Lest We Forget, Why PSU President Graham Spanier May Be Only “Troubled” About Major Scandal At His School‏ - A Complete Refutation Of The Homosexual Myths

 

 

 

 

 

CAUTION: Graphic Language

 

*** PSU President Spanier only "troubled" about major scandal at his school! ***

 

Which comes as no surprise to those aware of Spanier’s modus operandi in these matters, as evinced by the following links.

 

 

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Pedophile advocate featured
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Penn State's latest controversial event includes sadomasochist author


Posted: March 29, 2002
1:00 am Eastern

By Art Moore


© 2011 WND

A women's health conference at Penn State University featured an outspoken advocate of pedophilia and sadomasochism as a keynote speaker.

The event held last weekend is the latest on controversial sexual themes that has drawn the ire of some state lawmakers. Last year, campus groups held a "Sex Faire" that included "orgasm bingo" and a "tent of consent." The previous November they hosted a "C---fest," which intended to reclaim a derogatory word for a woman's body part. It was promoted with large banners around the campus.

State Rep. John A. Lawless, D-Montgomery, told WorldNetDaily he has "tried everything," including blocking funding, to stop events of this kind, but has been unsuccessful.

"You can't touch Penn State," said Lawless, who crossed over from the Republican to the House Democratic caucus last November. "The legislature cares about their football team. Football is more important than education or morals."

Lawless said lawmakers tried to hold the school accountable with a "paper straw" type of policy that barred anyone under 18 from attending.

"But the events shouldn't be occurring," he said. "If you want to do this kind of activity, hey, I'm a big boy, I can handle it. But go do it on your own money, your own time; don't use taxpayer facilities for this kind of stuff."

At the three-day Conference on Women's Health and Wellness, Patrick Califia-Rice, a self-described "transgendered bisexual person," spoke of a journey from "female to male sexuality."

Califia-Rice is the author of books such as "Macho Sluts" and "Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex."

The North American Man-Boy Love Association, or NAMBLA, includes this quote from Califia-Rice on its website: "Boy-lovers and the lesbians who have young lovers are the only people offering a hand to help young women and men cross the difficult terrain between straight society and the gay community. They are not child molesters. The child abusers are priests, teachers, therapists, cops and parents who force their stale morality onto the young people in their custody. Instead of condemning pedophiles for their involvement with lesbian and gay youth, we should be supporting them."

A story this week by the Newhouse News Service noted that a handful of academics at mainstream universities are arguing in academic journals, books and online that at least some sex between adults and children should be acceptable, especially when children consent to it.

In February 2001, the Penn State campus group Womyn's Concerns hosted a "Sex Faire" to discuss "issues of sexual health, consensual activities and liberation." It included games such as "pin the clitoris on the vulva" and "orgasm bingo." A book table featured "Smut and Other Great Literature" and attendees were invited to a "Tent of Consent," intended to provide two students with two minutes of "consensual activity" behind a curtain after learning the criteria for legally consensual sex. School administrators shut down the tent, however, arguing that it was a matter of conduct rather than free speech.

In November 2000, Womyn's Concerns and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance held an event featuring performance art, music and a reading from Inga Muscio, author of the book "C---: A Declaration of Independence."

According to the campus newspaper, the Daily Collegian, Womyn's Concerns president Michelle Yates accused opponents of trying to limit free speech and insisted that anyone who attended the event would realize it was an educational program that covered topics such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

"This was based on a piece of literature," Yates told the Collegian.

After the "Sex Faire" in February, the state's House Appropriations Committee held a hearing in which Lawless, a member, played a five-minute video excerpted from one made at the event.

Lawless said at the hearing that Penn State should be punished for failing to be "moral" leaders. Penn State President Graham Spanier, who was questioned by lawmakers in a four-hour session, apologized for certain components of the event but maintained that the university was committed to free speech.

When asked directly if the programs were wrong or immoral, Spanier gave a "Clinton-esque" answer, according to Lawless.

"His answer," said Lawless, "was 'It depends on what your definition of immoral is.'"

Last November, Lawless criticized Penn State for hosting Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who in a speech called President Bush an "idiot" and said followers of Rev. Jerry Falwell were members of a "cult."

Lawless said that although only about 30 of 203 legislators have backed his stance on the Penn State events, he's received thousands of e-mails and other correspondence from supportive Pennsylvanians.

"The problem is the legislature doesn't want to come down on Penn State, the biggest school; they're worried about all of the alumni voting them out," he said. "Meantime, a significant number of alumni are contacting me, congratulating me for straightening that place up, or attempting to."

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Legislators Join Fray On Penn State Sex Faire

February 28, 2001|By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU

HARRISBURG — The furor over an explicit student-run sex-education fair in State College - a furor ignited by Rep. John Lawless (R., Montgomery County) - overwhelmed the normally wonkish annual discussion of Pennsylvania State University's budget yesterday.Lawmakers wanted to know what university president Graham Spanier knew about the sex conference, when he knew it, and what he intended to do to keep it from happening again.

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"I hope you're embarrassed, because I'm angered and embarrassed," said Rep. Samuel Rohrer (R., Berks). "This incident was reprehensible . . . debauched . . . wrong."

http://articles.philly.com/images/pixel.gifSex Faire, sponsored by a student group called Womyn's Concerns, was held Feb. 3 in the commons of the Pollock Hall dormitory. Sponsors said that they had hoped to educate students about date rape, healthy sexual relationships, and reproductive health.

After taking a beating from the state House Appropriations Committee, Spanier said that his administration already had begun to tighten up its oversight of student activities on campus. From now on, he said, all banners that go up in public places will have to be reviewed, approved and hung by the university.

"This will allow us to screen words that might not meet community standards," Spanier said.

Lawless was outraged by a feminist rally last November that was named for an obscene term for women's genitalia. The word was prominently displayed on posters and banners around campus.

Spanier said that Penn State was considering other changes, such as requiring student groups to reserve space in university buildings and to disclose the content of their events in advance. Some programs also should be confined to students with I.D., to avoid exposing youngsters to offensive material, he said.

"I am confident we can, with a few policy changes, put this behind us," Spanier told lawmakers considering the university's $362 million budget request. "I am very sorry for the consternation, confusion and anger that this has caused many individuals."

But more than a few legislators on the appropriations panel were not willing to let go.

Lawless, who is seeking to suspend Penn State's funding, confronted Spanier with two e-mails he had received from students.

One called him an "ass" who was too dim to go to Penn State. Another writer said Lawless was a "selfish bastard" and made fun of his eyes. Lawless had surgery for a brain tumor 15 years ago that left him slightly disfigured.

At that point, Lawless broke down and said: "I'll get to my further questions as soon as I get myself together."

Spanier looked down at the witness table in front of him. The room fell silent.

The hearing began with a screening of a video that Lawless had made while visiting the Sex Faire. Among other things, the tape showed a risque bingo game, a woman talking about marital aids, a catalog of sex toys and anatomically correct gingerbread cookies at a table of "erotic foods."

Since the hearing was broadcast live on Pennsylvania Cable Network, it was probably the only legislative proceeding ever to carry a parental warning label.

Taking the microphone before the tape began, one lawmaker urged people watching at home to change the channel if children were present.

Questions about budget matters - funding for the medical school, the racial makeup of Penn State's student body, the rising cost of tuition, and retirement funds for university employees - broke up the sex talk. But then, Sex Faire and the earlier feminist rally would come back up again, and Spanier and another legislator would spar.

At one point, Rep. David J. Mayernik (D., Allegheny) bored in, trying to get Spanier to denounce the Sex Faire.

"Was it wrong, yes or no?" he asked.

Spanier demurred, saying that portions of it were inappropriate.

"Former President Clinton went through this with what the meaning of 'is' is," Mayernik said.

"I'm not trying to be evasive, but to give an honest answer," Spanier said. "I'm not understanding what you mean by 'wrong.' "

Finally, the university president said, "I don't think my personal view of morality should be the subject of this appropriation hearing."

Countered Mayernik, "I find it odd, Mr. President, that you want to wash your hands of this."

Spanier said that balancing the free-speech rights of students with diverse viewpoints at a large university "is always a very difficult line to walk."

Other lawmakers came to Spanier's defense, in what became a lively debate on constitutional law.

Rep. Dan Frankel (D., Allegheny) praised his "measured and restrained" response to the issue.

"In the marketplace of ideas, sometimes you have to tolerate these things," Frankel said.

 

 

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Penn State Gross-Out. Penn State staged a November conference called “Cunt Fest” funded by $10,000. of involuntary student activity fees. The conference featured a statue of a giant vagina that spouted fruit juice and the screening of a film called Butt Fu….. Bunny. On-stage events included a woman sharpening pencils with a pencil-sharpener inserted in her vagina, a puppeteer using her own breasts as puppets, and such advice from speakers as, “don’t snack on a carrot after it has been in your ass.” One lecturer described her forthcoming novel about a female serial killer who murders men and boys. The co-director of the event explained, “I don’t want to name it that way, but [the enemy] is the white, heterosexual male.”

 

 

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Disclaimer: This article includes descriptions and quotations of events that occurred at Penn State that some readers might find offensive. Unfortunately events filled with shocking and/or offensive displays are considered cutting edge by radical feminists.

Pennsylvania State University became embroiled in controversy after a November 18th program sponsored by feminists at the university. The program, “CuntFest,” was paid for entirely by student and taxpayer funds.

Sponsored by Womyn’s Concerns and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the program garnered $10,000 from Penn State’s University Park Allocation Committee (UPCA), which is responsible for disbursing student fees and general funds earmarked for promoting student activities on campus.

UPAC claimed afterward that it was deceived about the nature of the activities, but as Eric Langborgh of Accuracy in Academia noted, what exactly did UPAC think it was getting when the two groups submitted a description that said the event would “feature woman-centered, cuntlovin’ fun entertainment”?

