News SF Chronicle Attacks Gay Parents
posted by May 22 at 8:30 AMon
The SF Chronicle screws up—big time.
In a piece about the efforts of gay foster parents and the city’s efforts to recruit more of them, Chronicle reporter Ilene Lelchuk asked Paul Cameron for a quote. The city had so much good stuff to say about same-sex couples as parents—as does the legit research—and clearly the editors at the Chronicle needed some gay-bashing “balance.”
“Focus on the Family’s objection to same-sex parents is grounded in interpretation of biblical scripture and research by Paul Cameron, director of the Family Research Institute in Colorado. Cameron says gays and lesbians are unfit parents, are more likely to molest children of their same sex, switch partners frequently, have shorter life expectancies and cause their children embarrassment and social difficulties. ‘Any child that can be adopted into a married-mother-and-father family, that’s the gold standard,’ Cameron said. ‘An orphanage would be the second choice, and then a single woman.’”
Lies, lies, lies. Studies show again and again that gay parents are fit, are no likelier to molest their children, and that our children are perfectly well-adjusted. Here’s the most recent study. The Chronicle didn’t mention that Cameron’s research has been debunked again and again, and other pertinent details—like, oh, the fact that Cameron was kicked out of the American Psychological Association. Or that Cameron has written glowingly of German efforts to “contain” homosexuality during the Nazi dictatorship.
Going to right-wing haters like Paul Cameron for “balance” is like ringing up the Grand Wizard of the KKK for a quote when you’re writing about mixed-race marriages or rap music or soul food. It’s offensive in the extreme, it’s irresponsible journalism, and it’s way past its expiration date. Lying haters like Paul Cameron exist outside the realm of responsible discourse—just like the Klan or the American Nazi Party.