Unbelievable is the term most of us would use for the Family Research Institute's Dr. Paul Cameron. On the other hand, the anti-gay-rights, anti-same-sex-marriage, anti-gay-adoption folk would probably use credible scientific proof.
The gist of the article is that Cameron's self-published (on his Website in pay-per-page journals) claims are the basis for much of the most reactionary right's justification for their positions. Despite his being tossed out of state and the national psychologists' professional groups for shoddy research and outright lies, Cameron has a loyal following and is widely cited.
Note: Cameron will even split hairs when he is called on his actions. Test your credibility here.
This has even crept into President Bush's pronouncements, as ''Studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman." That simply is untrue. In fact, evidence strongly supports that having two stable parents is best for a kid. But if you hate the idea of homosexuality, that is not what you want to say or accept.
Cameron is savvy enough to know that the phrase "peer-reviewed" is powerful to those of us not in the scientific community. To publish his skewed pseudo-research as such, he chooses a marginal journal, Psychological Reports, in Montana. It claims to be reviewed by shrinks. However, reviewers do not have veto power as they do in serious journals, and this one prints what it gets, so long as you pay $27.50 per page.
The slimiest sleaze though in not that Cameron makes up research and conclusions to match his admitted hatred of homosexuals. It is that his research's distribution and PR is done by Gary L. McCullough.
And for McCullough's credentials, think:
- Anti-abortion activist with Operation Rescue
- Press agent for Terri Schiavo's parents
- Force behind releasing the staged videotape of Terri
- PR wiz who initiated false claims that Michael Schiavo beat his wife
For Cameron, check out his news releases here. As Cameron's flack, he has announced:
- Gays 6X More Expensive Than Smokers says Family Research Institute
- Gays Twice as Apt to Drive Under the Influence says Family Research Institute
- Gay Foster Parents More Apt to Molest
- Weird Behavior Among Gays Due to Mental Illness? Asks Family Research Institute
- Family Research Institute: Discrimination Does Not Cause Gays to Abuse Drugs
- Family Research Institute: CDC Study -- Gays More Criminal
- Family Research Institute: New Study Shows that Gays Live 20 Fewer Years
For motivation, Kranish notes:
In several interviews and e-mail exchanges, Cameron made no effort to hide his view of gays and lesbians.Cameron claims much, proves nothing, but remains influential. From what we see, he fills an emotional need. We understand how people would like justification for their raw, destructive feelings of distaste, disdain, disrespect, distrust, and detestation. Otherwise, they might have to look within and see what needs fixing.
He said his research is meant to warn that gays and lesbians and those sympathetic to them are people he calls ''death marketers." ''I am not sure how long they will take to destroy the US from within, but sufficiently weakened, the US will probably fall to another state before that occurs," Cameron wrote via e-mail.
''Those of us at FRI are determined to do our best to oppose these death activists. As you see, the Internet has given us far more clout than our limited budget and efforts could otherwise hope for."