The events of that evening would be unbelievable if there weren’t so many precedents — and if the feminists who sponsored them didn’t immediately defend them against “right wing” attack.

(Again, this description is going to get very graphic because what happened at Penn State was very graphic.)

Langborgh wrote a long description of the events that he witnessed,

Walking in the host building’s door, potential audience members and other students just going about their business were unwittingly confronted with a four-foot tall ceramic model of a vagina. Conference organizers would then offer what appeared to be fruit juice poured from a spout just underneath the “clitoris” to passersby by asking, “Would you like some ‘pussy juice’?”

The event’s title takes its name from Inga Muscio, who read from her book, “Cunt: A Declaration of Independence,” as well as a new book she is working on.

In a new novel she is writing, for example, Muscio portrays a women who is gang raped and then becomes a serial killer who victimizes six families killing all of the fathers and sons while leaving the women untouched, with the protagonist saying, “They should not have mated with the beast. I left them their daughters.”

That was nothing compared to performance “artist” Jess Dobkin. Dobkin performed partially nude and clearly aimed to shock and titillate her audience rather than enlighten. Here’s one of the less explicit scenes that Langborgh describes,

Innuendo then took a back seat to nudity when she removed her top to reveal her breasts which she had painted to look like smiley faces with her nipples acting as a noses. Coupled with audible gasps from the crowd, she proceeded to suck each breast; presumably to enable her to subsequently thread strings through her pierced nipples. These strings were then used to maneuver her breasts like puppets as she stood behind a prop made to look like a brick house with two holes cut out for her breasts so they could “talk” to one another.

Later Dobbin showed a film she made called Butt-F—ing Bunny which featured paper puppets engaging in various sexual acts including the one described in the title.

Crude? Lewd? According to its organizers, as well as some of the participants, this sort of stuff is empowering for women and anyone who questions it is part of a right-wing backlash against the women’s movement.

 

 

 

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ACCURACY in the MEDIA

Penn State Feminists Stage X-Rated Event on Students' Dime

Eric Langborgh

     Feminists at Pennsylvania State University shocked the campus on the evening of November 18 by staging an explicit event featuring nudity, vulgar sexual references, and anti-male rants. Students in charge of allocating University monies to student groups maintain that they were deceived into thinking "CuntFest," the program named after a feminist manifesto, would focus on the book and not expand into promotion of radical lesbianism and pornographic art.

     While campus security did nothing to stop the strip-show, they did order this reporter on several occasions to stop covering the event. 

     Militant student feminists convinced members of the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) to fund the program despite concerns over the title. An investigation has begun and may result in sanctions against the offending groups which brought the conference to campus.

     "Wow!" exclaimed UPAC chairman Eddie Elizondo following a description to him of the graphic nature of the forum titled after Inga Muscio's book Cunt: A Declaration of Independence. "That is not at all what was conveyed to us about what would be happening at that event," he said.

     What happened at the event included a lesbian performance artist whose nude and semi-nude skits went way beyond the description given to UPAC for approval—an approval which netted Womyn's Concerns and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) nearly $10,000 of student activity fee funds to pay the honoraria and travel/lodging costs of CuntFest's seven performers and presenters.

     Campus Report attended the event, much to the dismay of conference organizers. When asked beforehand whether the controversially titled event would include explicit or pornographic material, CuntFest's Penn State co-director Missy Mazzaferro answered in the negative. This suggested that the event might have been misrepresented to UPAC, as well.

     Forms obtained from UPAC show that Womyn's Concerns and the FMLA were hardly vague in their description of what would be happening at CuntFest. "The evening will feature woman-centered, cuntlovin' fun entertainment," read the program description included with the budget request. "Inga Muscio will read excerpts from her book Cunt. Performance artist Jess Dobkin will present a series of short pieces." The description went on to mention musical entertainment and poetry, as well as a series of "self-protection" workshops earlier in the day, but failed to mention the graphic nudity of Dobkin's act.

     Nevertheless, Elizondo claimed, "We had no indication that anything of that nature would be taking place. I believe they definitely did [misrepresent the event], based on what you just told me," he replied. Elizondo noted that though UPAC is an "allocating, not a policing body" and therefore could not directly discipline the student groups involved, an investigation would be launched through appropriate student disciplinary bodies with sanctions as a possible result, and perhaps even a freezing of their accounts, thus prohibiting them from organizing future events.

     Critics, however, wonder how the University could have expected anything else from an event with such a name, and suggest funding never should have been appropriated in the first place.

Warning: X-Rated
     Despite being assured in a phone call before heading to Penn State and in an interview preceding the start of CuntFest's evening programs that reporters were welcome, Campus Report was warned just prior to Dobkin's performance not to take notes of any kind. Sensing a cover up, this reporter refused, pleading First Amendment rights to a free press and free speech to the two police officers present who asked three times for Campus Report to cease and desist. When refused, the officers conceded "it's not a matter of law" and allowed this reporter to continue taking notes. While the controversial art piece was meant to titillate the audience, it contained elements that critics considered disgusting and entirely inappropriate for a college setting, which some suggest likely prompted conference organizers to suppress media involvement.

     Dobkin began the performance by asking the audience to "participate" by taking noisemakers out of a "pussy bag" made of papier-mâché. She then handed out maxi-pad nose coverings she called "pussy sniffers." "Now a friend of mine when I told her I was making 'pussy sniffers,' she was pretty concerned," Dobkin shared with the audience. "She's like, 'Jess, I don't think that's very sanitary,' you know, because I was planning to wear them all first…. She seemed to think that maybe they should come clean and you can put your pussy of choice on there and then it's right up there where you need it anytime you need it."

     Later, it was noted that she had a cord hanging from her pink, fluffy dress with a black tank top. Amid crude remarks, it was soon discovered that the cord was attached to an electric pencil sharpener, in which she proceeded to sharpen a series of pencils that she handed to audience members amid sexual utterances.

     Innuendo then took a back seat to nudity when she removed her top to reveal her breasts, which she had painted to look like smiley faces with her nipples acting as noses. Coupled with audible gasps from the crowd, she proceeded to suck each breast; presumably to enable her to subsequently thread strings through her pierced nipples. These strings were then used to maneuver her breasts like puppets as she stood behind a prop made to look like a brick house with two holes cut out for her breasts so they could "talk" to one another.

     For much of the rest of her performance she wore a black nightgown from which a breast would often fall out.

     From a grab-bag of "tricks," Dobkin proceeded to extract numerous objects, to which she attached sexual connotations. For instance, she discussed uses for baby carrots ("don't snack on a carrot after it has been in your ass") and brought out a "ruled" rubber glove (for giving one's lesbian girlfriend "just the right amount").

     Following a graphic description of lesbian oral sex, she showed a film she had made on a big screen television titled, Butt-F—ing Bunny. On screen were paper puppets acting out crude sexual practices and then performing what is described in the title on a paper rabbit puppet.

     In her final skit, Dobkin came out from behind a screen completely naked, except for an apparatus that had swinging castle doors in the front. These eventually opened to completely reveal herself as she performed a play on "The Emperor's New Clothes" with the same paper puppets as before. Most tasteless to critics was the red paint of some sort (likely finger paint) she had running down her legs from her crotch area to represent menstruation. She then proceeded to repeatedly take a paintbrush to her crotch and paint her belly and breasts.

     When asked about the graphic nature of the performance, Officer Frank Ball claimed that "performance art is exempt from public exposure laws." He offered no line that could be crossed—even sexual activity—"unless someone in this room complained," Ball told Campus Report.

Program Focused on 'Shock-Value'
     Right from the beginning, CuntFest was geared toward shocking the senses with both visual and verbal imagery. Walking in the host building's door, potential audience members and other students just going about their business were unwittingly confronted with a four-foot tall ceramic model of a vagina. Conference organizers would then offer what appeared to be fruit juice poured from a spout just underneath the "clitoris" to passersby by asking, "Would you like some 'pussy juice'?"

     In addition, many of the members of FMLA, Womyn's Concerns, and Alliance for Animal Rights (a co-sponsor which hosted a "vegan dinner" for those interested beforehand) were decked out with dyed, pointy hair and a plethora of facial rings piercing their noses, mouths, tongues, and ears. Organizers also sold red soap embroidered with the word "cunt."

     "It's obviously about shock-value," shared Penn State graduate student Jason Covener, a member of the Penn State Young Americans for Freedom. "I think it's an irresponsible use of that money. I think there's a lot better things they can spend it on."

     One objection raised to CuntFest was that fees mandated from students to fund various student groups and activities went to fund such an objectionable program. The student activity fee at Penn State this year is $38 per semester, or $76 per school year.

     "The whole idea of student activity money is it is supposed to improve student life, improve campus life," explained Covener. "If you look at the content, I really don't think the students got $10,000 worth of improvement in our academic culture here." The official total was $9,519.64, of which $7,000 went toward honoraria.

     Organizers disagree. As one unnamed supporter said, "The University takes our money, why can't we get some of it back for programs we want?"

     The co-directors for the event, Mazzaferro and Michelle Yates, explained to Campus Report what their intended goal was: "The word 'cunt' originally came from positive ancestral origins and it is now one of the worst words you can call a woman," declared Yates, who also serves as the president of FMLA. "The whole goal is for women to reclaim the word 'cunt' back and transform the meaning of the word back to something positive, like 'mother goddess.'"

     Added Mazzaferro, "The point in trying to reclaim the word 'cunt' is there is no comparable word for a man. Cunt is a word that oppresses women; it holds women down. If that word doesn't have the same negative connotations," she said, "she is not being oppressed—it even means something positive."

