The San Francisco Chronicle has been criticized from all sides due to its recent article on adoptions. Today the paper ran a revised correction that puts some distance between Paul Cameron and Focus on the Family. It reads:
CLARIFICATION: In an article that ran on Page 1 on Monday about San Francisco’s campaign to get more gays and lesbians to adopt foster children — as well as an opposing evangelical campaign led by Focus on the Family to get more Christian families to adopt — the Chronicle quoted Paul Cameron, director of the Family Research Institute. The article should have noted that Cameron, who believes gays make unfit parents and self-published dozens of articles he said were based on his research, was expelled from the American Psychological Association in 1983 when he refused to subject his work to peer review. The article also should have reported that his Family Research Institute was named a hate group in 2006 by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Writings by Cameron, who split with Focus on the Family many years ago, are still relied on by many conservative Christians.
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I have read the full report as well as the flurry of press releases that he has released: not one mentioned anything about Rudolph Hoss.
As for the few times he’s quoted Hoss in emails to you and others, oops! Goodness help us when scientists use historical quotes to illustrate what one’s own research is telling them (i.e. parasites, whatever).
Phillips – I wonder why people with or without same-sex attraction have trouble feeling the love? I don’t sense any compassion. If the Camerons spoke about the data without hyperbole and without lessons from Nazi commandants, there might have been a window of opportunity to be taken seriously.
I suppose, Warren, that you’re referring to the history lesson entry, “Gays In Nazi Germany”, in one of the editions of FRI’s newsletters which were produced 8 times a year.
As for “acceptable”, I’m not inside his mind, but it’s quite clear that he has never advoacted such a stance. You twist his words.
Society is legitimately concerned with health risks– they impact our taxes and everyone’s chances of illness and injury. Because we care about them, smokers are discouraged from smoking by higher insurance premiums, taxes on cigarettes and bans against smoking in public. These social pressures cause many to quit. They likewise encourage non-smokers to stay non-smokers.
Homosexuals are sexually troubled people engaging in dangerous activities. Because we care about them and those tempted to join them, it is important that we neither encourage nor legitimize such a destructive lifestyle.” – Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do
Phillips said: “Cameron is quoted in the same article as saying that such an idea is â€œnot politically, ethically or socially acceptableâ€ today.
Notice the word “acceptable”. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t think it’s a good idea, just that he probably couldn’t get people to potically, ethically or socially endorse it. He certainly doesn’t say that he personally and religiously objects to the tatooing, imprisonment or slaughter of those he calls “”parasites”. The man is an evil hatemonger, plain and simple.
Ok, uh, “Phillips” — can you now elaborate on the lessons you, I mean Paul Cameron, learned from Rudolph Hoss?
not perfect, but better
Good for them. That’s more clear. “Writings by Cameron, who split with Focus on the Family many years ago, are still relied on by many conservative Christians.” And many groups (ie. EXODUS) who don’t overtly endorse Cameron still are closely affiliated with those who do (ie. NARTH).
Dr. Cameron resigned a full year before the APA decided to expell him, this page shows uploaded the letters of his resignation and the APA president’s acceptance of it, etc. (see included website).
“*Pietrzyk claims that Cameron advocated the “extermination of male homosexuals.”
Response: The Forum interviewer remarked that many societies have considered homosexuality a capital crime. Noting that it would be cheaper to kill homosexuals in primitive societies than jail or quarantine them is hardly an endorsement. In fact, Cameron is quoted in the same article as saying that such an idea is “not politically, ethically or socially acceptable” today. Where former Surgeon General Koop got his information is mystifying. He never asked Dr. Cameron whether he advocated such a policy.” – Revisiting New Republic’s Attack on Cameron
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