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Hold NOM’s Robert George Accountable For The Anti-Gay Regnerus Hit Job

by Scott Rose on June 18, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics,Scott Rose

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At the end of March, 2012, National Organization for Marriage internal strategy documents were released through court order.

NOM’s documents described a repugnant strategy of “driving a wedge” between African-Americans and gays, and of fanning hostility between them.

Because . . . don’t you know .  ..  NOM is all about love. And, what U.S. society most needs, is wedges driven, and hostilities fanned between minorities.

Civil rights legend Julian Bond said of the NOM documents “It confirmed a suspicion that some evil hand was behind this.”

The New York Times condemned NOM for its “poisonous political approach.”  NOM additionally has been discovered inflaming hatred of Jews in order to advance its radical anti-gay-rights agenda.

One item in the NOM strategy documents that provoked derision in March, was NOM’s expressed intent to hire an anti-gay goon to lure children of same-sex parents into shit-talking their parents on camera.

At the time, it appeared NOM had made that plan, but was unable to find children of same-sex parents to defame those parents.

Yet NOM found a devious way to make it appear that they had “found” children to bear testimony against gay parents.

NOM co-founder Robert P. George arranged for $785,000 of funding for a “study” that was supposed to be an election year anti-gay-parent bloodbath. The money came from The Witherspoon Institute, where George is a Senior Fellow, and the Bradley Foundation, where he is a Board member. The Bradley Foundation is notorious, incidentally, for funding extremist anti-Muslim bigots.

Mark Regnerus, a known anti-gay theocrat and a sociologist at the University of Texas, Austin, carried out George‘s dirty anti-gay smear assignment. Regnerus’s bio on the Christian Trinity College site finds him saying that his faith — which in this case, must be read as his anti-gay bigotry — informs his research. Regnerus purported to survey children “raised” by gay parents through to the 1990s; a fundamental lie in all of his propagandizing was that actual same-sex-headed families were too hard to find, so he had to settle for broken heterosexual homes in which one parent turned out to be “gay.”

Had Regnerus wanted to find study subjects substantially raised by gay parents through the 1990s, he would have been able to find such families. Despite the prejudice, gay people in committed relationships, raising children existed at the time.  It happened, not all that rarely, that children of heterosexual parents lost to accidents or disease were raised by gay relatives.  Robert George could not be bothered to fund such a study; the $785,000 had to be guaranteed to wind up smearing gay parents in particular, and gay people generally.  NOM is the organization that holds anti-gay rallies where speakers yell through megaphones that homosexuals are “worthy to death.” NOM’s William Duncan gave a Liberty (so-called) University symposium session titled “Homosexuals or Homo Sapiens; Who Deserves Protected Class Status?”

Isn’t that special? NOM says gay people aren’t human. We should study the history of the world, to see whether any anti-minority bigot has ever previously said that the target of its bigotry was not even human.

One shocking, shabby thing is that “sociologists” from Brigham Young University were involved in the study design. Brigham Young has an “Honor Code” that 1) forbids all members of the BYU community from acting on homosexual desires, and; 2) says that no one may advocate homosexuality or promote homosexual relations as being morally acceptable.

Get it?  A study commissioned by the leader of the NOMzis for use as a weapon against gay people and their rights, was designed by “sociologists” whose university forbids them to “advocate homosexuality” or to “promote homosexual relations as being morally acceptable.”

The anti-gay fix was in, even before the study began. And, it must be noted, there is no way for anybody to “fact check” Regnerus’s data. Properly, the study protects respondents’ confidentiality. Yet, that means the public must take on faith that survey respondents answered truthfully and that no respondents were paid flunkeys. Given Robert George’s overstuffed history of behaving unethically in his gay-bashing politics, no dirty trick should be considered too low for him to unleash it. The study, indeed, is itself a dirty trick, now being promoted in dirty trick ways by George and his anti-gay political henchmen.

If you read Regnerus’s study conclusion, he nowhere directly states that a homosexual parent ipso facto provokes a bad outcome for children raised. Yet, Regnerus appears to be in synch with the predictable NOMzi & Company gay-bashing political uses being made of his study. For an ABC TV interview, Regnerus says that his study found that children of homosexual parents have dramatically worse outcomes than children of heterosexual married parents. The lying hypocrite is representing his study results to a mass audience, by claiming that his own study says things which it does not say.

And if you really want to enter into a realm of stunned disbelief of how this hayseed prostituted himself to NOM’s Robert George, get a load of his video interview with a University of Texas organ.

Here is how this chuckleheaded small fry academic explains why he did not want to do this study through the National Institute of Health: “I had a feeling when we started this project that it would not survive the politics of, in my opinion, the peer review system at the National Institute of Health (funding) — and it takes so long to get money from them, and there are revisions and revisions; I understand that works to the long-term benefit of science, but some scholars don’t feel like going that route.

Got it? Robert George‘s hinterlands academic whore did not want to submit his work for rigorous peer review that would have required him to revise, and revise, to correct glaring errors in his work. If you can stand to watch the whole video, notice Regnerus’s body language when the interviewer asks him if he knows any people who were raised by gay parents. The bigot makes a dramatic backward-leaning body motion, his head tilted back, as if in a state of total inner turmoil over having been presented with the question; when finally he returns to a normal seated position, he says “Yep” – in that gay-bashing bigot’s “Some of my best friends are gay” manner that nobody among us has ever previously heard.