     Yet when asked to define what she meant by oppression, and how words can hold someone down, Mazzaferro objected to those who don't subscribe to her view entering the dialogue. "I don't think you should be writing this article if you are asking 'what do you think oppression is?' because right now you are pretty much implying that women are not oppressed," she retorted.

     Racism, homophobia, pollution, and misogyny are all related, she declared. So who, then, is the common enemy? "I don't want to name it that way, but it is the white, heterosexual male."

'Filled with Hate'
     This view of an enemy that must be vanquished reared its head many times during the program. Cristien Storm, the executive director of the Seattle-based Home Alive, was among the most vocal in her rage. "I'm kind of just tired of all this talk of 'reverse-isms, reverse-isms, reverse-isms…. Let's get together and reverse this bigotry and hate," she proclaimed to the audience.

     Later, Inga Muscio asked Storm to sing one more song in order to presage her headlining remarks. Shouted Storm:

     "It's too late,
     'cause now I'm filled with hate…
     And I hate you!
     more than you EVER, hated me…
     And I'll rape you!
     more than you EVER, loved me…."

     In particular, CuntFest's targets included the Republican Party (Yates decried their convention as "those damn Republicans in Philadelphia" while Dobkin spoke joyously about smashing pińata representations of New York City mayor Rudolph Guiliani) and Accuracy in Academia, the publisher of Campus Report.

     Muscio labeled AIA as "dangerous" and a "fringe group." "I think their goal is … well, I'm not sure what their goal is, but I'm pretty sure it is to silence me and other artists like Eve Ensler," hypothesized Muscio about herself and the author of the off-Broadway play, The Vagina Monologues. "They present themselves as an organization that is about objective truth, but what people claim and what the results from what their activities are, are often two different things."

     "Your school is under attack by this group," she continued. "They want students to not have access to funding unless it is something Accuracy in Academia thinks is okay."

     "Personally that's scary, and to me that's scary as a human being. For you all, and for other people going to school, I'm really scared. It scares me to think that people would prefer to silence someone rather than just let everybody be, you know?"

     Men in general incurred Muscio's wrath as she read to the audience excerpts from a new book she is working on. The book's setting surrounds the exploits of a woman who was gang-raped and then seeks her revenge by becoming a cunning serial killer. "So she has indeed done this—killed a lot of people over a long period of time," she read. "But the people she has killed are all the fathers and sons from six families. I think she has left the women alone; that is, aside from sundering their lives and killing their children."

     She continued: "'They shouldn't have mated with the beast,' she [the killer] insists. 'I left them their daughters.'

     "What about the woman who has four sons and no daughters? What about her, huh?'….

     "'It's all relative, darling,' she sighs and looks deeply into my eyes…. 'It really is all relative,'" she read from her upcoming book.

     A radical form of abortion was endorsed during Muscio's talk, as well as in her book, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence. Specifically, she promoted a "visualization" technique coupled with a concoction of herbs to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Regarding a 17 year-old rape victim from Virginia who had performed this abortion on herself, Muscio explained, "She told me that it filled her with power to realize that she could have such a huge effect on her own body and in her own life."

A Religious Experience
     The various themes that ran through CuntFest and the book for which the festival was named seemed to be a religious awakening to the supporters present in the crowd of over a hundred. The women on the stage were more explicit.

     "It is toward the ultimate end of feeling empowered," expressed Mazzaferro, who concluded that women should be able to express their sexual desires in public, to live out these desires, and to have control over their lives.

     For Yates, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence is her Bible. "If something very shitty is going on in my life, I pick up that book and can find a part of it to read to help me; even just practical things like 'hmm, what birth control should I use?'"

     Lesbianism is the living out of this faith. "I dreamt of Medusa, of Cleopatra, of Catherine riding bareback in the town square," divulged poet Dora McQuaid. "I dreamt of women who held love like a power, wielded it like a tool, and ruled ruthless and adamant."

     When Dobkin handed out "lesbian dollars" to bid on items from her "bag of tricks," Yates was quick to bid "whatever you want; anything!" for her desired item. Others jumped at the chance to bid on the vibrating pillow to sit on. "We like vibrating stuff!" exclaimed the winners.

     Storm shared a poem about a fantasy she had of an old lady sitting in front of her on the bus. She pictured her having sex with another woman half her age, and described the old lady's hands as "hands that may have been inside her, and very well may have been inside another woman."

     Womyn's Concerns and FMLA alleged misrepresentation of CuntFest to get funding and approval may lead to serious and long-lasting consequences. Student officials at Penn State have already asked for the notes and tapes recorded at the event in order to amass evidence in the case.

     As Covener said about the lack of resources being diverted to questionable events such as this one, "Many groups complain about the lack of cash for scholarly activities such as attending professional conferences, meanwhile we are spending thousands of dollars on 'pussy juice'?"

 

 

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Catholic member of Penn State Faculty responds to the misinformation in his Presidents letter sent out to all Penn State employees.


A Letter from the President

(The following is the text of a letter sent to all Penn State
employees. It is also on Penn State's website.)

May 18, 2001

Dear Colleagues:

As I complete my sixth year as President of Penn State, I am
writing to express my continuing gratitude for the opportunity to
serve Penn State. This is a job with daily challenges, to be sure.
I've experienced more of them this year than perhaps in any of my
previous 24 years in higher education administration. At the same
time, I am witness to the great progress demonstrated daily on our
24 campuses. I have the opportunity to come to know so many of the
extraordinary accomplishments of our faculty and staff. And
especially at this time of year, through our numerous commencement
ceremonies, I see the joy of our graduates and the pride of their
families.

Penn State continues on a trajectory of growing excellence in
learning, discovery, and engagement. One of the goals I stated in
my inaugural State of the University address -- to be the top
university in the nation in the integration of teaching, research,
and services-- is surely within reach. I believe we have made great
progress in another of the goals I stated in that same address--
humanize the university. Despite an undue amount of negative
publicity this year, I believe that we can be proud of our
collective efforts to create an environment that is welcoming for
every member of the Penn State community. We have come a long way
together, but at the same time we have some distance to go. I wish
to use the opportunity of this letter to communicate with you some
thoughts about this past year.

In that inaugural address, I said "The single most important key to
opening the doors wider to all people is to create an environment
in which everyone feels welcome. We must eliminate intolerance and
harassment within what should be an enlightened community of
faculty, staff, and students. I urge all members of the University
community to intensify efforts to promote greater understanding and
to work toward the goal of civility and acceptance of increased
cultural diversity and sensitivity." I've met no one in six years
who would disagree with such a goal, yet somehow many believe that
we have fallen short. I ask you to join me in our efforts to remedy
our shortcomings.

Several events at the University Park campus have drawn statewide
or national media attention this year and caused concern for Penn
State
employees, students, alumni, donors, lawmakers and the
public. In light of this attention, I thought it would be useful to
share with you my perspective on some of the most visible events. I
am mindful that many members of the Penn State family have very
different points of view on such matters. My purpose is not to
stimulate a new dialog on the controversial issues behind us, since
I've already received valuable feedback from hundreds of people on
each of the topics I will cover. Rather, I'm hopeful that my
reflections will provide a context for looking ahead to future
challenges.

We are in an era of Internet-speed communications, listservs,
instant news availability through satellite news trucks that park
on campus, an increased amount of time to fill in television
newscasts, and a growing number of individuals and organizations
who find the University a ripe platform from which to pursue
narrowly-focused agendas that don't take into account Penn State's
broader obligations. In addition to being a valuable tool for
disseminating information, there is unlimited opportunity in such a
context for misinformation, miscommunication, misinterpretation,
and misrepresentation. I have therefore been most grateful to those
of you who, appreciating such complexities, have sought information
before rushing to judgment and have sent along messages of support
and understanding.

Let me first address the riots that occurred on Beaver Avenue in
downtown State College this past summer and more recently this
spring. I want to state unequivocally how damaging these
disturbances are to the reputation of the University and community.
We have made it clear to students -- and will continue to do so in
very visible and public ways during the coming year -- that we will
not tolerate rioting, and that any Penn State student who
participates in a riot will very quickly become a former Penn State
student. I ask for your support of this position and for any
assistance you can provide in communicating this message to our
students, their families, and alumni.

Virtually all students who have been arrested during the riots have
been suspended or expelled from the University. This approach will
continue. In addition, we have worked very closely with the Borough
of State College and apartment owners to develop a series of
measures to prevent future disturbances. These include security
cameras in public spaces, better lighting, stronger enforcement of
loitering laws, a greater police presence in the area during events
of high risk for safety, enforcement of lease provisions for misuse
of apartment balconies, and stronger sanctions from the University
for students involved in this type of activity.

I interact with thousands of students each year who bring credit to
the University by their exemplary behaviors. They represent the
true character of the vast majority of our students. It is sad that
the actions of a few individuals have painted Penn State in such a
negative light, but we are confident that the steps being taken
will dramatically reduce the risk of repeat riots. Although
alcohol-fueled riots are a national trend, we won't let that trend
continue here.

A second topic meriting comment involved two events, a festival and
a faire, both with sexual themes, that were produced by a student
group
on campus. These events were widely publicized because of
their content, the intense scrutiny of a state representative, and
the subsequent insatiable media interest in the controversy that
followed. Many alumni, lawmakers, countless citizens, and some
within the University community viewed these events as
inappropriate and unacceptable by any standard, notwithstanding
free speech considerations. At the same time, many in the
University community, accustomed to respecting free speech, viewed
these events as simply another activity among the thousands each
year sponsored by our approximately 500 student groups at
University Park.

