If you've ever found yourself on the wrong end of debate supporting the latest superfluous legislation from Republicans to define marriage, require
state approval for fertility treatments or outlaw consensual sex acts between adults, chances are you relied in part on the queer ideas of this
Meet Paul Cameron, the straightest man in America
Denial aint just a river in Egypt, mkay?
Paul Drummund Cameron (all honorariums revoked
The Family Research Institute
in 1982, with a clearly defined mission.
The Family Research Institute was founded in 1982 with one overriding mission: to generate empirical research on issues that threaten the traditional
family, particularly homosexuality, AIDS, sexual social policy, and drug abuse. FRI believes that published scientific material has a profound impact,
both in the United States and around the world.
In short, to make stuff up and provide it to America's leading hate groups with the same "family" fetish as his own like
The Family Research Council
Focus on the Family
The Christian Coalition
But the real beauty of Cameron's "research" is Christianity is no longer required to pass moral judgement on minorities since his
theories have found such welcome among the anti-expert experts like conspiracy theorist and moustache buddy Joseph Farah, who
happens to run the largest outlet of conservative "news" on the Internet, World Net Daily.
For such a straight slant, that's a lot of gay stuff. I wonder if Matt Drudge has ever run into these guys in a moderate bar.
But what moustache buddies do on their own time is none of my business. Or theirs. And that's the point. Although, the stuff they try to pass off to
the public as research? Well, that's another thing.
Though Cammy (may I call you Cammy?) describes himself as a "Researcher/Clinician" similar to the way I describe myself as a "Bootyologist/Field
Expert," the fact is he's just a guy on the Internet, just
like me (well, not quite).
The difference is, no matter how much his frankly laughable causal work is discredited by experts, judges and civilized society alike...
On December 2, 1983, the American Psychological Association sent Paul Cameron a letter informing him that he had been dropped from membership.
Early in 1984, all members of the American Psychological Association received official written notice that "Paul Cameron (Nebraska) was dropped from
membership for a violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists" by the APA Board of Directors.5 Cameron has posted an
elaborate argument about his expulsion from APA on his website, claiming that he resigned from APA before he was dropped from membership. Like most
organizations, however, APA does not allow a member to resign when they are being investigated. And even if Cameron's claims were accepted as true,
it would be remarkable that the largest professional organization of psychologists in the United States (and other professional associations, as noted
below) went to such lengths to disassociate itself from one individual.
At its membership meeting on October 19, 1984, the Nebraska Psychological Association adopted a resolution stating that it "formally disassociates
itself from the representations and interpretations of scientific literature offered by Dr. Paul Cameron in his writings and public statements on
In 1985, the American Sociological Association (ASA) adopted a resolution which asserted that "Dr. Paul Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and
misrepresented sociological research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism" and noted that "Dr. Paul Cameron has repeatedly campaigned for the
abrogation of the civil rights of lesbians and gay men, substantiating his call on the basis of his distorted interpretation of this research."7 The
resolution formally charged an ASA committee with the task of "critically evaluating and publicly responding to the work of Dr. Paul Cameron."
At its August, 1986 meeting, the ASA officially accepted the committee's report and passed the following resolution:
The American Sociological Association officially and publicly states that Paul Cameron is not a sociologist, and condemns his consistent
misrepresentation of sociological research. Information on this action and a copy of the report by the Committee on the Status of Homosexuals in
Sociology, "The Paul Cameron Case," is to be published in Footnotes, and be sent to the officers of all regional and state sociological associations
and to the Canadian Sociological Association with a request that they alert their members to Cameron's frequent lecture and media appearances."8
Cameron's credibility was also questioned outside of academia. In his written opinion in Baker v. Wade (1985), Judge Buchmeyer of the U.S. District
Court of Dallas referred to "Cameron's sworn statement that 'homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do
heterosexuals,'" and concluded that "Dr. Paul Cameron...has himself made misrepresentations to this Court" and that "There has been no fraud or
misrepresentations except by Dr. Cameron" (p.536).9
...He persists as the wellhead of "expertise" alllllllllll
over the Internet constantly cited to validate those heebie jeebies homophobics
get over people they don't know doing things they can only imagine
(all too well) shortly before another legislative binge strikes their
misinformed authoritarian fancies.
Of course, it could be
(as many including Cameron claim) just a giant conspiracy by everyone on the planet that knows what they're talking
about to discredit the last straight man
But I doubt it.
[edit on 11-10-2005 by RANT]