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Gay Rights: Why Is Princeton University’s President Shielding NOM’s Founder?



Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman refuses to address the fact that a professor under her tenure practices anti-gay hate and uses his position at Princeton University to falsely give credence to his work.





Shirley M. Tilghman, President
Princeton University 

President Tlighman:

This regards your unconscionable cowardice and/or lack of good character in so far refusing publicly to condemn the malicious nationwide political gay bashing of Princeton University Professor Robert George. I sent you an e-mail in this regard, which you ignored. Separately, I sent an e-mail to Princeton University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua; he also ignored my e-mail. I then called his office; he happened to pick up, acknowledged receipt of my e-mail and said that you would not be commenting.

As a regular contributor to The Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism, I know that one of the most urgently important lessons of the Holocaust is that a society must not wait until the lowest imaginable degradation of ignorance-fueled anti-minority prejudice is reached before taking a stand against such dangerous prejudices.

Though Princeton Professor Robert P. George is not qualified to speak scientifically about the psychology of sexual orientation, he presumes authority to speak on the topic as though he were an expert in it. Many of his published academic papers and articles are actually anti-gay hate literature that have only been published in academic journals and elsewhere because of the ongoing prevalence of ignorance-fueled anti-gay prejudice in the society.

It should nonetheless concern Princeton University when one of its supposed star scholars is publishing junk scholarship with the Princeton University brand name attached. Your institution’s integrity is on the line. By way of example I am going to cite footnote number 10 in Princeton University Professor Robert George’s notorious anti-gay hate essay “What is Marriage?” This scurrilous anti-gay hate literature was co-written by a Princeton Ph.D. candidate, meaning, at Princeton, Professor George is grooming a new generation to perpetuate a corrosive and harmful ignorance-fueled prejudice. Professor George in the aforementioned footnote wrote, “Throughout history, no society’s laws have explicitly forbidden gay marriage. They have not explicitly forbidden it because, until recently, it has not been thought possible.”

The Roman emperors Nero and Elagabalus each were married to men in public ceremonies described by such scribes as Cicero. At a later date, the Theodosian Code (9.7.3) made illegal such same sex relations. Were it not for the Romans one might point at the tradition of berdaches in the cultures of various Native American tribes. If berdaches’ domestic relationships did not correspond precisely to contemporary American marital relationships, neither did Native Americans’ heterosexual marriage-like domestic arrangements.

The cultures of ancient Rome and of the Native Americans hardly exhaust historical examples of same sex relationships being endorsed by societies. While the evidence from ancient Egypt remains incomplete, surviving Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom accounts and other evidence suggest that homosexuality in those periods extended in significance beyond mere physical relations. And, I have not yet mentioned ritualized female pairings among the Nuer of Sudan or ritualized male pairings in the Azande culture.  I trust that you know at least something about historical same-sex relationships in China and Japan.

My main point in this to you is that Princeton University Professor Robert George ignored mountainous scholarship in the field of Cultural Anthropology to allege that ritualized same sex unions had throughout history not existed. He did so in the pages of an academic journal, using his Princeton University associations as credentials, and in order to perpetuate anti-scientific, anti-fact, anti-gay prejudices. Note, please, that Professor George has had professional associations with the anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family, one of whose officials, Tom Minnery was on the floor of the United States Senate during a hearing when under oath called out for falsifying evidence about gay human beings, with intent to see discrimination against them perpetuated in the United States.

While each and every aspect of the very serious injuries Princeton’s Professor Robert George causes to be inflicted on his victims nationwide and beyond is of extreme concern, perhaps no aspect is quite so shocking as Professor George’s complicity in perpetuating nationwide school environments hostile to young LGBT human beings. The website of Professor George’s American Principles Project includes articles that rail against the teaching of humane acceptance values in public schools, with the reason given being that teaching acceptance values are “subterfuges” to promote acceptance of gay human beings. Professor George is publishing this anti-gay hate literature in a social climate where some people of influence state that anti-gay bullying is a “healthy” form of peer pressure. Dr. Rich Swier, who promotes the idea that anti-gay bullying is a “healthy” form of peer pressure, enthusiastically cites Princeton Professor Robert George’s writings on his blog. Here in case you missed the story is a report about the recent anti-gay bullycide of Jamey Rodemeyer.

NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, an organization Professor George started and of which he is Chairman Emeritus, is currently engaging in anti-gay politicking in the very district where Jamey Rodemeyer fell victim to anti-gay bullying. Professor George’s vigorous and sustained activity in this field runs counter to the policies and recommendations issued by every major modern medical and psychological association including the AMA. If you are not familiar with what a student victim of this ignorance suffers, please read my article “Gay Florida Teen, Harassed by Teacher, Tortured by Students, Denied Justice.”