My view? The Supreme Court has been explicit in its rulings that
universities must treat student groups in a content-neutral manner.
Yet most Americans realize that the exercise of our
constitutionally-protected rights come with a responsibility to be
mindful of how such free speech impacts those around us. We can
argue that no taxpayer dollars were used for either event-- quite
true-- and we can argue that nothing about these events was illegal
-- also true. But I would also argue that we must all be mindful of
the impact of our programs on the University and the community.
Although I personally found much of the content associated with
these events offensive, I realize that some would disagree, and I
would never argue that my value system should serve as the gold
standard.

Even if one argues that only interested parties attend such
programs, we are in an era when news reports of sexually explicit
events bring such content to the public's attention. There are, of
course, those whose values do not support the existence of such
programs. And we are vulnerable to those who would deliberately
exploit us through misrepresentation. The events fueled a
predictable media circus, demonstrating that unintended and
sometimes counterproductive consequences result when such programs
are played out in an arena beyond the walls of academe.

In the end we must achieve a balance between our cherished exercise
of free speech and sensitivity to the many individuals and publics
we serve as a state-related university. We have asked our Student
Affairs staff to work more closely with student organizations in
thinking through the complexities of this balance.

Let me turn now to the racist hate mail received this year, the
concerns about safety that it generated, and the discussion about
racism and bigotry that followed. I want to review the safety issue
first, because it is one of great concern to parents, students, and
all of us associated with Penn State. Assertions that this is a
hateful and unsafe community belie my own impressions. The
University Park campus of Penn State, where this issue has recently
been raised, is one of the safest campuses in America. Our crime
statistics are reported every year according to federal mandate and
are available on our web site. There are very few communities in
America that are safer than State College. Safety is a top priority
of this University, and will continue to be so. Parents should feel
comfortable sending their children here.

Nevertheless, we are mindful that recent hate mail generated fear
and anxiety, especially for our students of color. My colleagues
and I abhor such threats. We are unequivocal that we will not
tolerate acts of hate and bigotry. Although we can't stop someone
from disrupting our community by sending a letter or e-mail, we can
and will continue to do everything within our power to combat
racism and intolerance. By improving the climate for all, by
creating a welcoming environment for individuals of every race,
religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability, we can
perhaps minimize the likelihood that threats and messages of hate
will have the opportunity to disrupt our educational and social
experiences. Minority students feel especially vulnerable in our
community, and we thus must do all we can to make such students
feel safe and welcomed.

Our plans include reviewing the diversity requirement in our
curriculum, which we expect will create a broadened set of course
offerings in several departments, including the Department of
African and African-American Studies. We plan to foster additional
research on such topics as the African continent and the
African-American experience, expanding our already extensive
expertise in these areas. And we will strengthen our internal
system of accountability for progress on Penn State's long-standing
goals in this area.

The recent racial incidents drew an unprecedented level of national
attention to Penn State and have led many to believe that there is
much racial divisiveness on campus. Without providing an exhaustive
summary of incidents, let me highlight the most visible ones. In
the fall of 1999, approximately 60 African American students at
Penn State received a hateful e-mail. Law enforcement officials,
working with Penn State network security experts, were able to
trace that e-mail to a computer lab at Temple University in
Philadelphia, but the perpetrator could not be identified.

In the fall of 2000, we became aware of four individuals who
received an anonymous note through the mail containing racist
language. One of the recipients received police protection for
several days following receipt of the letter. On April 20th, that
same student received another anonymous letter, postmarked in
Altoona, which contained a death threat. The University police
immediately began providing her with 24-hour protection --
protection that continued through graduation. The FBI was
immediately alerted and its investigation continues.

The letter also said that a black male had been killed and his body
placed on the north slope of Mount Nittany, and alluded to a bomb
threat at graduation. Over the next three days, 34 police officers
and a number of search dogs scoured Mt. Nittany. The State Police
provided a helicopter with infrared sensing equipment. No body was
found.

In the hours that followed the receipt of the letter, the
University alerted our Resident Assistants, who did head counts to
make sure that no students were missing; we initiated increased
security in the residence halls; sent an e-mail to all students,
alerting them of the incident and seeking information; the
University and the Penn State Alumni Association put together a
reward for information leading to the arrest of the sender of the
letter. The reward now totals $25,000. We sent a press release to
the community to alert them; the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspector and
the State Attorney General were called and joined the
investigation. Eight senior members of the administration met with
leaders of the Black Caucus to discuss their concerns in those
hours, and I joined the discussions as soon as I was able to return
from an out-of-town commitment. We decided to plan an event to
bring all student groups together in a march against hate and
intolerance at our campus. Dozens of student organizations agreed
to co-sponsor the march. Two members of the Black Caucus later
joined the planning for this march.

The planned March did not happen, and the Paul Robeson Cultural
Center
became the venue for further expressions of concern and
extended discussions. These discussions were, in many ways, a
continuation of some 20 hours of meetings I had held with students
over a four- month period.

During the course of these discussions, there were two unfortunate
murder victims discovered in Pennsylvania that some people tried to
link to Penn State. After the 38- and 26-year-old New York City
victims were identified through fingerprints from police records,
the police investigation was able to completely rule out any
linkage to Penn State. In the days that followed we put forward
great effort to examine security issues and to make sure that we
were doing all that we could as a University to cooperate with law
enforcement officials.

One of the outcomes of the discussions with students was an
enhanced plan for diversity at Penn State, which supplements the
Framework to Foster Diversity released in 1997. I believe this
enhanced plan is an important step toward creating a welcoming
environment.

There is no question that racism is a terrible scourge in our
society. And we should not pretend that it does not exist at
universities such as Penn State. I have no doubt that many of our
students of color experience discrimination, insensitivity, and
bigotry. We must stand together to educate each other and the
thousands of new students who join us each year to eradicate such
indignities and intolerance. I have heard from scores of you who
are strongly committed to a caring and welcoming community. This
characterizes the overwhelming majority of Penn Staters. I ask for
your continued help and support.

As I said at the beginning of this letter, this has been a year of
achievement for the University, and we must not lose sight of this
progress. To cite but one shining example, we can all be proud of
the efforts of thousands of students who bring great credit to Penn
State
through the Dance Marathon, which raised $3.6 million this
year. We are also honored that the Templeton Foundation named Penn
State as one of the leading universities in America in moral
leadership. Penn State is highly regarded by its alumni, by faculty
at other institutions, and by the leadership of our state. I hope
that everyone with an interest in Penn State will appreciate that
much of what has caught the public's attention in the past year
does not reflect the true soul of our University. It would be naive
to think that any university will ever be free of controversy. Our
goals, our aspirations and our traditions remain intact. I hope
that each of you will make that point to anyone who asks about our
institution.

My thanks to all of you in the Penn State family for your continued
support and for the invaluable work that you do in keeping Penn
State at the forefront of American higher education.

Sincerely,


Graham B. Spanier


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Commentary by Gary L. Morella, Catholic member of Research Faculty of Penn State follows.


President Spanier's "undue amount of negative publicity" was well deserved as his policies encourage freedom's confusion with license. There is a huge difference between authentic freedom, doing what you ought, and license, doing what you want. The former is an absolute requirement for civilization; the latter inevitably leads to anarchy, civilization's demise.

Where was the "enlightened response" in regard to the elimination of intolerance and harassment toward Catholics at Penn State who periodically see their faith attacked? Consider the University's allowance of an artwork that blasphemed the Mother of God, held to be the Mother of Church by Catholics, by depicting a sculpture of her within a bloody vagina complete with surrounding pubic hair in the name of some misguided radical feminism? When that happened, Penn State's art department, to give the impression that such a bastardization of a Roman Catholic icon would never happen again, was allowed to get away with generating a set of admittedly "ambiguous guidelines" that could be easily circumvented. It is to be noted that the same "artist", after being allowed to desecrate the Mother of God, was subsequently allowed to display a large matrix of female panties with a cross stiched to the crotch of each, not exactly how Christians are used to seeing the major symbol of their faith.

Where was this response when the Penn State alumni magazine recently did a front page feature on a Catholic heretic who has made a career of defaming the Teaching Magisterium of the Church to the point of repeatedly attacking the Pope? Would that same magazine have been allowed to do a similar feature on a practicing member of the Klu Klux Klan or a known anti-semite just because that individual was a graduate of Penn State? I seriously doubt that, but of course, anti-Catholicism has become one of the last acceptable forms of prejudice in our "politically correct" culture for obvious reasons. It holds that absolute truths exist and are knowable through the natural law and reason, not just revelation with faith enabling reason, and reason reinforcing faith.

What is President Spanier referring to by "narrowly focused agendas?" Does he include in that those members of Penn State University, the surrounding community, and the majority of the State House who hold that the blatant promotion of pornographic filth at taxpayer expense is a gross misuse of the trust that the Commonwealth has placed in him to oversee the largest university in the State? Such concerns are certainly not "narrowly focused." They get to the heart of what a university is all about, education and a search for the truth as opposed to indoctrination via the lie that "anything goes" for specious unlimited free speech concerns that have never existed. How could they? If they did, President Spanier's professors would be allowed to lie to their students, e.g., a Chemistry professor could say that "valence has no meaning in Chemistry," an absurdity if atom models showing outer electron shells illustrating the affinity of elements in combining to make compounds mean anything, which they most certainly do.

For the record, I fully support President Spanier in the required disciplining of those who do not know the meaning of the word responsibility and accountability in regard to the riots on campus. But I would ask a simple question. What kind of example do they have when their University's message is "talk is cheap" in reference to questions of accountability and responsibility? To say that "no taxpayer dollars were used for either event - quite true" is a lie as well-documented in the budget hearings in Harrisburg.  It is a fact that residents of the Commonwealth subsidized the promotion of pornographic filth on this campus to include a bare-breasted lesbian committing lewd sex acts in the name of education. No tortured spin by President Spanier or his spokesmen can change that fact. To say that "The Supreme Court has been explicit in its rulings that universities must treat student groups in a content-neutral manner" in no way removes the responsibility of those groups from obeying the law, and the University, by sanctioning their actions, from insuring that they obey the law. It is a fact that obscenity laws were broken at Penn State, especially during the event known as "C-fest", an event that was so crude, we can't even use the disparaging obscene reference to female genitalia that was publicly displayed on Penn State's campus announcing its existence when referring to it, a problem that those in authority at Penn State did not have.

