Dec 9, 2010

SPLC INTELLIGENCE REPORT: MYTH #1 -- ¨Homosexuals molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals¨

10 Hateful Anti-Gay Myths Debunked
SPLC INTELLIGENCE REPORT/AlterNet
By Evelyn Schlatter and Robert Steinback

¨Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement more than 30 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize homosexuals — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society. For the former Florida beauty queen and her Save Our Children group, it was the alleged plans of gays and lesbians to “recruit” in schools that provided the fodder for their crusade. But in addition to hawking that myth, the legions of anti-gay activists who followed have added a panoply of others, ranging from the extremely doubtful claim that homosexuality is a choice, to unalloyed lies like the claims that gays molest children far more than heterosexuals or that hate crime laws will lead to the legalization of bestiality and necrophilia. These fairy tales are important to the anti-gay right because they form the basis of its claim that homosexuality is a social evil that must be suppressed — an opinion rejected by virtually all relevant medical and scientific authorities. They also almost certainly contribute to hate crime violence directed at homosexuals, who are more targeted for such attacks than any other minority in America. What follows are 10 key myths propagated by the anti-gay movement, along with the truth behind the propaganda.¨

FIRST MYTH REGARDING GAYS:

¨Homosexuals molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals.¨

THE ARGUMENT: Depicting gay men as a threat to children may be the single most potent weapon for stoking public fears about homosexuality — and for winning elections and referenda, as Anita Bryant found out during her successful 1977 campaign to overturn a Dade County, Fla., ordinance barring discrimination against gay people. Discredited psychologist Paul Cameron, the most ubiquitous purveyor of anti-gay junk science, has been a major promoter of this myth. Despite having been debunked repeatedly and very publicly, Cameron’s work is still widely relied upon by anti-gay organizations, although many no longer quote him by name.

THE FACTS: According to the American Psychological Association, “homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.” Gregory Herek, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who is one of the nation’s leading researchers on prejudice against sexual minorities, reviewed a series of studies and found no evidence that gay men molest children at higher rates than heterosexual men.

Anti-gay activists who make that claim allege that all men who molest male children should be seen as homosexual. But research by A. Nicholas Groth, a pioneer in the field of sexual abuse of children, shows that is not so. Groth found that there are two types of child molesters: fixated and regressive. The fixated child molester — the stereotypical pedophile — cannot be considered homosexual or heterosexual because “he often finds adults of either sex repulsive” and often molests children of both sexes. Regressive child molesters are generally attracted to other adults, but may “regress” to focusing on children when confronted with stressful situations. Groth found that the majority of regressed offenders were heterosexual in their adult relationships.

The Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends. Most child molesters, therefore, are not gay people lingering outside schools waiting to snatch children from the playground, as much religious-right rhetoric suggests.¨ HERE

Most days throughout this Holiday Season my blog will present you and yours with the GIFT OF TRUTH AND THE REAL FACTS regarding 10 key myths propagated by the anti-gay movement, along with the truth behind the propaganda. 

Truth is a big gift and we give thanks to our blog-world-associates Evelyn Schlatter and Robert Steinback.  Leonardo Ricardo 

·  Thanks to Evelyn Schlatter and Robert Steinback
·  Thanks to The Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute
·  Thanks to  SPLC INTELLIGENCE REPORT/AlterNet
·  Thanks to Flickr Photosharing,  Moonjazz
·  Thanks to The Reverend Dr. Jerry Maneker  HERE
·  Thanks to Professor Gregory Herek, University of California, Davis
·  Thanks to  A Christian Voice for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender, sidebar


4 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Excellent post, Brother Leonardo. It's interesting to read about the two types of molesters. Keep up the good work.

fs said...

Leonardo, forgive me for just popping in out of the blue like this, but I hope you've been watching Rachel Maddow's interviews with David Bahati, author of the Ugandan Kill the Gays bill.

There's a Huffington Post write-up with embedded videos here, and you can watch the Rachel Maddow show here.

In tonight's program, she shows part of the interview where Bahati admits that he is a member of The Family -- the C Street gang -- and she also interviews Jeff Sharlet who wrote two books about the C Streeters.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Dear Fs and Grandmere Mimi,

Thanks for ¨popping¨ in, as I´m always happy to see you appear before me.

I saw one of the Bahati-Maddow discussions so far. The fellow actually seemed like he was trying very hard to be sincere, which was sad in the face of the ignorant and unfounded/documented ¨smears¨ he was making against LGBTI people in Africa and ¨Americans with money¨ who are ¨coverting children¨ with $$$ for sex in Ugandan schools...crazy as a loon, which is also sad but DANGEROUS in a explosive country with much civil rest, child slavery, child witchburning and vertical corruption--it´s hard for me not to want to scream liar, liar and the screen when he´s being ¨resonable¨ spewing such obvious hate-generating lunacy. BTW two male students were attacked by a mob (and arrested) for being ¨suspected of being Gay) at the leading Makerere University yesterday--arrested for BEING attacked and nearly lynched...these anti-lgbti ¨Christian¨ thugs/attackers are foaming at the mouth in Uganda and Archbishop Orombi IS Bahatis ¨spiritual conselor¨--all is very sick because the PERSECUTION of LGBTI Africans is initiated by preaching at CHURCH!

fs said...

He seemed rather robotic, didn't he? Sometimes people get like that when they're trying very hard to override their conscience.

It's so much cleaner and freer and more alive to just be real and good. Homophobia is so clogged, so unloving, so anti-life.

As always, I love your righteous passion in the face of this evil, Leonardo. Who/what would we be without your kind of passion? Jesus had it and wasn't afraid to show it when needed. Keep it real, friend. And stay mellow in your beautiful life with Juan Carlos in the village that rests at the foot of the talking volcano.