We shall not remain silent while . . . even in the midst of an epidemic of bullycides among gay American teenagers . . .. Princeton University officials continue to enable the monster bigot Professor Robert George.

At this link is the online petition calling for you and other Princeton University Board of Trustee members to repudiate Professor Robert George’s ignorance-fueled anti-gay prejudices. Jamey Rodemeyer couldn’t sign the petition because he is dead. Who knows? Maybe one day he could have attended Princeton.

Shame on you, Princeton University President Tilghman. Shame.


Editor’s note: President Tilghman and her office have not responded to repeated requests for comment.


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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‘Supposed to Be Hard’: Political Experts Explain Their Thinking on Biden and the Election



Two weeks after the political class’s response to President Joe Biden’s poor debate performance threw the 2024 election into chaos, four political experts share their thinking about where the race actually stands and what Biden’s supporters should do.

“He can’t win right!? They point to the polling right?” wrote political strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher, a frequent NBC News/MSNBC political analyst, linking to a report about the latest polls which show President Biden ahead of Donald Trump. “Well this is the 2nd poll (credible poll) in 2 days showing the Pres race in statistical deadlock two weeks after debate! Using polls to push Biden out feels like red wave 2020 bs all over again.”

Belcher was commenting on the latest Marist College poll produced for NPR/PBS NewsHour. It found Biden beating Trump 50-48 in a one-to-one matchup. When factoring in the four third-party/independent candidates including RFK Jr., Trump came out ahead of Biden, 43-42.

FiveThirtyEight’s regularly updated polling aggregator currently shows Trump up over Biden by 1.9 points, a drop from Thursday where he was more than two points over Biden. FiveThirtyEight also currently shows; “Biden wins 50 times out of 100 in our simulations of the 2024 presidential election. Trump wins 49 times out of 100.”

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Former Republican and former GOP communications director Tara Setmayer, a resident scholar at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, says the Democratic “freak out needs to stop.”


Pointing to that same Marist poll, she focuses on a different question.

“This poll also shows character matters more than age. That’s to Biden’s advantage.”

NPR’s headline on its article detailing the poll reads: “After Biden’s debate performance, the presidential race is unchanged.”

“Biden actually gained a point since last month’s survey, which was taken before the debate,” NPR reports, adding: “the survey also found that by a 2-to-1 margin, 68% to 32%, people said it’s more concerning to have a president who doesn’t tell the truth than one who might be too old to serve.”

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To Setmayer’s point, NPR also says, “A majority said Biden has the character to be president (52%), while a majority also said Trump does not (56%).”

Mike Madrid, the Latino GOP political consultant and Lincoln Project co-founder, offered advice to Biden supporters on how to think about Democrats and pundits pushing for the President to drop out of the race, and how to deal with the day-to-day emotional toll.

“Getting lots of questions on how to lower the anxiety level people are feeling. Best thing you can do is unfollow the people attacking Biden gratuitously. Don’t engage them. Unfollow them. It’s not an honest discussion. It’s a frenzy that’s doing real damage.”

“You will not get an explanation from the political arsonists fueling this panic,” he added. “Stop looking for one. Unfollow them. Drop your subscription. Quit listening. That’s the best thing you can do in the pro-democracy fight right now. Their gaslighting is now a suppression tactic.”

To someone who said they are “scared,” and the situation is “confusing, maddening and sad,” Madrid advised: “Nothing has changed. Stop watching TV and get off Twitter. Take the weekend off. Please.”

The Lincoln Project’s Stuart Stevens, a political strategist for decades and author of “The Conspiracy To End America,” writes: “I worked in campaigns for 30 years. I am hardwired to respond one way when your guy is in trouble: fight harder. Don’t start looking for exit ramps or magic bullets. Play the next play. Do your job. Ignore the scoreboard. It’s supposed to be hard.”

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RFK Jr. Apology Over Sexual Assault Allegation ‘Disingenuous’ – Unsure if More to Come



Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the independent candidate running for president, has apologized to the woman who accused him of sexual assault, and separately told reporters he does not know if there are more potential accusers.

The 70-year old anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist who has said a worm ate a portion of his brain, has not denied allegations of sexual misconduct. A recent Vanity Fair profile reports that in 1998, Eliza Cooney, 23-years old at the time and working as a part-time baby sitter for RFK Jr. and his wife’s children, felt his “hand moving up and down her leg under the table” during “a meeting in the family kitchen.”

