Connect with us

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

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

OPINION

‘Unmitigated Disaster’: Conservatives Stunned by ‘Clinically-Insane Trump Speech’

Published

on

The fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Thursday is being panned by pundits, political strategists, grassroots voters, and even some in the press, as many express shock and condemnation over Donald Trump’s presidential nomination acceptance speech, or, as one critic put it, the “clinically-insane Trump speech.”

Chris Wallace, the former long-time Fox News anchor turned CNN commentator declared he was “disappointed,” and suggested Trump’s 90+ minute speech (transcript) helped President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.

Trump’s speech got off to a good start, Wallace said, but after awhile the GOP nominee, “couldn’t keep up the act, and so we started hearing about ‘crazy Nancy Pelosi,’ and cheating on elections, and talking about Biden. Frankly, it was a long speech, it was a rambling speech, it was a speech by an older man and I couldn’t help but think that the people who are going to be happiest tonight are not the people at Trump headquarters, but the Democrats, maybe at Biden headquarters, maybe at the headquarters of the people who think they are going to replace Joe Biden, but Jake, we have ourselves a presidential campaign again.”

READ MORE: ‘Stop the Attacks’: 1400 Black Women Leaders Demand DNC Support Biden and Harris

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale reported Trump delivered at least 22 “falsehoods” during his remarks, including that when he left office, “the world was at peace.”


Even The New York Times, which critics say has often ignored or whitewashed Trump’s worst remarks and weaknesses while focusing on President Biden’s – to the point of calling for Biden’s exit but not Trump’s – ran this headline overnight, invoking the ex-president’s 2017 inauguration speech: “Trump Struggles to Turn the Page on ‘American Carnage’.”

“On the last night of the G.O.P. convention on Thursday, Donald J. Trump promised to bridge political divides, and then returned to delighting in deepening them,” the paper of record reported.

Meanwhile, conservatives – former Republicans and current, Never-Trump Republicans – led the criticism on social media Thursday night and into Friday morning.

The Lincoln Project’s Stuart Stevens, a top political strategist and former Republican, panned Thursday night’s GOP convention: “A man who beat his wife introduced a Republican nominee found liable of sexual assault the judge called rape. And the Republican Party thinks it’s great.”

“I’ve watched thousands of political speeches in thirty years in the business. This was by far the worst,” observed Mike Madrid, the Latino GOP political consultant and Lincoln Project co-founder, calling it “an unmitigated disaster.”

“Is anyone else seeing this with their own eyes?” Madrid asked on social media, referring to Trump’s speech. “Maybe, just maybe, this is what independent voters saw at the debate.”

“The [media’s] gonna call for his withdrawal after witnessing this obvious cognitive decline right?” Madrid also asked.

READ MORE: ‘Democratic Machine’ Strategists Behind Move to Oust Biden: Ex-Congressman

He summed it up in one word: “Fiasco.”

Former Republican U.S. Congressman Denver Riggleman declared: “Media should demand Trump step down based on mental issues and incoherence.”

Fred Wellman, the former Lincoln Project executive director had a few words for top Democratic donors dissatisfied with President Joe Biden: “Hey Democratic big donors! Shut up and get back to work. Jesus. We are going to beat this loser like a drum.”

“The View” co-host Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, a Republican who opposes Donald Trump wrote: “If this clinically-insane Trump speech does not get Democrats out of their defeatist doldrums, and focused and energized around electing their nominee -instead of tearing him down- I don’t know what will.”

She added, “And you all are screaming that Biden has dementia….?”

Former Republican Rick Wilson, an award-winning political TV ad expert and Lincoln Project co-founder decimated Trump’s speech and invoked the nominee’s top campaign chiefs:

“Trump’s speech was, objectively, the single worst convention acceptance speech in modern history. It was a ramblefuck disaster from start to its long-delayed finish, and nothing is going to make it better. You know. I know it. LaCivita and Wiles know it. Utter disaster.”

Former Republican U.S. Congressman Joe Walsh added, “And one more thing: I don’t want to hear anyone in the media talk about Biden’s cognitive decline without also talking about Trump’s cognitive decline. Thanks.”

Republican Sarah Longwell, a political strategist and publisher of the conservative news and opinion site The Bulwark, commented throughout Trump’s speech.

“What would [you] say this speech is about?” she asked toward the end. Minutes earlier she remarked, “Rambling man.” And: “I dunno, this weirdo seems pretty beatable.”

Watch the videos above or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Have to Stop This Psychopath’: Conway Launches PAC Focused on Trump ‘Mental Instability’

Continue Reading

News

‘Stop the Attacks’: 1400 Black Women Leaders Demand DNC Support Biden and Harris

Published

on

Amid reports of multiple top Democrats telling President Joe Biden he should end his reelection campaign, largely based on polling, more than 1400 Black women leaders and allies have sent Democratic Party leaders a letter demanding they support Biden, the presumptive nominee, and his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris.

Calling the efforts to oust President Biden “unjust and undemocratic,” the letter states: “The Biden-Harris Administration is running on a solid record of historic legislative accomplishments and a commitment to finish their agenda to improve the lives of all Americans, protect our rights, freedoms and democracy. Further, we believe it is unfair and disruptive to judge President Biden for having a bad 90-minute debate performance against a serial liar who wants to destroy our democracy and be a dictator-in-chief.”

“Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stop the attacks against their own presidential nominee that ‘we the people’ voted for and focus on defeating the real threat to our democracy and that is Donald Trump,” they say.

READ MORE: ‘Democratic Machine’ Strategists Behind Move to Oust Biden: Ex-Congressman

The Hill reported on the letter Thursday afternoon.

No political affiliation was indicated.

Its signatories include attorney Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former Atlanta mayor and former Biden Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black American woman elected to the Senate.

The letter also states the women “are writing to share our deep concern and dismay at the lack of unity being displayed by some of our elected democrats and Democratic Party leadership, who are not standing firmly and resolutely for the re-election of President Joseph Biden and his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris.”

“During the primary election process held across the country earlier this year, 14 million Americans cast ballots for President Biden and Vice President Harris. They are the duly elected democratic party nominees for the 2024 Presidential election. We reject all efforts to disregard this fact or to circumvent the will of millions of voters who participated in a democratic process. The primaries held earlier this year were the appropriate time to challenge candidates for the nomination and press arguments about qualifications. The suggestion that any candidate who won their primary should simply step aside because victory appears difficult at the moment is disrespectful to the voters, unjust and undemocratic.

READ MORE: ‘Have to Stop This Psychopath’: Conway Launches PAC Focused on Trump ‘Mental Instability’

A small selection of other signatories include:

Political strategist and former acting DNC chair Donna Brazile

Former NAACP national president Hazel Dukes

LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter

Actress and producer Vivica Fox

Attorney CK Hoffler, former Chair of the National Bar Association

Star Jones, former co-host of “The View”

Tennessee state Rep. Karen Camper, the Democratic Minority Leader

Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Chief Operating Officer of the National Council of Churches

North Carolina State Senator Kandie Smith

Regina Goodwin, Oklahoma state Rep. from 2015 to 2024, now state Senator-elect

READ MORE: ‘Wake Up People’: Trump ‘Elevating Criminals’ as MAGA Wants to ‘Wreck America’ Says Expert

 

Continue Reading

News

‘Democratic Machine’ Strategists Behind Move to Oust Biden: Ex-Congressman

Published

on

Former Republican U.S. Congressman David Jolly says the people trying to push President Joe Biden out of the 2024 election are not the voters but the “Democratic Machine,” political operatives like strategists and pollsters, and he warns that the “Biden coalition” is not just “transferable” to another candidate.

“What they have done is kneecap their own nominee,” Jolly, no longer a Republican, said Thursday on MSNBC. “And so is it past the point of no return? Maybe? Maybe not.”

Revealing he spoke with “someone exceedingly close to the President himself just last night,” Jolly says, “the message was very much what you heard from Quentin Fulks, nothing had actually changed.” Fulks is the Biden-Harris Principal Deputy Campaign Manager.

He says “the final chapter” of the effort to oust President Biden came “yesterday with the Adam Schiff release. Adam Schiff, somebody who will win his Senate race by 30 points had no reason to comment on this race, like [Senators] Jon Tester in Montana or Sherrod Brown in Ohio,” who are at risk of losing re-election.

Schiff on Wednesday publicly called for President Biden to exit the race.

READ MORE: ‘Have to Stop This Psychopath’: Conway Launches PAC Focused on Trump ‘Mental Instability’

“They had Adam Schiff use his political capital, because he can lose ten points by walking the plank a bit on this, and then they increase leaks around Speaker Pelosi and around Schumer and then the Obama story today.”

He added, “we can quickly dismiss polls and we should, but at the same time, they reflect a certain sentiment. Many Democrats are concerned, they’re worried, and so the Democratic machine will say, ‘look, three out of four Democrats want him out.’ But again, the head to head says, ‘Well, if he’s still our guy, still our guy. and we’re going all the way.’ ”

Jolly continued, saying, “there are voters that are going to be angry about what the machines are doing and here would be my biggest caution to the Democrats that are pulling off this fix: The Biden coalition is not fully transferable. The Biden coalition emerged out of the anti-Trump coalition. And what Democratic operatives believe today is that the anti-Trump coalition will be enough that whomever succeeds Biden can beat Trump. I don’t know that that’s the case. Because there are enough independents and unaffiliated voters who are proudly part of the Biden coalition today, who as you just pointed out, are watching the Democratic machine say that Democratic voters, ‘your voice doesn’t matter. ‘That’s hard to attract people back to the Democratic coalition after you implode.”

Jolly concluded, “the party is controlled by the machine. They controlled the machine to nominate Biden, and now they’re using the machine to control his exit. And my point is the members of the Biden coalition that performs, the non-Democratic Biden coalition members, are now looking at this saying, ‘what is different about a Democratic machine that controls the outcome, everything, versus a Republican machine that controls it?’ I agree. I think the fix was in before and I think the fix is in now.”

READ MORE: ‘Wake Up People’: Trump ‘Elevating Criminals’ as MAGA Wants to ‘Wreck America’ Says Expert

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 AlterNet Media.