More On Paul Cameron

It is hard to believe that some people are still using and still quoting Paul Cameron, the disgraced (and dangerous) ‘scientist’ who runs his own non-profit–The Family Research Institute (which has nothing to do with families and all to do with the evil, dirty homosexuals). 

The Southern Poverty Law Center fights for Civil Rights and they track hate groups.  Here is what the Southern Poverty Law Center has to say about Paul Cameron (I’ve taken bits and pieces–you can go to the original site with the link I’ve provided). 

"…gross distortions lifted straight from the pages of pseudo-scientific studies by Dr. Paul Cameron, a crackpot psychologist and champion of the anti-gay crusade."

"Under the guise of chairman of the Family Research Institute, his statistical chop shop in Colorado Springs, Colo., Cameron has published dozens upon dozens of research studies that offer homophobes a supposedly scientific justification for their prejudices by invariably concluding that gays and lesbians are dangerous and diseased perverts.

"Homosexuality is an infectious appetite with personal and social consequences," is how Cameron describes the phenomenon he studies. "It is like the dog that gets a taste for blood after killing its first victim and desires to get more victims thereafter with a ravenous hunger."

"While he makes no attempt to disguise his personal bias, Cameron dresses up his studies with footnotes, bibliographies and charts, and then publishes them in bogus "academic" journals. His work is propaganda masquerading as science and has been repeatedly unmasked as such by many legitimate scientists. Cameron himself has been cast out of both the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association. The ASA declared that, "Dr. Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented sociological research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism.""

"Not one of Cameron’s anti-gay studies has been published in a respected scientific journal with rigorous content review standards."

"In 1978, Cameron authored a sex guide for Christian teenagers called Sexual Gradualism (see sidebar) in which he assigned numeric values to sexual acts: Kissing level three, heavy petting level five, intercourse level eight. In it, he suggested that teens experiment with heterosexual sex, short of intercourse, as a means of preventing homosexuality. "While no parent wants his child starting the sexual process ‘too young,’" he wrote, "better too young than homosexual.""

"Legitimate scientists have identified and described in detail multiple fundamental flaws in the ISIS study’s methodology and statistical analysis, any one of which would be enough to destroy its credibility. But still, to this day, Cameron’s 1983 survey serves as the religious right’s primary wellspring of anti-gay fear mongering."

"The same year Cameron conducted the ISIS survey, he released a separate study claiming that homosexuals are "10-20 times more likely than heterosexuals to molest children," a startling figure that still frequently pops up in hard-right religious sermons and AM radio screeds.  Cameron based that finding on a 1978 study by Nicholas Groth, the highly respected director of the Sex Offender Program at the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Groth had interviewed 175 convicted child molesters and found that more of them had molested boys than girls. Cameron’s statistic is derived from the false assumption that men who molest boys are gay, despite the fact that Groth’s original study found that none of the men identified himself as homosexual. Instead, the pedophiles were either heterosexual outside of their criminal behavior or were what Groth termed "fixated pedophiles with no interest in sex with adults.  Groth was outraged and filed a formal complaint with the American Psychological Association that led to Cameron losing his professional accreditation. "Dr. Cameron misrepresents my findings and distorts them to advance his homophobic views," Groth wrote the APA. "He disgraces his profession." "

"In 1987, Cameron moved to Washington, D.C., and changed the name of his organization to the Family Research Institute. Later that year, his institute set up a booth in the exhibit hall at the Third International Conference on AIDS featuring banners that read, "Stop the pipeline: Cut homosexual travel" and "Problem: A worldwide homosexual network. Solution: Destroy the homosexual infrastructure. Punish homosexual acts.""

"…That same year, the Family Research Institute released Cameron’s infamous "Gay Obituary Study," in which he calculated the "average gay life span in America." He did this by culling 6,000 obituaries from gay publications at the height of the AIDS crisis, tallying the ages of death in each, dividing them by 6,000, and thus arriving at the conclusion that the average life span for a gay man is 43 years old."

The Southern Poverty Law Institute lists Paul Cameron’s Family Research Institute an anti-gay Hate GroupThey define anti-gay as :  "Anti-gay groups are organizations that go beyond mere disagreement with homosexuality by subjecting gays and lesbians to campaigns of personal vilification."

Here is another site that chronicles Paul Cameron (I’ve taken out the links to Paul Cameron’s site):

Psychologist Paul Cameron has used his own studies to claim that homosexuals threaten public health, social order, and the well-being of children. His conclusions are generally at odds with other published research, and objective indices show that his work has had no apparent impact on scientific research on sexual orientation.

See Dr. Herek’s blog
for updates.

Although Cameron has been criticized in the popular press, extensive scientific critiques of his group’s research have not been widely available. Those that have been published have been brief or appeared in obscure journals. This inattention by the scientific community is perhaps not surprising, given the poor quality of the Cameron group’s data and the low prestige of the journals in which they have published. Most scientists have simply ignored the Cameron studies.

Lacking training in research methods and statistics, however, nonscientists may not be equipped to subject the Cameron group’s results to the rigorous scrutiny that they warrant. Consequently, they may mistakenly assume that the Cameron group’s papers are basically sound because they included lengthy bibliographies, reported many statistics, and were published in academic journals. Some members of the lay public may not understand that the mere presence of bibliographic references does not guarantee an assertion’s accuracy or validity, that statistics can easily be generated from faulty data, and that academic journals vary widely in their quality and their criteria for accepting papers for publication.

This section of the site includes a critical review of the principal source of data for the Cameron group’s publications, their 1983-84 surveys conducted in eight US municipalities. Six serious errors are identified in the Cameron group’s sampling techniques, survey methodology, and interpretation of results. The presence of even one of these errors would be sufficient to cast serious doubts on the legitimacy of any study’s results. In combination, they make the data virtually meaningless.

In addition, a brief note describes the fundamental methodological flaw in the Cameron group’s study of obituaries in the gay press.

And data from objective indicators are reported to show that the Cameron group’s studies have had no discernible impact on scientific research. Their papers have been published in journals with extremely low levels of professional prestige and scientific impact, and have been cited in only a handful of other academic articles, most of which criticized their methodology.

Information is also provided about censures of Paul Cameron by various professional associations, along with links to other relevant sites.

Paul Cameron: Introduction

The Cameron group’s survey studies

The Cameron group’s "gay obituary" study

The Cameron group’s publication outlets

Fact sheet about Paul Cameron

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin monitors Paul Cameron’s activities. Relevant posts include: Exposing Junk Science about Same-Sex Behavior.

Links to other pages about Paul Cameron

Return to Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation

Also see Jim Burroway’s excellent article on Paul Cameron, titled Paul Cameron’s World

You also need to Read Alvin McEwen’s Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters:  Exposing the Lies of the Anti-Gay Industry

You can also read what I have written about Paul Cameron here and here and here



Now after reading all of that about this person who only writes to vilify the glbt community and whose organization is a registered hate group, why on earth would anyone cite Paul Cameron?  That is what I really want to know.

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