Paul Cameron–Fake Science and the Eastern Psychological Association

The other day I blogged about Paul Cameron and his son Kirk.  They presented a paper at the EPA and now have been releasing their ‘finding’ to various anti-gay activists and organizations.  For an excellent breakdown of this fake science, see Jim Burroway’s article at Box Turtle Bulletin.

 Paul and Kirk Cameron are fakes and are using the EPA to broadcast their junk science.  I’ve just written an email to the three people who run the EPA and have asked them to look into Paul and Kirk Cameron.  I’ve also ask them to think about the damage that the Camerons are causing to gays and lesbians, and using the EPA to do it.

 

Dear Professors Hineline, Sternberg and Sweiss,

I am writing about your recent conference and its inclusion of Dr. Paul and Kirk Cameron (father and son).  The Camerons presented a poster at your conference in the Social:  Gender,Ethnicity, Sex, Relationships section (Friday, March 23, 2007).  Their poster was titled "Federal Distortion of Homosexual Footprint."  What these two people were trying to show was that the lifespans of gays and lesbians are considerably shorter due to the so-called dangerous nature of homosexuality.  Of course this is junk science and one of the main sources for the Cameron’s ‘research’ is obituaries from gay and lesbian papers.  As we all know, not everyone who dies is included in obituaries.  Nevertheless, the Camerons use this flawed data to present their ‘research’ at the Eastern Psychological Association.  The fact that these two were allowed to present this junk science was, I hope, a mistake since it gives the EPA a bad reputation.

As you probably already know, Paul Cameron has been kicked out of numerous academic societies for ethical problems related to his relentless attacks on gays and lesbians.  He was kicked out of the American Psychological Association in 1983 for the "violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists (http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_cameron_sheet.html).  In Oct. 1984 he was kicked out of the Nebraska Psychological Association and it took the step of formally disassociating itself from Cameron and his research.  In 1985 the American Sociological Association condemned his ‘research’ and "officially and publicly states that Paul Cameron is not a sociologist, and condemns his consistent misrepresentation of sociological research."

The problem that I have with the Eastern Psychological Association promoting this junk science of the Camerons is that it is doing damage to the gay and lesbian community.  Since their poster presentation, the Camerons have put out numerous ‘articles’ on how gays and lesbians have a more dangerous lifestyle and a shorter lifespan than smokers (http://www.earnedmedia.org/fri0403.htm), how married gays and lesbians have a shorter lifespan when they can get married (http://www.earnedmedia.org/FRI040507.htm).  In both of these news releases, the Camerons use the Eastern Psychological Association to show that their research is accepted in the academic community. 

Both of these articles state:

"So reported Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association on March 23…The EPA, is the oldest regional Psychological Association in the United States. At its Philadelphia convention members presented the latest advances in scientific work to colleagues."

This implies that the Cameron’s junk science was an advance in real science.

I sincerely hope that someone at the EPA will take a closer look at the junk science of the Camerons and will publicly respond.  They are using the name of the EPA to broadcast these lies and distortions and all you need to do is to do a search for Paul Cameron on the internet and you will see that a variety of anti-gay websites and news organizations are touting with glee that Paul and Kirk Cameron have presented at the EPA and therefore their research is valid to keep gays and lesbians from marrying and worse yet, to keep gays and lesbians from adopting. 

Please, I hope that someone in your organization can respond to some of these claims and possibly take the same action at the APA and the ASA have done to distance themselves from Paul and Kirk Cameron.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kevin Kaatz

Their emails are:

 

Philip Hineline, President, Temple University | hineline@temple.edu

Robert Sternberg, President-Elect, Tufts University | robert.sternberg@tufts.edu

Stanley Weiss, Past-President & Chair of Elections, American University | sweiss@american.edu

 

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