What kind of impression did President Spanier expect to convey to the public by allowing "C-fest" to be proudly proclaimed as a "Penn State event?"

I applaud President Spanier's concern for those who have felt the brunt of invidious discrimination. What I don't understand is why certain groups, e.g., orthodox Catholics, are somehow excluded from that concern. As a university whose goal is a search for the truth, it would behoove President Spanier to make sure that his enhanced "diversity" requirements do not confuse diversity with perversity, which is what is happening at Penn State through the Vice-Provost's Office of Educational Equity. That office promotes homosexual lifestyles as an alternative to heterosexuality in an affirmative action civil rights sense, which is problematic to say the least given the latest research that we're talking about changeable behavior, not immutable, innate characteristics such as skin color or ethnicity, or constitutionally protected behavior.

President Spanier's continued obfuscation of the use of the phrase "sexual orientation" in an innate final sense is fallacious as repeatedly shown by studies from the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and most recently, by Dr. Robert Spitzer of the American Psychiatric Association in a study that showed that those heterosexuals with homosexual tendencies can change from homosexual back to heterosexual behavior.

It's interesting for me, as a Catholic member of the Penn State faculty, one who has seen the brunt of intolerance to any views against the promotion of the filth of homosexual lifestyles as normal on this campus to the point of the student newspaper, The Collegian, printing a comment by someone who suggested that many on this campus "might want to kill me for my views," to note that I have never received any response from my many queries to President Spanier about his concern for the anti-Catholicism that surfaces on his campus. In reference to the aforementioned glorification of a Catholic heretic, when I contacted President Spanier, he had no comment on that issue. Instead he referred me to the editors of the magazine. I submit that his silence speaks volumes as to the hypocrisy of Penn State's tolerance being for a select few.

There is a huge distinction between invidious and just discrimination. The former is to be abhorred; the latter is necessary, e.g., parents do this all the time, discriminating between what is right and wrong, in consideration for the welfare of their children. President Spanier, by his inability to acknowledge this distinction as explicitly shown by his refusal to recognize what the meaning of the word "wrong" was at the Harrisburg budget hearings in reference to a question regarding "Was it wrong to sanction Sex Faire and C-Fest at Penn State?" has shown the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that he does not understand a basic truth knowable to "responsible" parents. This is a sad observation for a man entrusted with the welfare of 80,000 individuals on Penn State campuses across Pennsylvania.

Accordingly, President Spanier's letter rates an "F" for its hypocritical ignorance of the persecution of people of faith on his campus, a faith that does not allow for the support of beliefs that it holds in anathema.

I would remind the State Legislators in Harrisburg what Penn State's solution to the aforementioned art problem was, i.e., "ambiguous guidelines." If you want to see a repeat of this ambiguity that puts a higher priority on "liberalism run amuck" than on common sense, let Penn State solve the problem without any State oversight. But I warn you; you may not like their solution which, if history is evidence, will come under the heading of "talk is cheap."


Gary L. Morella

Research Assistant, Penn State University

 

 

 

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Untitled Art Fails On All Accounts

 

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Freshmen Orientation At Penn State Is A Cause For Concern For Christian Parents

 

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Once Again It's Open Season on Catholicism at Penn State for Anti-Catholic Bigots in the Arts

 

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Penn State Ex-Coach, Others Charged in Child Sex Case

Published November 05, 2011

| Associated Press

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June 6, 2011: Penn State President Graham Spanier, left, and Director of Athletics Tim Curley, right, pose with Penn State's new men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers during a press conference.

Harrisburg, PA –  Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and another school administrator were charged Saturday with perjury and failure to report in an investigation into allegations that former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused eight young men, state prosecutors said.

Sandusky, 67, of State College, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail, the attorney general's office said. Curley, 57, and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, both of Boalsburg, were expected to turn themselves in Monday in Harrisburg. Schultz's position includes oversight of the university's police department.

Closely identified with the school's reputation as a defensive powerhouse and a program that produced top-quality linebackers, Sandusky retired in 1999.

 

Longtime head coach Joe Paterno, who has more victories than any coach in the history of Division I football, was not charged, authorities said. When Paterno first learned of one report of abuse he immediately reported it to Curley, prosecutors said.

 

Sandusky, who worked with at-risk children through his Second Mile organization, was charged with seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; eight counts of corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of indecent assault and other offenses. A preliminary hearing for Sandusky is scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Attorney General Linda Kelly called him "a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys."

 

The grand jury identified eight young men who were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky from 1994 to 2009, prosecutors said.

 

As stunning as the charges were the names implicated at a school where the football program is known for its consistency as much as its success -- a big change this year was the removal of white trim from players' uniforms.

 

"It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury," Kelly said.

Prosecutors said all of the young men first encountered Sandusky through Second Mile.

A grand jury report, which recommended charges, said the first to come to light was a boy who met Sandusky when he was 11 or 12. The boy received expensive gifts and trips to sports events from Sandusky, and physical contact began during his overnight stays at Sandusky's home, jurors said

Sandusky was banned from the child's school district in Clinton County in 2009, after his mother reported alleged sexual assault to his high school. That triggered the state investigation that culminated in charges Saturday.

Kelly said that seven years before that, in 2002, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on campus. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.

Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said.

"Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law," Kelly said.

"Additionally, there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child ... or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information from the person who witnessed the attack."

The jury said Curley lied when he testified repeatedly that he was never told Sandusky had engaged in sexual misconduct with a child, Kelly said, adding that portions of Schultz's testimony also were not deemed credible by the jury.

Penn State president Graham Spanier called the allegations against Sandusky "troubling" but said Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support and he predicted they will be exonerated.

"I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," he said. "I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee."

Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the Nittany Lions' national-title teams in 1982 and 1986. The team is enjoying another successful run this season; at 8-1, Penn State is ranked No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and is the last undefeated squad in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions were off Saturday.



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The “Can’t Change” Myth

The “Born that Way” Myth

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The “Just as Healthy Myth”

November 5, 2011

by Dale O'Leary

Refuting the Distortions of the GLBTQ Activists

Distortion #3: Persons with SSA are just as healthy as persons in husband/wife marriages.

Contrary to the claims made by activists that persons with SSA are on average as psychological healthy as those without SSA (some of which reference a non-representative and poorly designed study of 30 men with SSA done in 1957),[1] numerous recent, large, well-designed studies have found that persons with are far more likely to suffer from psychological disorders.[2] depression, substance abuse problems, and suicidal ideation, than persons without SSA. The authors of these studies reached the following conclusions:

“Gay/lesbian participants reported more acute mental health symptoms than heterosexual people and their general mental health also was poorer.”[3]

“Homosexual orientation, defined as having same-sex sexual partners, is associated with a general elevation of risk for anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders and for suicidal thoughts and plans.”[4]

“Results indicate that gay-bisexual men evidence higher prevalence of depression, panic attacks, and psychological distress than heterosexual men. Lesbian-bisexual women showed greater prevalence of generalized anxiety disorder than heterosexual women. “;[5]

“The findings support the assumption that people with same-sex sexual behavior are at greater risk for psychiatric disorders.”[6]

“Gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women have high levels of mental disorder[7]

The differences are significant. In the longitudinal  study by Fergusson and associates of a birth cohort of over 1,000 children born in Christchurch New Zealand reported on data collected over a 25 year period. At age 21 the rate of major depression for persons with SSA were in this group was almost double that of persons with no SSA (71.4% to 38.2 %.). A review of the literature published in the Journal of Human Sexuality provides a complete analysis of the research.[8]

It should be noted that the rate of SSA among persons borderline personality disorder is significantly higher than in the general population.[9] However, in some cases persons with schizophrenia present with SSA, but the SSA is resolved when the schizophrenia is treated.[10]

No longer able to deny the extent of the problem, activists argue that these problems are caused by societal oppression.[11]  Were this true one would expect to find the co-morbidly to be lower in countries where acceptance and tolerance are higher, but this is not the case. Studies in Netherlands[12] and New Zealand – both noted for tolerance – have found high levels of various psychological disorders similar to those found in countries considered less tolerant.[13]

These studies do not include sexual disorders such as sexual addiction, promiscuity, compulsive masturbation, pornography addiction, gender identity disorders, paraphilias, all of which are more common among people with SSA than among the general public.[14] Were these also considered, the burden of co-morbidity would be even higher for persons with SSA.

[1] Evelyn Hooker, “The adjustment of the male overt homosexual,” Journal of Projective Techniques, 21 (1957): 18-31.

[2]  Richard Herrell et al., “A co-twin control study in adult Men: Sexual orientation and suicidality,” Archives of General Psychiatry, 56, 10 (1999): 867-874;

David Fergusson, John Horwood, Annette Beautrais, “Is sexual orientation related to mental health problems and suicidality in young people?,Archives of General Psychiatry, 56, 10 (1999): 876-888;

Theo Sandfort et al., “Same-sex sexual behavior and psychiatric disorders: Findings from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS),” Archives of General Psychiatry, 58 (2001) 85-91;

Theo Sandfort et al., Sexual orientation and mental and physical health status: Findings from a Dutch population survey,” American Journal of Public Health, 96, 6 (2006): 1119-1126

R. deGraff, Theo Sandfort, M. ten Have, “Suicidality and sexual orientation: differences between men and women in a general population-based sample from the Netherlands,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 3(2006): 253-262;

Stephen Gilman et al., “Risk of psychiatric disorders among individuals reporting same-sex sexual partners in the National Comorbidity Survey,” American Journal of Public Health, 91, 6 (2001): 933-939:;

Susan Cochran, Greer Sullivan, Vickie Mays, “Prevalence of mental disorders, psychological distress, and mental health services use among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in the United States, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,  71, 1 (2003): 53-61:“

James Warner et al., “Rates and predictors of mental illness in gay men, lesbians, and bisexual men and women,  British Journal of Psychiatry,  185 (2004); 479-485.

