Anti gay propaganda

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The Family Research Institute conducts research with the purpose of proving that homosexuality is a scourge on society. They publish "Educational" pamphlets about homosexuality.

Their information leaflets are largely propaganda: a combination of half truths, distortions and ocasionally things that outright contradict the consensus of the scientific community. Much of it is inane statements that pretend to be logical arguments:

  • "Most of us fail to understand why anyone would want to engage in homosexual activity. To the average person, the very idea is either puzzling or repugnant." That's because the "average person" is straight. The very idea of heterosexual activity is either puzzling or repugnant to the average gay person.
  • "societies that accept homosexuality have more of it and those that disapprove of and punish it have considerably less of it " No shit sherlock? And just why do you think that would be?
  • "only about half as many homosexuals had gotten married and, if married, were much less apt to have children" Gee, I wonder if the fact that two homosexuals can't actually get married has anything to do with that? Frankly I'm surprised that so many were able to repress their homosexuality long enough to get married.
  • _"_Almost every child is taught to avoid feces. ...Yet most homosexuals eventually learn to immerse themselves in feces" Of course ... that's why I see so many gays and lesbians rolling around in manure. Now, I understand why people keep swimming in the sewers.
  • "if married, homosexuals were about 3 times more likely to cheat on their spouse" Hmmm, I wonder if this was because they had to repress their homosexuality in order to acquire said spouse the first place?
  • "Compared to heterosexuals, homosexuals exhibited less "relational connectedness" to those of the opposite sex or in different generations." Well, I wonder if this is because their significant other is the same sex, and that homosexuals are much less likely to have children, and much more likely to be ostracised by their family members?
  • "By contrast, 47% of homosexuals’ intimates were unrelated friends or neighbors, compared to only 27% of heterosexuals’ intimates." Right, so following on from above, gay people are closer to their friends and neighbours. That sure sounds like a receipe for social disaster.
  • _And therefore "_Homosexuals fail to display the kind of connectedness between sexes, generations, and social classes that leads to social harmony. If we are too focused on "people like us," we help to divide society into competing groups instead of a fabric of interwoven and connected interests." And who is the one dividing society into competing groups here?

The author, Paul Cameron, claims that his research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. In some cases that is true, but the journals he publishes in are pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel. Psychological Reports doesn't seem to be peer reviewed and charges per page. And half of the citings his papers receive are disputing his findings.

The problem I have with stuff like this is that I think there are a lot of people who are gullible enough to swallow this tripe. They may find it enlightening, whereas I find it only sad and amusing.