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Certified Cameronite: Mary Frances Forrester

Jim Burroway

March 17th, 2008

Certified Cameronite Award Mary Frances Forrester, the wife of a conservative North Carolina state senator James Forrester (R-Gaston County) published an incredible anti-gay screed in the Christian Action League web site. Mrs. Forrester led off her piece with “evidence” for what she calls “the real homosexual agenda” — you know, the one that begins:

“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, …”

And so on. Anti-gay extremists love quoting this essay, but when they do, they always omit the preface:

This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.

That’s right. This “agenda” is a complete work of fiction — a satire, more specifically — and the author said so when it first appeared in 1987 in the now defunct Gay Community News. In fact, the anonymous writer used the pseudonym “Michael Swift,” which is an obvious tip of the hat to the English language’s most famous satirist, Jonathan Swift. Unfortunately, Forrester, like so many anti-gay extremists, aren’t swift enough to pick up on the obviously satirical nature of the work.

But that’s not why Forrester has been branded a Certified Cameronite. It’s this:

Did you know that the average life span of a homosexual is 39 years as opposed to 78 for heterosexual women and 76 for heterosexual men?

This statistic comes straight from Paul Cameron’s 1994, “The Longevity of Homosexuals: Before and After the AIDS Epidemic” (Omega 29, no. 3: 249-272), which in turn was based on Cameron’s laughable “Obituary Studies.” Nick Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute said Cameron’s study was “just ridiculous.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were similarly unimpressed with Cameron’s work. And yet this statistic, more than any other, is the one that refuses to die.

And then there’s this one:

Read your social history and you will find that most societies that condoned homosexual behavior did not survive past one generation.

Which society is she referring to? Certainly not Greece — they managed to last for centuries. Maybe she’s getting her information from Sally Kern.

Mary Frances Forrester can’t seem to distinguish satire from fact, or “research” from the crazed imagination of a holocaust revisionist. And for that, she joins a long list of those who have lined up behind Cameron’s Nazi-admiration society.



March 17th, 2008 | LINK

This is becoming a very scary and threatening epidemic.

March 18th, 2008 | LINK

Unfortunately, it ain’t all that new. The anti-gay nut jobs have been using the Michael Swift piece for quite some time now (having been battling said not jobs on AOL for 16 years now, I’ve seen it used many times) as well as the Cameron “Study”. It’s fun seeing them shut up once they see the proof that their info is worthless.

a. mcewen
March 18th, 2008 | LINK

And don’t forget the supposed “gay lifespan” study from Oxford

And the Joanne Hall piece on lesbians with alcohol problems

And the article in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence

And the Robert Garafalo study

And the Kyle Pruett study

Etc., etc., etc.

They have a bunch of lies they trot out every now and then

Jason D
March 18th, 2008 | LINK

More credible evidence that we are, indeed, fighting the good fight.

If this “Christian” on an “Christian Website” were concerned with honesty or integrity she would not have omitted the preface.
Someone concerned with doing God’s work would not be so quick to bear false witness.

What goes through these people’s minds, “Oh, it comes from a Christian source, therefore I don’t have to check it’s legitimacy.” ?

Jason D
March 18th, 2008 | LINK

according to this article

she’s also running for some type of Republican office.

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