[3] Sandfort, (2006)

[4] Gilman, (2001)

[5] Cochran, (2003)

[6] Sandfort, (2001)

[7] Warner, (2004)

[8] James Phelan, Neil Whitehead, Philip Sutton, ”What the Research Shows: NARTH’s response to the APA Claims on Homosexuality” Journal of Human Sexuality 2009, Vol. 1.

[9] J. Parris, H. Zweig-Frank, J. Guzder, “Psychological factors associated with homosexuality in males with borderline personality disorders,” Journal of Personality Disorders, 9, 11 (1995): 56; G. Zubenko et al., “Sexual practices among patients with borderline personality disorder,” American Journal Psychiatry, 144, 6 (1987): 748-752.

[10] J. Gonsiorek, “The use of diagnostic concepts in working with gay and lesbian populations,” (in J. Gonsiorek, Homosexuality and Psychotherapy, NY:Haworth, 1982)

[11] Cochran, (2003): Barry Schreier, “Of shoes, and ships and sealing wax”; Schreier suggests that: “Perhaps instead of sexual reorientation individuals could seek religious reorientation to any number of majorU.S. religions that are affirming of people with same-sex orientation.”

[12] Sandfort, (2001)

[13] Fergusson, (1999)

[14] Alan Bell, M. Weinberg, Hammersmith, Sexual Preference: Its Development in Men and Women. (Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press, 1981); Alan Bell, M. Weinberg, Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women. (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1978).

 

 

 

The “Can’t Change” Myth

November 5, 2011

by Dale O'Leary

Refuting the Distortions of the GLBTQ Activists

Distortion #2:  Persons with SSA can’t change

In 2003 Dr. Robert Spitzer, who had thirty years before been instrumental in the decision of the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA, published a study of 200 men and women who had undergone therapy for SSA and reported change in their pattern of sexual attraction. At the time a major initiative had been launched by pro-SSA mental health professionals to ban therapy directed to changing SSA. Spitzer conducted phone interviews with 200 persons who had been in treatment for SSA. He concluded that although not all successfully became functioning heterosexuals, some did and the rest felt the therapy had benefited them.[1] The study was not designed to discover the percentage of those in therapy who experience a real change, only if anyone in therapy experienced a change of orientation. The conclusion they had.

Because of the controversial nature of the study the editors of Archives of Sexual Behavior and the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy solicited comments on the study which were published together with the original study. There were several repeated themes in the critiques: 1) the people who claimed change were either lying or deceiving themselves; 2) they weren’t really gay to begin with but bisexual[2]: 3) any effort to change sexual orientation is oppressive to those who try and fail and because it increases discrimination against entire gay and lesbian community[3]; 4) such studies will negatively affect the gay political agenda;  5) the interviewee may have had high levels of internalized homophobia, their motivation was religious and rather than changing their sexual orientation they should have changed their religion.[4]

In response it should be noted that:

1)   Reports from clients and from therapists using a wide variety of treatment protocols spanning the various schools of therapy go back over 125 years and it is difficult to believe that all these people are lying.[5]  The Journal of Human Sexuality provides a comprehensive review of the literature on therapy for unwanted SSA, which shows that almost every form of therapy had some success. There are also reports of spontaneous change[6]  and of change during treatment for other disorders.[7] It should be noted that some persons presenting themselves for treatment of SSA may actually have another disorder. For example, a significant minority of clients with “unwanted SSA” actually have “unwanted OCD”- they are more distressed by obsessive thoughts/ urges/images/etc. than attracted by/to them.

A number of studies have found that the percentage of persons with SSA is not stable over time.[8] Many young men who believed they were “gay” as teenagers become heterosexual in their twenties.[9] Women who thought they were lesbian in college go on to marry.[10] Married women with children decide in their 30’s that they are lesbians.[11] Lesbians who enter into relationships and acquire babies decide they are really heterosexual.[12] Even those who deny the possibility of total change admit that change of behavior is possible.[13]

2)   It does appear that men and women with some heterosexual experience have a better prognosis.[14] However, since a high percentage of persons with SSA have had some heterosexual experience this should be encouraging to those considering therapy. Change also appears to be more common among women than men.

3)   It is true that failing to achieve one’s goals in therapy is disheartening, but no one suggests that it is unethical to offer a therapy unless one can a guaranteed 100% total cure. Therapists treating depression don’t promise clients they will never have a relapse. [15]

4)   A careful reading of the articles opposing therapy for change reveals that the authors who see therapy for change as unethical[16] do so because they view such therapy as oppressive to those who do not want to change[17] and view those persons with same-sex attraction who express a desire to change as victims of societal or religious oppression.[18] Therapy should be guided by the best interests of clients not the political goals of a special interest group.[19]

5)   Forced to choose between sexual inclinations and religious faith, it is not surprising that some people should choose faith. They should certainly have that right and have the right to therapy that helps them live according to their conscience.[20]

It should be noted that almost without exception, those who want to ban therapy directed toward changing sexual orientation, also reject abstinence from non-marital sexual activity as a minimal goal.[21] Therapists who accept homosexual acts as normal also accept infidelity in committed relationships,[22] anonymous sexual encounters, general promiscuity, prostitution, auto-eroticism,[23] pornography addiction, sado-masochism, so-called “sex change” operations, and various paraphilias. Some even support a lessening of restrictions on sex between adults and minors[24] or deny the negative psychological impact of sexual child abuse.[25] Some of those who consider therapy unethical also challenge established theories of child development.[26] Almost without exception they place blame for the undeniable problems suffered by homosexually active adolescents and adults on societal oppression.[27]

Some forms of therapy encourage the patients to replace one form of sexual behavior with another.[28] Some therapists, for example, do not consider a patient “cured” until he can comfortably engage in sexual activity with the other sex, even if the patient is not married.[29] Others encouraged patients to masturbate using other-sex imagery.[30] Obviously none of this – even if it were effective – is acceptable for many therapists or clients. It should be noted that even when clients enter therapy with a willing therapist and with the expressed intention of changing their pattern of sexual attraction, most therapists focus on healing the childhood wounds and adolescent emotional conflicts and developing a healthy masculine or feminine identity and healthy same sex friendships, not on  stimulating opposite sex attraction.[31]

Some of those who have struggled with same-sex attractions believe that they are called to a celibate life. They should not be made to feel that they have failed to achieve freedom because they do not experience desires for the other sex. Others wish to marry and have children. There is every reason to hope that some will be able, in time, to achieve this goal. They should not, however, be encouraged to rush into marriage since there is ample evidence that marriage is not a cure for same-sex attractions.

Experienced therapists can help individuals uncover and understand the root causes of the emotional trauma that gave rise to their same sex attractions and then work in therapy to resolve this pain. Men experiencing same-sex attractions often discover how their masculine identity was negatively affected by feelings of rejection from father or peers or from a poor body image that result in sadness, anxiety, anger and insecurity. As this emotional pain is healed in therapy, the masculine identity is strengthened and same sex attractions regularly diminish.

Women with same sex attractions can come to see how conflicts with fathers and/or other significant males led them to mistrust male love, or how lack of maternal affection led to a deep longing for female love. Insight into causes of anger and sadness will hopefully lead to forgiveness and freedom. All this takes time. In this respect individuals suffering from same-sex attraction are no different than the many other men and women who have significant emotional pain and need to learn how to forgive. Forgiveness has been show to be affective in resolving the affects of painful experiences.[32]

A number of therapeutic strategies are available to those working with clients with unwanted SSA. For example, in an article entitled “The Primacy of Affect” Joseph Nicolosi discusses how Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapies and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy has proven effective with some clients[33]:

“It is through this connectedness with the therapist that the client allows himself to feel the bodily sensations that are associated with his painful early experiences. Healing moments occur when the client feels seemingly ‘unbearable’ affect, while at the same moment, experiencing the support of the therapist. Thus, in a process of interactive repair, their attuned relationship actually changes the neurological structure of the brain.”[34]

There is every reason for hope that with time those who seek freedom will find it. However, while we can encourage hope, we must recognize that there are some who will not achieve their goals. We may find ourselves in the same position as a pediatric oncologist who speaks of how when he first began his practice there was almost no hope for children stricken with cancer. The physician’s duty was to help the parents accept the inevitable and not waste their resources chasing a “cure.” Today almost 70% of children recover, but each death leaves the medical team with a terrible feeling of failure. As the prevention and treatment of same-sex attraction improves, the individuals who still struggle will, more than ever, need compassionate and sensitive support.  Also, some persons who initially attempt- and fail- to develop their heterosexual potential, find serenity in living celibacy [35]


[1] Robert Spitzer, “Can some gay men and lesbians change their sexual orientation? 200 participants reporting a change from homosexual to heterosexual orientation,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 5 (2003): 403-417.

[2]  Craig Hill, Jeannie DiClementi, “Methodological limitations do not justify the claim that same-sex attraction changed through ‘Reparative therapy,’” (in Ex-Gay Research): 143; Helena Carlson, “A methodological critique of Spitzer’s research on reparative therapy,” (in Jack Drescher, Kenneth Zucker, ed. Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer study and its relation to science, religion, politics, and culture, (Harrington Park: NY 2006) ):  92.

