I'm still in a pleasant state of shock over this interview because of the potential fireworks. The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer recently interviewed discredited researcher Paul Cameron about his newest bogus study.
Paul Cameron is a discredited researcher who has been either censured or dismissed from several medical associations (including the American Sociological Association and the American Psychological Association) for his bad research methodologies and outrageously homophobic claims, including the claim that gays stuff gerbils up their rectums.
He was also, for a long time, the go-to man for phony statistics about the lgbt community. Groups such as the Family Research Council, the Traditional Values Coalition, Concerned Women for America, and even Fischer's organization, the American Family Association, once used Cameron's studies in talking points, in front of Congress, and other venues in order to stop the passage of pro-lgbt equality laws.
And they did this even though many of them knew that he was discredited. However, when his history of junk science began to come out, these groups quietly dissociated themselves from him, even though they still cited his work (sometimes through a third party) or cherry-picked legitimate studies to prove his theories (such as the lie that gay men molest children at a high level or the false accusation that gay men have a shorter lifespan than heterosexuals).
That, until now. Leave it to Bryan Fischer to give the lgbt community what we need in terms of proof as to the true face of religious right lies. This "new" study Cameron is touting to Fischer is yet another update of his infamous 1980s "gays have a short lifespan" study. And of course it's flawed, just like his other work.
As a matter of fact, allow me to give you a good impression of Cameron's poor research. You remember what I said about his claim regarding gays and gerbils? He didn't attain this claim from a study. He got it from a newspaper column which was refuting the claim regarding gays having sex with gerbils.
But Fischer not only interviews Cameron, but actually defends him in another video, claiming that he defends Cameron's discredited work because people like him - i.e. the religious right - "love" gays.
Please. If I wanted "love" like that, I would double-date Chris Brown and Ike Turner.
Fischer's interview of Cameron is significant because Fischer's group (the AFA) and Cameron's group (the Family Research Institute) are both listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center along with a crop of other religious right organizations as hate groups because of the homophobic propaganda they spread about the lgbt community.
Fischer, just like Family Research Council president Tony Perkins (FRC is another SPLC-designated hate group), claims that SPLC is targeting his group because of a so-called anti-Christian bias.
But it's like what I said recently when Tony Perkins of FRC made an offhand defense of Cameron's work. What Christian group do you know gives credibility to a discredited researcher who, amongst other things, falsely claims that gays stuff gerbils up their rectums?
Groups like AFA and FRC and their spokespeople like Fischer and Perkins whine about an anti-Christian bias because they want to obscure their dealing in lies. They want to take attention away from the hypocrisy of claiming to stand for morality and values while freely peddling distortions - a hypocrisy which they seem to have perfected.
But you can't hide your hypocrisy if you drag it out on center stage.
However, luckily for the lgbt community IF they are smart enough to take advantage, Fischer seems to think that you can.