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Paul Cameron’s Raging Bigotry

Marvin Olasky recently criticized that harsh anti-gay law in Uganda and has drawn the ire of Paul Cameron and his Family Research Institute. Cameron is a guy who got thrown out of the APA for making up bad data to justify his anti-gay bigotry. I’ll intersperse the statements from Olasky with FRI’s incredibly loathsome responses.

Olasky called the law “harsh and unlikely to be effective.” FRI immediately compares gay people to murderers:

Laws against murder are harsh and unlikely to be effective (in completely stopping murder). But such laws educate as to what is ‘correct’ and serve as a disincentive to commit murder. Just because we cannot specify how many lives were saved by a particular law hardly means the law was ineffective. Surely the fact that people still commit murder, rape, or theft would not cause Dr. Olasky to label them as “ineffective” and not worth having.

Olasky wrote:

Howles has a better idea: Promote Christianity, not tradition. He argues that if Ugandans temper their desire to put homosexuals in prison, ‘it will most likely be because of Christianity, as churches preach a message of godly love and kindness towards active homosexuals.’

And FRI says gay people are pedophiles:

Really? How do we show “godly love and kindness toward active child molesters?” Or active thieves, active adulterers, active slanderers, etc.? Until the last few decades, every time the Christian Church had the opportunity, it made homosexual activity illegal — often carrying the ultimate penalty. So it was in Rome, England, and early in these United States. Everyone else – especially children — should not be endangered so those expressing homosexual interests can be comfortable.

Fascist much?

Comments

  1. says

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure having sex with children is already illegal. How does outlawing adults having consensual sex with other adults of the same gender hurt children, again? Or… anyone, really.

  2. John Pieret says

    Well, Cameron at least had the honesty to call his article “Muddled Thinking.”*

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    * Yeah, I know.

  3. vmanis1 says

    You know, when even Christian Reconstructionists are dumping on you, there isn’t really much lower you can go.

    colnago80: You are, as usual, incorrect. Cameron is not a Frankenbergerite, he is a Schicklgruberian.

  4. Michael Heath says

    Olasky writes:

    Howles has a better idea: Promote Christianity, not tradition. He argues that if Ugandans temper their desire to put homosexuals in prison, ‘it will most likely be because of Christianity, as churches preach a message of godly love and kindness towards active homosexuals.’

    Cameron responds:

    Really? How do we show “godly love and kindness toward active child molesters?”

    Howles and Olasky’s ignorance of Christianity is as its practiced by a large swath of Christians is stunning. While Mr. Cameron’s response is loathsome, it’s consistent with how Christianity is largely practiced by conservative Christians. And these Christians are not, ‘no true Christians’, but instead emblematic of a large portion of Christianity here in the U.S., Russia, and Uganda. We should recall it was only 11 short years ago our own Supreme Court decriminalized homosexual activity, where the justices that are still heroes to conservative Christians dissented.

    Sure the New Testament commands Christians to act as Howles and Olaksy wish, but there is no larger opponent of behavior noted in the NT than Christians here in the U.S. and Russia. I’m not sure if Muslims challenge Christians’ political power in Uganda so I won’t make such an assertion for that country.

  5. Michael Heath says

    Michael Brew asks rhetorically:

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure having sex with children is already illegal. How does outlawing adults having consensual sex with other adults of the same gender hurt children, again?

    In the early-2000s the most visible demagogue popularizing this argument was Bill O’Reilly. It’s a the slippery slope argument. Once you concede our rights are inalienably ours and protect individual rights equally, that leads to polygamy, siblings marrying, bestiality, and pedophilia. Never mind the last two don’t correspond to the first two and that it’s a non sequitur to jump from the protection of rights to the protection of one person whose abusing another’s rights.

    I don’t know what Mr. O’Reilly argues now since I haven’t watched him in years.

  6. eric says

    How do we show “godly love and kindness toward active child molesters?” Or active thieves, active adulterers, active slanderers, etc.?

    Well, typically you make them into your priests.

    Thank you, I’ll be here all night.

  7. colnago80 says

    Re Michael Heath @ #6

    While Mr. Cameron’s response is loathsome, it’s consistent with how Christianity is largely practiced by conservative Christians. And these Christians are not, ‘no true Christians’, but instead emblematic of a large portion of Christianity here in the U.S., Russia, and Uganda.

    I’m sure that the blogs resident physics professor and math department chairman would dispute that.

  8. some bastard on the net says

    Michael Heath @7

    I don’t know what Mr. O’Reilly argues now since I haven’t watched him in years.

    That’s the great thing about folks like Bill-O, you can go years without watching them and then start up again without missing a thing!

  9. Michael Heath says

    some bastard on the net,

    The fact O’Reilly can spew the same ol’ shit for this many years also says lots about the quality of thinking by his loyal viewers.

  10. says

    Isn’t Paul Cameron the same guy who said that homosexuality can destroy a civilization because it is so intensely pleasurable that it seduces men away from heterosexual relations and destroys the family unit (which, we might need to be reminded, is the fundamental unit of civilization). My gaydar, such as it is, usually reacts to a detection incident with a muted chime; in Cameron’s case, a klaxon goes off.

  11. Stacy says

    @Michael Brew #3, @Michael Heath #7

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure having sex with children is already illegal. How does outlawing adults having consensual sex with other adults of the same gender hurt children, again?

    In the early-2000s the most visible demagogue popularizing this argument was Bill O’Reilly. It’s a the slippery slope argument. Once you concede our rights are inalienably ours and protect individual rights equally, that leads to polygamy, siblings marrying, bestiality, and pedophilia.

    The slippery slope argument is popular, but I think the lie being pushed here is the belief that most-if-not-all gays are child molesters. That ugly slander is not dead among anti-gay Christians.

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