[3] Milton Wainberg et al, “Science and the Nuremberg Code: A Question of Ethics and Harm,” (in Ex-Gay Research): 197.

[4] Richard Friedman, “Sexual Orientation Change: A study of Atypical Cases,” in Ex-Gay Research): 116; Craig Hill, Jeannie DiClementi , “Methodological limitations,’” (in Ex-Gay Research ): 142.

[5] In addition to several reviews of the literature (R. Goetze, Homosexuality and the Possibility of Change: A Review of 17 Published Studies, (Toronto Canada: New Directions for Life, 1997); W. Throckmorton, “Efforts to modify sexual orientation: A review of outcome literature and ethical issues,” Journal of Mental Health and Counseling, 20, 4 (1996): 283-305), there are numerous reports from therapists of success in treatment: Ruth Barnhouse, Homosexuality: A Symbolic Confusion  (NY: Seabury Press, 1977); E.  Bergler, Homosexuality: Disease or Way of Life, (NY: Collier Books, 1962). Bieber, Homosexuality; D. CapponToward an Understanding of Homosexuality, (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1965); F. Caprio, Female Homosexuality: A Psychodynamic Study of Lesbianism, (NY: Citadel, (1954); S. Hadden, “Male homosexuality,” Pennsylvania Medicine (February1967): 78; J. Hadfield, “The cure of homosexuality,” British Medical Journal, 1 (1958): 1323-1326: L. Hatterer, “Changing Homosexuality in the Male,” (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1970); H.  Kaye et al., “Homosexuality in Women,” Archives of General Psychiatry, 17 (1967): 626-634; R. KronemeyerOvercoming Homosexuality, (NY: Macmillian, 1980);  J. Nicolosi, Dean Byrd, R. Potts, Towards the Ethical and Effective Treatment of Homosexuality,  (Encino CA: NARTH, 1998); Carl Rogers et al.,  “Group psychotherapy with homosexuals: A review,” International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 3(1976): 3; Jeffrey Satinover, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, Grand Rapids MI: Baker, (1996). Mention of Stanton Jones. Mark Yarhouse book, Ex-Gays: A longitudinal study of religiously mediated change in sexual orientation, (Downers Grove,IL: IVP Academic, 2007):

http://www.narth.com/docs/APA2009SymposiumReport.pdf

[6] Elaine Siegle, Female Homosexuality: Choice without Volition, (Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1988):

[7] Dean Byrd “The malleability of homosexuality: A debate long overdue,” (in Ex-Gay Research): 83 -87.

[8] Edward Lauman et al., The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States, (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1994): Lisa Diamond “Sexual identity, attractions, and behavior among young sexual-minority women over a two-year period,” Developmental Psychology, 36, 2 (2000): 241-250

[9] Warren Throckmorton, “Hiding truth from school Kids: It’s Elementary Revisited,” June 16, 2004,www.drthrockmorton.com/article.asp?id=78.

[10]Lesbian until graduation,” Wikipedia, July 2007.; Lisa M. Diamond, Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire (Boston, MA: Harvard UP, 2009) http://www.narth.com/docs/diamond.html:

[11] “Feminism Turned Happy Hetero Woman Toward Homosexuality,” WorldNetDaily.com (July 1, 2007); Janelle Hallman, The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction: A comprehensive Counseling Resource, (IVP:Downers Grove,IL, 2008)

[12] Dale O’Leary, One Man, One Woman, (ManchesterNY: Sophia Institute Press, 2007)

[13] The APA Task Force Report declares that sexual behavior, attraction, and orientation identity are fluid — i.e., changeable. “Recent research on sexual orientation identity diversity illustrates that sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual orientation identity are labeled and expressed in many different ways, some of which are fluid” (p. 14; cf. p. 2, 63, 77); Eli Coleman, “Toward a new model of treatment of homosexuality: A review, “Journal of Homosexuality. 3, 4(1978): 345 – 357; W. Herron et al., “Psychoanalytic psychotherapy for homosexual clients: New concepts,” (in J. Gonsiorek, ed., Homosexuality and Psychotherapy, NY:Haworth, 1982).

[14] F. Acosta, “Etiology and treatment of homosexuality: A review,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 4 (1975): 9-29.

[15]  Neil Whitehead, Christopher Rosik, ”Practice guidelines for therapists”, Journal of Human Sexuality, 2010, Vol. 2.

[16] G. Davison, “Politics, ethics and therapy for homosexuality,” (in W. Paul et al., Homosexuality: Social, Psychological and Biological Issues,Beverly HillsCA: Sage, 1982): 89-96; B. Gittings, “Gay, Proud, Healthy,”PhiladelphiaPA: Gay Activists Alliance (1973).

[17] D. Begelman, “Ethical and legal issues of behavior modification,” (in  M. Hersen, R. Eisler, P. Miller, Progress in Behavior Modification, NY: Academic, 1975); T. Murphy, “Redirecting sexual orientation: Techniques and justifications,” Journal of Sex Research. 29, (1992): 501 – 523; S. Sleek, Concerns about conversion therapy. APA Monitor, (October, 281997): 16; J. Smith, “Psychopathology, homosexuality, and homophobia,” Journal of Homosexuality, 15, 1/2(1988): 59-74.

[18] D. Begelman, “Homosexuality and the ethics of behavioral intervention,” Journal of Homosexuality, 2, 3(1977): 213-218; Charles Silverstein, “Behavior Modification and the Gay community,” Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. NY, (Oct. 1972).

[19] Summary of the Symposium: APA Task Force on Sexual Orientation: Science, Diversity and Ethicality http://www.narth.com/docs/symposium2010.html.

[20] Philip M. Sutton, “Historic APA Symposium on Religiously Mediated Change in Homosexuality,” . http://www.narth.com/docs/APA2009SymposiumReport.pdf

[21] R. Barrett, R. Barzan, “Spiritual experiences of gay men and lesbians,” Counseling and Values, 41 (1996): 4-15.

[22] James Nelson, “Religious and moral issues in working with homosexual clients,” (in J. Gonsiorek, Homosexuality and Psychotherapy, NY:Haworth, 1982): 163-175.

[23] Marcel Saghir, E. Robins, Male and Female Homosexuality: A Comprehensive Investigation, (Baltimore MD: Williams & Wilkins, 1973).

[24] H. Mirkin, “The pattern of sexual politics: Feminism, homosexuality, and pedophilia,” Journal of Homosexuality, 37, 2 (1999): 1-24.

[25] Bruce Rind, R. Bauserman, P. Tromovitch, “A meta-analytic examination of assumed properties of child sexual abuse using college samples,” Psychological Bulletin, 124, 1 (1998): 22-53; Smith 1988

[26] Davison, Op. Cite.; E. Menvielle, “Gender identity disorder,” (Letter to the editor in response to Bradley and Zucker article). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 37, 3 (1998): 243-244.

[27] American Psychological Association, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, “Guidelines for psychotherapy with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients,” www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/publications/guidelines.html; Kristin Hancock, “Psychotherapy with lesbians and gay men,” (in Anthony D’Augelli, Charlotte Patterson, eds., Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Identity over the Lifespan, NY:Oxford, U. Press, 1995) 398-432.

[28] M. Schwartz, W. Masters, “The Masters and Johnson treatment program for dissatisfied homosexual men,” American Journal of Psychiatry. 141(1984): 173-181.

[29] William Masters, V. Johnson, Homosexuality in Perspective.Boston: Little Brown, Co., (1979).

[30] J. Blitch, S. Haynes, “Multiple behavioral techniques in a case of female homosexuality,” Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 3(1972): 319-322; S. Conrad, J. Wincze, “Orgasmic reconditioning: A controlled study of its effects upon the sexual arousal and behavior of adult male homosexuals,” Behavior Therapy, 7 (1976): 155-166.

[31] Elizabeth Moberly, Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic) Cambridge, England: James Clarke, 1983); Joseph Nicolosi, Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality, (Northvale NJ: Aronson, 1991).

[32] Robert Enright , Richard Fitzgibbons, Helping Clients Forgive (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books, 2000).

[33] http://www.aedpinstitute.com/

[34] Joseph Nicolosi, “The Primacy of Affect,” http://www.narth.com/docs/affect.html

[35] Stanton Jones. Mark Yarhouse book, Ex-Gays: A longitudinal study of religiously mediated change in sexual orientation, (Downers Grove,IL: IVP Academic, 2007);

http://www.narth.com/docs/APA2009SymposiumReport.pdf

 

 

 

The Born that Way Myth

November 5, 2011

by Dale O'Leary

Refuting the Distortions Promoted by the GLBTQ Activists

Distortion #1: Persons with SSA are born that way

In 1995 the Journal of Homosexuality published two double issues[1] in which a number of authors reviewed various theories suggesting a biological causation for SSA – genetic, hormonal, brain structure, sociobiological. The conclusion of the editors: “Current research into possible biological bases of sexual preference has failed to produce any conclusive evidence.”[2] The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) home page offers a number of articles which latest claims for the “Born that Way” theory.[3]

Supporters of the “born-that-way” theory frequently cite a 1993 study by Dean Hamer and associates who claimed to have found a “gay gene.”[4]  However, other scientists have failed to duplicate their results.[5] And a genome wide study of 465 individuals by Mustanski and associates found no genetic basis for homosexuality.[6]

Some researchers have tried to cloud the issue by speaking about heritability – the way in which inherited traits may affect behavior. It is undeniable that inherited traits such as temperament, appearance, talents, and physical coordination do affect the way individuals interact with their environment, the way they are treated by others, and the way they respond to stress. There is no evidence that such inherited traits predestine a particular individual to SSA. Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, explained, “there is an inescapable component of heritability to many human behavioral traits. For virtually none of them is heredity ever close to predictive.”

