American Family Association quotes noted hate group to advance anti-gay agenda

I’m actually rather in shock that they would do this. Yes, the American Family Association is a hateful, bigoted organization, but citing the Family Research Institute as a source, the group created by Paul Cameron – who is still listed on their Web site – is pretty ballsy.

Cameron is the anti-gay “scientist” who was kicked out of a series of scientific associations for being a certifiable nutjob. The FRI is rightly listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC says that “Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” And they’re not kidding. Of course, this isn’t the first time the AFA has quoted Cameron as a source. So has the Family Research Council and the Concerned Women for America (see here).

Of course, why shouldn’t the religious right continue to quote Cameron, probably the man single most responsible for gays being branded as diseased pedophiles. After all, they’ve been quoting him with impunity for decades, and what do our national groups do about it? Zilch. No one holds the AFA, FRC, CWA, or anyone else responsible when they continue to quote the Nazi-esque science of a hate group. You’d think this would be a good opportunity to take down those groups, by associating them with a hate group, and at the same time put an end to the use of Cameron’s nutty science. But they won’t. I’ve been complaining about this guy since 1993, to no avail. Imagine what the religious would do, what the Republicans would do, if HRC were promoting a hate group. We’d never heard the end of it.

Here’s a bit of Cameron from SPLC:

He told the 1985 Conservative Political Action Committee conference that “extermination of homosexuals” might be needed in the next three to four years. He has advocated tattooing AIDS patients in the face, and banishment to a former leper colony for any patient who resisted. He has called for gay bars to be closed and gays to be registered with the government.

Cameron even has called AIDS a “godsend,” and it was for him: Though he was kicked out of the American Psychological Association for ethical violations in 1983 (he was alleged to have used unsound methods and misrepresented the work of others) — and then, after pawning himself off as a sociologist, declared “not a sociologist” by the American Sociological Association — his studies alleging that homosexuals were intentionally spreading AIDS have been frequently cited by anti-gay groups and commentators like Pat Buchanan.

More on Cameron here.

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