April 11th, 2007
A couple of weeks ago, Terrance Heath tagged me and four others with the Thinking Blogger Award. The first response on my part, of course, should have been to thank him. If I had to come up with a short list of five thinking bloggers, he would definitely be on the list, without question. I wouldn’t have to think twice about it. And so I am very honored and flattered that he thought of me.
But the second response I should have made was to respectfully, but gratefully, decline. You see, the TBA really isn’t an award so much as a meme that’s called an award. And while it’s very generous — and altogether proper — for people to recognize others who make them think on a regular basis, memes have a way of circulating around the internet until they hit just about everybody. And while this meme may be dressed up like an award — you even get a little award badge to put on your blog — it’s still a meme. And because of that, eventually all it means is that you’ve managed to get yourself entangled in a web we call the Internet.
That same meme that circulated around the internet and tagged Terrance and me also found its way eventually to Exodus Vice-President Randy Thomas. He unthinkingly passed on an internet rumor whose original source was the discredited Paul Cameron, then half-heartedly retracted that post while continuing to justify it. (“I have to chuckle,” he says.)
And — get this — the meme, err, award also made its way around to Stacy Harp. Stacy thought enough to try to round up support for Stephen Bennet’s latest commercial venture, a parent’s support group for those “struggling with homosexuality” (for only $15/mo or $200/year). She also links homosexuality with pedophilia.
Being named by someone I admire is very flattering, and I really do appreciate it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not ungrateful in the least. In fact, I’m very flattered, coming from Terrance and all. But if it’s alright with you, I’ll respectfully decline the invitation to join that august company.
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
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