid that the religious right even acknowledge the plight of these people. God forbid that these holier-than-thou folks be accused of  pushing the so-called gay agenda.

    The absolute nastiness of these folks is best demonstrated by LaBarbera's last comment in his press release:

    All Americans who love God and respect His wonderful design for mankind should be ashamed of Obama's and Hillary's campaign to force a deeply flawed sexual ideology on innocent nations that do NOT want to emulate American decadence.

    Someone should tell LaBarbera that you can't talk about God's "wonderful design" while intentionally covering up the act of devils.

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    Religious right exploits Christian ignorance

    Let me be clear on something.

    I generally have no problems those who feel that based on their religious beliefs, homosexuality is a sin.

    Despite the public buzzword to the fact, neither I nor a vast majority of the lgbtq community is looking for "tolerance." We are not looking for approval. We just want what should be afforded to us as tax-paying Americans - the right to live our lives not defined by someone else's standards of how we are or fevered imaginations about how we may engage in sexual intercourse.

    You don't have to approve of me. Just don't stand in the way of me getting what belongs to me.

    I have very deep problems with organizations like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage. I have severe issues with people like Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, or Maggie Gallagher.

    I feel that these folks are not only deliberately spreading distortions and propaganda against the gay community, but also deliberately exploiting the ignorance of some Christians.

    A perfect example of what I am talking about is what happened last night. My piece, Attacks on Obama Administration policy shames Christianity, published here, Pam's House Blend, and The Huffington Post generated some blowback. One young lady felt compelled to write me. Another young lady also felt compelled to respond on a comment board.

    What was compelling about the two response was how alike they were. Both were struck by the stories of the lesbians in South Africa being raped in order to try and change their orientation.

    Both women condemned the practice.

    Both women then threw the standard religious right phrasing at me about how it was "wrong to elevate homosexuality into a human rights issue."

    And both women were shocked speechless when I informed that they were doing just that - "elevating homosexuality to a human rights issue" by condemning the practice of women being raped for being lesbians.

    It left me thinking. If these women had abandoned the religious right buzzwords and dogma about the "gay lifestyle," they would have found common ground with me. They probably would have still thought of homosexuality as a sin, but they would have still understood not only the President's actions, but also the plight of gays worldwide.

    It saddens me to think that not only these two women, but many other folks are led possibly led astray by people like Gallagher and Perkins and that many other people are also swayed against their gay neighbors by junk science studies and inaccurate anecdotes of spooky gay people all propagated to feed on their fears and religious beliefs.

    It's a shame to realize that maybe we can actually all get along if it weren't for some people.

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