Colorado Springs Gazette Defends Paul Cameron

Jim Burroway

April 28th, 2008

Certified Cameronite AwardThis was shocking. Two weeks ago, the Colorado Springs Gazette defended Paul Cameron against the Southern Poverty Law Center’s naming his Family Research Institute a hate group:

The story about elevated hatred included a list of Colorado hate groups, as identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center – a thoroughly discredited organization that labels organizations with opposing political philosophies as hate mongers.

The new Colorado list includes the Colorado Springs-based Family Research Institute. The conservative fundamentalist organization is headed by Paul Cameron, a psychologist and reviewer for the British Medical Journal, Psychological Reports and the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association. The organization’s mission is “to generate empirical research on issues that threaten the traditional family, particularly homosexuality, AIDS, sexual social policy, and drug abuse.”

There’s no question about it: The Family Research Institute opposes homosexuality, and goes out of its way to discourage and besmirch it. It’s controversial, ideological, politically incorrect and unpopular. But is it a hate group, like the Ku Klux Klan or a Nazi skinhead club? Far from it.

Far from it? Really? Cameron has more in common with a Nazi skinhead club than the Gazette seems to realize. Perhaps the editors of the Gazette needs to look over his 1999 article in which he admires how Nazi Germany (and specifically Rudolph Höss) “handled homosexuals” in Dachau and Sachsenhausen.

Instead of casting aspersions against the Southern Poverty Law Center and coming to the defense of a man who proposes similar draconian “solutions” for homosexuality in this country, the Gazette ought to consider engaging in a practice we like to call journalism. A hate group like a Nazi skinhead club? It’s exactly like a Nazi skinhead club.

The editorial board of the Colorado Springs Gazette is the latest to join our growing list of Cameron supporters. And I’ll once again ask the question I ask everyone who joins the list: Do the Gazette’s editors agree with Cameron’s draconian agenda?

Hat tip: Mike Airhart.

Buffy

April 29th, 2008

That is too much. On what basis do they declare the SPLC “a thoroughly discredited organization”? How ironic considering they’re defending Cameron, who has been thoroughly discredited by numerous professional groups–none of which I need to outline for you.

Jon

April 29th, 2008

To tell you the truth, I’m really not surprised to hear this kind of editorial out of a newspaper that’s based in the mecca of extreme-right Christianity. If the truth was known, Grand Ayatollah Dobson probably owns a piece of the “Gagzette” as one commenter on their site put it. As for the SPLC, I have a lot more respect for them than in this “thoroughly discredited” rag.

L. Junius Brutus

April 29th, 2008

They cite the KKK, but hate the organization that put it out of business. What a shame that we don’t have the power to put them (that is, this newspaper) out of business by boycotting their sponsors.

Also: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/view_35721___article.html/crusade_weirdos.html

They support the polygamist kooks who throw out their boys, so that they can have the girls for themselves. Also, it draws a parallel between gay marriage and polygamy, and between consenting sex between teenagers and forced marriages/molestation to/by older men. Also, they claim that laws against gay marriage are almost never enforced. I think the editorial board may have some mental issues.

Emily K

April 29th, 2008

do they offer proof of the SPLC being “thoroughly discredited?” Or are they just saying it and assuming it’s true?

Trevor

April 29th, 2008

Actually I live in Colorado Springs. I prefer the more open-minded (but no less controversial) “Independent”. Unlike the “Gasette” they aren’t owned and operated by religious fundamentalists in California with financial and political ties to Focus on the Family. Oh you didn’t know that? Of course the Gazette will rush to the defense of the hate-speakers. To do otherwise would be like biting the hand that feeds you. The populace of course largely supports the Gazette’s crazed rantings, to the point that they will voluntarily censor news journals that disagree with the party line.

One time I was sitting in Starbucks, reading the Independent, minding my own business, when in waltzes a middle-aged, overweight, sweaty guy in a cheap suit. Typical Conservative Republican in other words. And in typical Conservative Republican fashion he just could not mind his own business. When he saw what I was reading he literally flushed with rage. He marched up to the front and completely dressed-down the poor girl behind the counter in front of everyone. Then with a searing glare at me he plopped his ample behind in a chair and sorted out all the unapproved reading material from the leftover paper rack and stuffed them quite dramatically into the trash bin (bypassing the paper recycling bin altogether). It took every ounce of my strength to keep from pointing and laughing at the fat turd.

That’s life in Colorado Springs though. If I wanted to live in a less oppressive regime I would have moved to Denver and lived in the Cap Hill gay district. But I’ve always liked a challenge.

Timothy Kincaid

April 29th, 2008

Junius,

Thanks for the link.

And who cares about polygamy laws? They should carry no more weight than laws against homosexual marriage. Eighteen states, including Texas, have statues or constitutional bans against homosexual marriage and they’re almost never enforced. Imagine cops smashing down the doors of a Texas home to arrest two women living in marital bliss.

The editorial board doesn’t know the difference between cohabitation and legal marriage? Either they are startlingly unaware of the issues of the world around them or they are dumber than a box of rocks. Maybe both.

Piper

April 29th, 2008

Since when has SPLC been discredited. I have heard that before, but only from people that were identified as a hate group or had their pet project labled as hate. Lou Dobbs hates SPLC because they are in favor of immigration rights. I’m betting that they wouldn’t be calling SPLC names if they hadn’t been called out.

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