There are other allegations in the Vanity Fair profile that include Kennedy being shirtless in Cooney’s bedroom and asking her to rub lotion on his back, which she said was “totally inappropriate.”

And this: “A few months later, Cooney says, she was rifling through the kitchen pantry for lunch after a yoga class, still in her sports bra and leggings, when Kennedy came up behind her, blocked her inside the room, and began groping her, putting his hands on her hips and sliding them up along her rib cage and breasts. ‘My back was to the door of the pantry, and he came up behind me,’ she says, describing the alleged sexual assault. ‘I was frozen. Shocked.’ ”

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The Washington Post Friday morning reported RFK Jr. “privately apologized to a woman who accused him of sexual assault, saying he does not remember the alleged incident and that any harm he caused was ‘inadvertent.’ ”

“’I have no memory of this incident but I apologize sincerely for anything I ever did that made you feel uncomfortable or anything I did or said that offended you or hurt your feelings,’ Kennedy wrote in a text message to Cooney sent at 12:33 a.m. on July 4, two days after her accusations became public. ‘I never intended you any harm. If I hurt you, it was inadvertent. I feel badly for doing so.’ ”

Cooney told The Post that Kennedy’s texted message was “disingenuous and arrogant.”

“I’m not sure how somebody has a true apology for something that they don’t admit to recalling. I did not get a sense of remorse.”

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Also on Friday, hidden in the middle of a Boston Globe soft profile of the presidential candidate whose support has reportedly now hit ten percent – possibly enough to change the outcome of the election – is Kennedy’s apparent acknowledgment there could be more allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Asked if other women might come forward with similar allegations he said, ‘I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.’ ”

The Globe notes Kennedy “is currently on the ballot in nine states, and submitted enough signatures to eventually get on the ballot in 15 states. There are five other states where the campaign claims to have enough signatures but hasn’t turned in them in yet, in some cases because the window to do so hasn’t opened.”

FiveThirtyEight reports there is a 58% chance the election “is decided by a smaller margin than the vote share for third-party candidates,” meaning Kennedy, who has the largest portion of third party votes, may have the potential to change the election outcome.

In a parenthetical addition, Vanity Fair updated its report, writing: “After this story was published, Kennedy told the Breaking Points podcast, in response to Cooney’s allegations, that he is ‘not a church boy… I have so many skeletons in my closet.’ When pressed to respond directly to her claims, he told the anchor, ‘I’m not going to comment on it.’ ”

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Critics: Where’s Trump’s Hour-Long Press Conference With Policy Questions from Reporters?



Following President Joe Biden’s 58-minute long unscripted, solo press conference without a teleprompter, fielding questions from reporters and responding with nuance and depth on a range of issues including foreign and domestic policy, some critics are calling on his opponent, ex-president Donald Trump, to do the same.

It’s been a long time since Trump has held an actual unscripted, lengthy, solo press conference, with questions from reporters, and well-over a year since he did one that wasn’t centered on his legal crises.

“When is last time Trump did an hour long press conference? Anyone know?” asked Bloomberg News’ Steven Dennis Thursday night after the President’s press conference.

“So now the media will demand that Trump hold an hour-long press conference on complex foreign policy issues — right?” snarked attorney and legal commentator Tristan Snell, who headed the successful New York State civil prosecution of Trump University.

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“Trump is getting a free pass just like he did in 2016. No way he could do a press conference for 40 minutes after 3 long days with world leaders. He is incoherent most of time when he’s not spewing bile,” declared CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney Friday morning.

“It’s now time for the corporate media to dissect every word Trump says for the next two weeks, have debates on his mental state, amplify the small number of Republicans who want Trump to drop out and demand he hold a press conference where we can dissect him even more,” remarked attorney and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah Friday morning.

“Per CSPAN last time Trump held a press conference that approached an hour in length at which he took questions from reporters, he was still president,” observed Aaron Fritschner, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) Friday morning.

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He adds, “Per the CSPAN archive, the last time Donald Trump took questions from reporters in a press conference was on February 8th. National and campaign reporters made an issue of the lack of press conferences with Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. To date, they have not done so with Trump.”

On November 8, 2022, from Mar-a-Lago, after polls closed, Donald Trump delivered remarks discussing the midterm elections. He spoke for about four minutes to supporters and took no questions from reporters, whom he mocked. (Full C-SPAN video.)

Semafor’s David Weigel argues, “A lot of the ‘whatabout Trump’ stuff is cope, but he really is getting an easy ride with interviewers compared to 2016 or 2020.”

“Most of his interviews are softball-fests. When he did All-In the campaign had to clean up his green card/diploma answer.”

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