What Makes Cameron Tick? (Cont’d)

Jim Burroway

May 19th, 2012

Appropos to my question yesterday, Andrew Sullivan also questions the role Cameron’s childhood abuse in his obsessive campaign against gays and broadens the subject to misaimed attempts to exorcise pain generally:

The longer I am in this debate, the more something emerges. Most people don’t really care much about gays. The subject doesn’t come up; and most adjusted straight men do not feel passionately on the subject one way or the other. And so you notice patterns. You find that most of the really impassioned anti-gay activists are just as motivated by personal passion – whether as an early victim of sex abuse (Paul Cameron), or as the father of a gay son (Charles Socarides), or as a single mother abandoned by her boyfriend (Maggie Gallagher), or someone fighting to restrain their own gay feelings (Ted Haggard, Larry Craig) – as pro-gay activists are. This is a perfectly legitimate motivation for all sorts of political movements, but on the gay question, one should always be alert to the personal psychological undercurrents. (That goes for us gays as well as out opponents, and I am grateful for the odd psychological diagnoses I receive via email.)

Is it any surprise, for example, that Cameron believes that large numbers of gays are sex abusers, or that we all die young, and other canards he has spread over the years? Is it not relevant that he says he was raped as a child by a man? Any major surprise that one of the very few psychiatrists to advocate reparative therapy, Charles Socarides, blamed it on fathers, while having a gay son, Richard, who went on to become the Clinton administration’s point person on gay issues? You can go all the way up to the current Pope’s absurd obsession with the subject.

Dante

May 19th, 2012

“whether as an early victim of sex abuse (Paul Cameron)” and “that Cameron believes that large numbers of gays are sex abusers, ”

makes sense in light of

“Some types of offenders, such as those who sexually offend against young boys, have still higher rates of child sexual abuse in their histories (Becker and Murphy, 1998).”

Eric in Oakland

May 20th, 2012

“You can go all the way up to the current Pope’s absurd obsession with the subject.”

What is he suggesting?

Tara TASW

May 20th, 2012

Socarides was a piece of work. Although his theories usually attributed male homosexuality to bad fathers, in his own son’s particular case, he blamed it on Richard’s mother.

Timothy (TRiG)

May 21st, 2012

“You can go all the way up to the current Pope’s absurd obsession with the subject.”

What is he suggesting?

The Pope Is Not Gay

Mark F.

May 22nd, 2012

What hasn’t been suggested a “cause” of homosexuality? They can always find something.

Timothy Kincaid

May 22nd, 2012

I’m still holding on to the hypothesis that homosexuality is the direct result of Gerber’s Strained Peas. And as no one, no one at all, has ever even attempted to refute this hypothesis, it proves that I am right and that they are all afraid to face the TRUTH.

And that’s pretty much the same views that everyone on the anti-gay express thinks about their own pet “cause”.

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