Well isn’t that embarrassing. The Washington Post’s Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn just published an “opinion” piece – in its “faith” section, no less – by the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, a man whose anti-gay activist organization has for years been promoting the “Nazi” science (that’s what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls it) of a known “hate group” that is listed alongside the Klan on the SPLC Web site. The group’s Nazi science is about bashing gays. And what did the Post permit the “faith expert” to write about? Anti-gay bullying. Seriously.
Here’s what you’ll find currently, today, on the Family Research Council Web site. Note the author.
Now, rather than have me tell you who Paul Cameron is, let me have the revered Southern Poverty Law Center tell you:
Cameron’s brand of “science” echoed Nazi Germany.
You see, Cameron runs an organization that for years has been labeled a “hate group” by the SPLC. They list Cameron’s “Family Research Institute” alongside the Klan:
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Yes, the Klan, folks.
Do you think the Washington Post would let someone who promotes Klan literature write on their Web site? No chance in hell. But when the bigot is anti-gay, and when he’s promoting known hate groups that excel in Nazi-type science – groups that are listed alongside the Klan – somehow the hate-enabler is now practicing legitimate journalism.
And there’s more. Much more from SPLC:
Paul Cameron is an infamous anti-gay propagandist whose one-man statistical chop shop, the Family Research Institute, churns out hate literature masquerading as legitimate science. Cameron dresses up his “studies” with copious footnotes, graphs and charts, and then pays to publish them in certain journals. Cameron’s work has been rejected by both the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association, yet his ludicrous statistics are frequently referenced in sermons, news broadcasts, politicians’ speeches and even court decisions.
Religious right action groups including Focus on the Family, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition promote Cameron’s statistics on their Web sites.
Not one of Cameron’s anti-gay studies has been published in a respected scientific journal with rigorous content review standards. Instead, Cameron props up his façade of credibility by publishing his studies in Psychological Reports, a Montana-based vanity magazine that advertises itself as “The Scientific Manifestation of Free Speech” and will publish practically anything for $27.50 per page.
Now let me share with you some of Paul Cameron’s “science” that the Family Research Council relies so heavily on. Again, I quote the Southern Poverty Law Center:
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…
What’s next from the Post, an op ed by Goebbels about racial diversity in America?