Are George and his NOMzis expecting for this anti-gay hackwork to fly for them in court? Yes. George‘s Witherspoon Institute published an article: “Supreme Court Take Notice; Two Sociologists Shift the Ground of the Marriage Debate.”

The thing is, Republican anti-gay bigots are losing, and they know it.  They used to accuse President Obama of deliberately sabotaging DOMA-related cases, but Speaker John Boehner allocated over $742,000 to DOMA defense, yet his star attorney Paul Clement is 0-4, often against Republican-appointed judges who ruled DOMA unconstitutional. Absurdly, NOM is now blaming such results on “coastal elites,” a bigot dog whistle for the word “Jews.”

The NOMzis know they can’t win with the truth, so they pay $785,000 for gay-bashing lies. There is no chance that Regnerus’s hack work would hold up in a court — except of course that the Romney-signed NOM pledge calls for him, as president, to appoint only, as attorneys general, federal and Supreme Court Justices, anti-gay-rights extremists who will apply “the original meaning of the Constitution,” which did not allow women to vote, and which called each African-American slave 3/5ths of a human being.

The studies did not treat of a single married same-sex couple, yet George and his NOMzis say that they “shift the ground of the marriage debate.”

Listen; this kind of junk non-science has been used in the past in the United States, against African-Americans, against Chinese, against Jews, the list goes on . . .

It isn’t any more honorable this time around.

Robert George and his Witherspoon Institute now have a bells-and-whistles website devoted exclusively to the study. On that site, you can read gay-bashing propaganda not actually contained in the study, for example; “New studies show that children do best when they are raised by their biological parents in a stable, intact marriage.”

If we are going to be fully honest about “outcomes,” then intact heterosexual marriages have produced the overwhelming majority of major criminals. Charles Manson gang member Lynette Fromme, who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, and John Hinckley, Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan, both grew up in NOM’s cherished “intact biological families.” The overwhelming majority of pedophiles are in heterosexual marriages. Robert George‘s late, hideous co-gay basher Chuck Colson was raised in an “intact biological family;” Colson was known as Richard Nixon’s “dirty tricks man” and “hatchet man;” he once said he would walk over his own grandmother to get Nixon re-elected.  Family values; hello?  After his felony conviction and disbarment, Colson would have been hard-pressed to find a professional-level job; he found a means of getting suckers to send him money, by “finding” Jesus; you are permitted skepticism as to the sincerity of his “faith.” Raj Rajaratnam was raised in an “intact biological family; he is now serving an 11 year prison sentence for 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud.

By contrast, there is the life story of Jordan Pisey Windle. Jordan was born in Cambodia, where he was orphaned at 1 year of age. Until he was two, he survived in a roofless orphanage. Jerry Windle, an American gay man, adopted him, nurse him back to health, and now is doing everything possible to encourage his son’s precocious diving talent. This summer, at 13, Jordan is going to the Olympic trials. Meantime, Jerry started seeing Andrés Rodriguez. After they had been dating for a while, Jordan asked Andrés “Are you going to join our family? Can I call you Papi?” Do not expect for any bigot’s mind to be changed by the heartwarming story of Jerry’s adoption of Jordan. In particular, do not expect for the arch anti-gay bigot Robert George to make any effort to go meet that family, and to learn empathy for them. For one, Robert George is not enough of a mensch – he is not decent enough — ever to acknowledge how wrong he has been. Even more significantly though, Robert George is too accustomed to living off of the gay-bashing bigotry cash cow; how do you think he got $785,000 to pay a podunk academic to carry out his election year anti-gay hit job?

The George-Regnerus study, we must note, used a disproportional number of broken African-American and Hispanic marriages, meaning that a lack of resources very likely had more to do with the “bad” outcomes than did homosexuality. But why would Robert George care about that, why would Robert George care about doing something actually directed at improving child outcomes, when he can instead pin the blame for all of the “bad” outcomes on his hated homosexuals?

Daniel Wikler of the Harvard School of Public Health is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health.

Asked for comment about Robert George’s funding of Regnerus’s study, Professor Wikler said: “You can imagine what I think of these tactics.”

 

New York City– based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT– interest by– line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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{ 4 comments }

Mykelbarber June 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Sign the Change.org petition to the University of Texas – Austin concerning this academic fiasco. http://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-tex

Scott_Rose August 5, 2012 at 1:44 am

Hello: Please consider signing and sharing this petition. The petition demands that the Editorial Board of the journal Social Science Research retract the notorious, invalid, defamatory, anti-gay Regnerus gay-parenting “study.” According to the journal’s own Peer Review Policy, it takes MONTHS for the editor to locate experts to carry out peer review of submissions on esoteric topics like gay parenting. But, SSR’s editor James Wright did NOT get topic experts, the BIGOTS he had do the peer review had CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, and Regnerus’s submission was accepted for publication in only 5 &frac12; weeks, LESS TIME than the journal usually spends just to LOCATE expert peer reviewers. Be sure to read the full petition text inside the petition at this link: http://tinyurl.com/8q7ync4

Str8Grandmother June 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

Scott EXCELLENT article. many thanks.

Jessica June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

We should study the history of the world, to see whether any anti-minority bigot has ever previously said that the target of its bigotry was not even human.

Of course it's been done before– the US Constitution said that while African-Americans were property, each one counted as 3/5 of a person for purposes of determining population representation in the House of Reps. What NOM is doing is despicable, but none of it is anything new– they just keep borrowing tactics from bigots of the past.

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