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    People who lash out at gay people with anger and hate are often reacting to repressed homosexual tendencies of their own. That’s the finding of a new study that suggests that many vocal homophobes “protest too much” precisely because deep down “they are fearing their own impulses,” University of Rochester psychologist Richard Ryan tells LiveScience.com. He and his colleagues asked German and American college students a series of questions to judge their attitudes, and those of their parents, toward homosexuality. Then they tested the subjects’ subconscious attraction to the same sex, in part by asking them to rate the attractiveness of men and women in a series of photos while recording how much time they spent looking at each photo. The researchers found that the students who came from the most rigid, anti-gay homes were the most likely to reveal repressed homosexual attraction. This explains why some religious leaders who frequently denounce homosexuality, such as the Rev. Ted Haggard, are later discovered to be engaging in secret homosexual relations, Ryan said. “These are people who are at war with themselves, and they are turning this internal conflict outward.”  —The Week (4/27/2012)

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