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Homophobic Conservative Really Angry About Homophobia Study

by David Badash on April 11, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Brent Bozell is really angry about the recent study examining the causes of homophobia, which found that homophobes — people who hate homosexuals — hate “the gays” maybe because they are gay, and their authoritarian parents may be largely to blame. Several other studies, too, have come to exactly the same conclusion.

Bozell, a Fox New frequent contributor, self-created media watchdog, and founder and president of the Media Research Center, discounts and denounces the new homophobia study as “intellectual intimidation and political bullying,” “laughable,” “psychobabble mumbo-jumbo,” and a “wheelbarrow full of nonsense.” Bozell writes:

The news is stuffed with “studies” in which “experts” tell us how we should behave. One recently found that conservatives have lost their trust in science over the last 40 years. That’s probably because the very political academics of science are routinely summoned to prove the right-wingers are not only wrong but dangerously wrong and not just dangerously wrong but evil, too.

These studies are laughable.

First, there was the study purporting to prove that conservatism appeals to low-intelligence racists “who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.” Then there was the scientific study that parents should be allowed to kill their newborn babies because they were “morally irrelevant.”

The latest doozy tries to spread science on the notion that “homophobia” is just the conservative’s resistance to his own repressed latent homosexuality.

He asks:

What if you’re a religious parent who feels that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful, at odds with what God intended for humanity? These academics don’t like to discuss religion, except by implying that religious parents are “controlling” and “authoritarian” and prompt “hateful” attitudes.

Secular leftists hate it when conservatives bring religion into politics, arguing it’s unfair to say God favors the Republican agenda. But then they turn around and bring science into politics, insisting that science favors the liberal agenda, that “reality has a liberal bias.”

What Bozell, who, by the way just days before Christmas last year went on Fox News and called President Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead,” doesn’t quite get is there’s a difference between a religious opposition to homosexuality — however misguided and anti-Christian that is — and virulent homophobia. Bozell is an extremist and doesn’t understand degrees.

Bozell is also a board member of the Culture And Media Institute (CMI), the folks who one year ago went off the deep end over J. Crew head Jenna Lyons pink toenailed little boy. Bozell, who is also a board member of the Catholic League and owns the sleazy faux journalism site, NewsBusters, is an extremist.

From climate change to evolution to President Obama’s birth certificate, today’s conservatives, unlike their predecessors, are in denial about a great many scientifically-proven facts. It’s called willful ignorance, and it’s killing America — and LGBT children, who are forced to see and hear anti-gay hate day in and day out.


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Mykelbarber April 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

Bozell and his ilk are Christian terrorists and should be on the FBI watch list.

Goose09 April 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

Psychobabble mumbo-jumbo. Does he realize how ignorant that makes him sound? I'm a psych major and I would say at least 75% of the research I read is just common sense type information. If you dig through the language it makes perfect sense. People who are homophobic might be gay themselves, and if they had parents that were overbearing, the kids could grow up hating themselves. This leads either to suicide or a repression of those feelings. When you repress feelings, there's only one way to get rid of them: you have to turn them outward, and that's exactly what some of these homophobes do. See? Not that hard to understand…

Rsyk April 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

It's called reaction formation, and it is a supported psychological theory. Though it doesn't just apply to homophobia. Any feelings of intense hatred towards actions or beliefs may be a defensive reaction to similar personal feelings.
What percentage of homophobes this applies to, I'm not sure. It depends largely on how one classifies a homophobe.

Also, the study in question is absolutely horrible as far as methodology goes. But there are other studies that stay exactly the same thing.

Alex_Parrish April 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Methinks milady doth protest too much…

ottomarcos April 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Another F-word "News" regular who wouldn't recognize facts if they bit him on his gay-baiting, prejudiced ass!

Brian_B April 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I agree with Rysk (above) that the study was weak. It shouldn't have been held up as an example of good research on the issue, although the conclusion was largely the same.

Unfortunately, this sort of material makes it easy for other writers (of this article, for instance) to oversimplified matters. An attraction to the same sex does not equate with being gay. Keep in mind that attraction can be felt to many different degrees without disrupting an individual's self-identity — it's possible for a man to be attracted to a close friend, for example, but otherwise have no interest in sexual contact with any other male. Disseminating this sort of misunderstanding only serves to cause more harm.

iggie75 April 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

He sure protests a lot! Wonder if he'd be willing to come prove the theory wrong? I bet not.

tat0010 April 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Another slanted one sided attempt at "journalism"
I'm against the promotion of the "gay lifestyle" , so I must hate gay people. Then I must be gay. Better tell my wife…. please stop the ignorance.
I do hate cigarettes… Does that mean I want to smoke or I want to be a cigarette. Not use to this kind of "logic".

bgryphon April 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Your ability to mangle the basics of logic and reasoning continue to amaze me. The study found correlations between some bigots and their repressed same-sex desires (hardly surprising; Shakespeare summed it up with "methinks he doth protest too much"). Since I have not had the opportunity to dissect the study and the data behind it, I can not say I agree with every one of its findings. But I certainly can't dismiss it (as you and others have) on the basis that I don't like the conclusions.

You are the funniest visitor here in a long time- almost makes me glad you broke your promise to leave .

weshlovrcm April 12, 2012 at 2:28 am

Homophobia is a sin like lying, stealing and murder. The only solution is to repent. Otherwise, promoting/celebrating homophobia makes as much sense as promoting/celebrating rape, adultery and alcoholism.

weshlovrcm April 12, 2012 at 2:26 am

Sounds like more mumbo-jumbo by angry anti-gay activist Bozell to justify his continued living in the sinful anti-gay lifestyle. It also sounds like the Holy Spirit is trying desperately to convict his heart about something. Will he listen or continue justifying his sin of homophobia?

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