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|Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:30 pm Post subject: Dr. Paul Cameron and Homosexuality
|Dr. Paul Cameron is an evangelical Christian who created the Family Research Institute, which is the prime source for anti-gay statistics used by the anti-gay groups such as Focus on the Family, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition. He is a veritable quote factory of statistics.
Here are some of his greatest hits- Only 1% of the homosexual population in America will die of old age. The average life expectancy for a homosexual in the United States of America is 43 years of age. A lesbian can only expect to live to be 45 years of age. Lesbians are 300 times more likely to die in car accidents than heterosexual women. Homosexuals represent 2% of the population, yet today they're carrying 60% of the known cases of syphilis. There is a strong, disproportionate association between child molestation and homosexuality. Homosexual teachers influence their students to become homosexual. A third of homosexualsí children become homosexual. Homosexuals are less economically productive, seldom produce children or raise them well, and are more likely to commit criminal acts. Gays are disproportionately responsible for serial killings, child molestation and other heinous crimes. And, gays eat their own boogers. Okay, I made up the last one, but the web site contains almost every slur against homosexuality and homosexuals that one could possibly imagine.
The problem is the quality and reliability of his work is highly questionable. His work does get published in academic journals. Not the kind that are peer reviewed or read by scientists and researchers, though. Much of his work was published in the journal Psychological Reports, whose sole review process seems to be whether or not the authorís check clears. I was not even aware that there was Vanity academics.
He uses lots of footnotes. Problem, is, the people he cites did not quite say what he claims. They got mad enough to complain, which ultimately wound up with him being kicked out of both the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association. The ASA stated that, "Dr. Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented sociological research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism."
Heís not just a quack in homosexual research. The Family Research Institute was originally founded as the Institute for the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality, and their first act was to announce that Cameron planned to do a sex survey. He then announced, before doing the survey, that ďThe results will tend to indicate that those who lead sexually venturesome lives are more inclined toward suicide, are less happy, and contract more diseases." Gee, if you know the results ahead of time, you can certainly save a lot of money by not actually having to do the research. The questions on this survey were so bizarre and creepy that many people called the police to complain that perverts were running around the city asking sleazy questions. Although the 1983 study is still quoted by social conservative groups, it is in reality a classic example of fundamental flaws in methodology and statistical analysis, including sample sizes so small as to render any conclusions irrelevant. The study was absolutely worthless from a scientific standpoint, but pure gold for anti-sex and anti-gay zealots.
That Cameron despises gays is a given, but what should haven given the Jewish group pause is his solution to the gay problem: executing gay males. According to an interview with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Cameron was recommending the extermination option as early as 1983.
In 1986, Cameron co-authored the book Special Report: AIDS, which advocated establishing concentration camps immediately for "sexually active homosexuals. According to Mark E. Pietrzyk in the News-Telegraph, "At least twice Cameron has advocated the tattooing of AIDS patients on the face, so that people would know when they were meeting with an infected person. The penalty for trying to hide the tattoo would be banishment to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, a former leper colony. In the event that a vaccine were developed to prevent AIDS, Cameron has proposed that homosexuals be castrated to prevent them from 'cheating' on nature."
And there was an article on Cameronís official Web site so shocking I had to check it out on their site when I saw a reference to it because I found it so hard to believe it actually exited, the Family Research web site has an article called Gays in Nazi Germany. It is not a condemnation of the Nazi brutality against gays. Instead, he quotes at length German SS officer and convicted murderer Rudolf HŲssís observations about homosexuality and how the Naziís dealt with it. And heís not disagreeing with him. Heís citing him as an expert. What, he couldnít find a study by Josef Mengele to quote? One of the Naziís solutions was castration, something Cameron would not have a disagreement with since he has proposed it himself.
His organization is considered a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is an expert with hate groups. He says that "Homosexuality is an infectious appetite with personal and social consequences. It is like the dog that gets a taste for blood after killing its first victim and desires to get more victims thereafter with a ravenous hunger." He calls homosexuality a crime against humanity, and then, without the slightest bit of irony, he proposes solutions like extermination that are generally considered crimes against humanity.
It has long been said that homophobia is driven by repressed homosexual desires. In that light, perhaps we can better understand both his motives and this rather puzzling and bizarre quote from an article on the Southern Law Poverty Center site: "Marital sex tends toward the boring end. Generally, it doesn't deliver the kind of sheer sexual pleasure that homosexual sex does. If you isolate sexuality as something solely for one's own personal amusement, if all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get, then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist. The evidence is that men do a better job on men."