It has been suggested that SSA is caused by hormones. Tests on adults revealed no hormonal differences.[7] A review of the literature on hormone levels in persons with SSA found no evidence of abnormalities:  “The current consensus opinion is that no causal relationship exists between adult hormonal status and sexual orientation[8]

In 1991 Simon LeVay claimed to have found differences in brain structure of men and women with and without SSA.[9] His oft-referenced study was based on a small unrepresentative sample of men who died of AIDS. It also reveals a limited understanding of brain development. Even if differences were found that would not validate the born-that-way theory. According to Jeffrey Schwartz, author of The Mind and the Brain, “Key brain structure can change in response to your experience as an adult.”[10] Since the actions, experiences, and sexual behavior of a person with SSA may be substantially different from that of persons without homosexual experience, one would expect that differences in brain structure and response to various stimuli might be detected.

Sociobiologists have offered theories of how SSA could be genetically determined given that persons with SSA have fewer children. One theory suggests that having an uncle with SSA might increase the survival offspring of nieces and nephews. An article analyzing these theories concluded that they “were derived primarily from current stereotypes about homosexuals” and were “misconceived and without scientific merit.”[11]

Although each biological causation theory has been discredited, the media continues to announce that a biological cause for SSA has been or is just about to be discovered. For example, a study by Ivanka Savic, et al entitled “Brain responses to putative pheromones in homosexual men[12] reported on the difference between the ways in which persons with and without SSA reacted to particular smells. The study was misreported by the Associated Press which stated that it added “weight to the idea that SSA has a physical basis and is not learned behavior.” There is nothing in the study to suggest that these differences were present at birth and not the result of experience. Dr. Savic informed the AP that their interpretation of her work was “incorrect and not stated in the paper.”[13] AP was forced to correct its report.[14]

William Byne in an article entitled “Science and belief: Psychobiological research on sexual orientation” discusses the problem of flawed research. According to the abstract, the article:

“Analyzes the assumptions and evidence that support biologically deterministic theories of sexual orientation. It is concluded that support for these theories derives as much from their appeal to prevailing cultural ideology as from their scientific merit. This appeal may explain why seriously flawed studies pass readily through the peer review process and become incorporated rapidly into the biologically deterministic canon where they remain viable even when replication attempts repeatedly fail.” [15]

Gerard van den Aardweg in an article entitled “Homosexuality and Biological Factors: Real Evidence None, Misleading Interpretations Plenty,[16] has carefully analyzed the current claims for a biological cause and explains why each is flawed. The Whiteheads similarly have critically examined and refuted such claims and continue to evaluate each new report claiming evidence of genetic and/or biological factors associated with homosexuality.[17]

Conclusion: There is no scientific replicated evidence that SSA is genetically or hormonally predetermined or that persons with SSA were born that way.


[1] David Parker, John DeCecco, “Sexual Expression: A Global Perspective,” (in Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire, 1995, simultaneously issued as Vol. 28 Journal of Homosexuality): 427.

[2] Ibid.

[3] http://www.narth.com/menus/born.html

[4] Dean Hamer et al., “A linkage between DNA markers on the X chromosome and male sexual orientation,” Science, 261 (1993): 321 -327; Byne, “Science and belief:” 309.

[5] George Rice, et al., “Male homosexuality: Absence of linkage to microsatellite markers at Xq28,” Science, (April 1999) 665-667.

[6] B.S. Mustanski, et al.,, “A genome wide scan of male sexual orientation,” Human Genetics, 116, 4 (2005): 272-278

[7] Louis Gooren, “Biomedical concepts of Homosexuality: Folk belief in a white coat,” (in Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire, 1995) 237.

[8] H. Meyer-Bahlburg, “Psychoendrocrine research on sexual orientation: Current status and future options,” Progress in Brain Research, 61 (1984) 375-399; William Byne, B. Parsons, “Human sexual orientation: The biologic theories reappraisal,” Archives of General Psychiatry, 50 (1993): 229-239; Louis Gooren, op. cite.

[9] Simon LeVay, “A difference in hypothalamic structure between heterosexual and homosexual men,” Science. 258 (1991): 1034-1037: LeVay later admitted: “It’s important to stress what I didn’t find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn’t show that gay men are ‘born that way … Since I look at adult brains, we don’t know if the differences I found were there at birth or if they appeared later.” (David Nimmons, “Sex and the Brain,” Discover (March 1, 1994) 64-71).

[10] Jeffrey Schwartz, Sharon Begley, The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force, (NY: Regan Books, 2002) 252.

[11] Mildred Dickerman, “Wilson’s Panchreston: The Inclusive Fitness Hypothesis of Sociobiology Re-Examined,” (in Sex Cells and Same-Sex Desire, 1995): 147.

[12] Ivanka Savic, et al, “Brain responses to putative pheromones in homosexual men,” Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 102, 20 (2005): 7356-7361.

[13] Robert Knight, “AP reports ‘gay brain’ study incorrectly  www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?Article_ID-50136

[14] Hilary White, “AP Issues Incomplete Correction on Lesbian Study,” LifeSiteNews.com, (May 15, 2006) http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/may/06051505.html

[15] William Byne, “Science and Belief: Psychobiological Research on Sexual Orientation.”  (in Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire, 1995) 304.

[16] Gerard van den Aardweg “Homosexuality and Biological Factors: Real Evidence none, misleading interpretations plenty,” NARTH Bulletin, www.narth.com/docs/aardweg.pdf.

[17] Whitehead (2010)

 

 

 

Synopsis of the Evidence in the Defense of Marriage

November 5, 2011

by Dale O'Leary

The defenders of marriage should take advantage of what is known about same-sex attraction (SSA), because those promoting the redefinition of marriage have manipulated public opinion by distorting the facts and research. The five main distortions are:

1)   Persons with SSA are born that way.

2)   Persons with SSA can’t change.

3)   Persons with SSA are just as healthy as persons in husband/wife marriages.

4)   Same-sex relationships are just like husband/wife marriages except for the sex of the partners.

5)   Children acquired by persons in same-sex relationships don’t have excess problems.

There are numerous studies refuting the first two points and no credible studies supporting either.

There are numerous well-designed large studies which have found that persons with SSA are far more likely that married men and women to suffer from:

Psychological disorders

  • Sexual additions and paraphilias
  • Suicidal ideation and attempts
  • Substance abuse and addiction, including to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes
  • To have unstable, unfaithful, non-permanent, non-exclusive relationships
  • To have health problems, particularly STDs including HIV and cancer
  • To have been victims of sexual abuse, rape, or domestic violence

Those defending marriage frequently point out that same-sex relationships lack complementarity, but fail to explain how that lack affects the quality of the relationship and causes one or both of the partners to sacrifice something essential to their human dignity. Same-sex relationships fall into a number of patterns. The following list covers some of these patterns and how the lack of natural complementarity negatively impacts individuals involved:

1)   Pseudo husband or wife – The man imitating the role of the wife senses it is unmanly to be dependent on another man. The woman imitating the role of husband often still wants to mother.

2)   Parent/child – The younger male partner by accepting the child role sacrifices his right to become a full adult. The woman accepting the child role becomes permanently dependent. The relationship is inherently incestuous.

3)   Asexual friendship – Many same-sex relationships start passionately and quickly devolve into asexual friendships. The same-sex friend no longer excites passion. The males in asexual friendships engage in casual sex outside the relationship. Among women, the “dead bed” is common. Asexual friendships do not need to be recognized as marriages.

4)   Clones/fusion – Persons in some same-sex relationships try to eradicate all differences. Individuality is not tolerated

5)   Loneliness caused by absence of the other sex or fear of the other sex caused by abuse – The persons involved sacrifice their natural heterosexuality. These relationships are inherently unstable and the person may, when the opportunity occurs, return to a heterosexual relationship.

Same-sex relationships do not promote the best interests or meet the real needs of the persons involved. The push for social recognition may be motivated by the erroneous belief that their relationship problems are caused by external forces rather than the inherent lack of true complementarity.

Children

Children acquired by same-sex couples a subject to problems inherent in their status. In addition, same-sex couples are more likely to be at risk for a number of problems which directly impact their ability to parent.

1)   Intrinsic Factors – Every child acquired by a same sex couple has by definition been separated from one or both of his biological parents, through death, desertion, single parenthood, foster care, adoption, artificial insemination donor, or surrogate motherhood. Even in the best of circumstances such separation is perceived by the child as a loss. A same-sex couple is never the best of circumstances. It is by definition second best because it lacks a parent of both sexes. Worse still this particular tragedy is not accidental, but the result of the conscious, planned action of the persons on whom the child is dependent. These children are purposefully and permanently made fatherless or motherless. Adopted children ask: Why? What will these children ask? In addition, same-sex families with children function like a cult. The child’s loss is denied. The children are made to feel that their legitimate desire for a parent of both sexes is a betrayal of their family’s sacrifice in the face of a hostile, non-accepting, homophobic culture.

2)   Risk Factors  — Persons with SSA are far more likely than married men and women to suffer from psychological disorders, sexual addiction and paraphilias, suicidal ideation and attempts, unstable relationships, health problems, and to have been victims of abuse or violence. These problems rarely occur singly. Many persons with SSA suffer from a combination of disorders. In addition each same-sex relationship contains two persons who are at high risk, doubling the potential for a sub-optimum outcome. One has to ask: Are social workers intentionally ignoring problems when placing children with same-sex couples who have serious problems.

Those defending marriage need to make this information known.

Evidence supporting the material presented here can be found in my book One Man, One Woman.  Those who need specific references may email me at dalemoleary@yahoo.com or my blog http://daleoleary.wordpress.com/ This article was published on LifeSite.com on Nov. 5, 2011