Right Wing Hastens to Hold Up Gay Adoptive Dad, Alleged Pedophile, As Typical of All Gays
Pundits on the right lost no time in seizing on the shocking case of a gay adoptive father who allegedly offered his five-year-old son as a sex object online.
Pointing to the case, which culminated in a June 26 arrest, a June 29 Christian News Wire article titled "Lombard Demonstrates Why Gays Should Not Be Able to Adopt" reported the broad outlines of the case, in which Duke University Center for Health Policy Associate Director Frank Lombard allegedly offered an undercover officer the sexual services of his young adopted son.
The article also used the case to decry, in equally broad terms, adoption by same-sex couples, taking the occasion to promote a purported study reportedly done by discredited researcher Paul Cameron.
Cameron, a long-time anti-gay activist and chairman of the Family Research Institute, was quoted in the article as saying, "The cant that ’gay parents are no more likely to molest’ is not based on evidence but liberal ideology."
Cameron, whose membership in the American Psychological Association was discontinued by the APA in 1983, and who was specifically cited in a 1984 resolution by the Nebraska Psychological Association that read, "[The NBA] formally disassociates itself from the representations and interpretations of scientific literature offered by Dr. Paul Cameron in his writings and public statements on sexuality," has, nonetheless, gone on to author a number of studies purporting to prove various claims about gays, including that they die younger than straights and that children reared by gay couples are "more apt to report sexual confusion... more apt to be socially disturbed... more apt to abuse substances... less apt to get married... more apt to have difficulty in attachment and loving relationships..."
Cameron’s claims were examined by an online essay by Dr. Gregory Herek that observed, "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."
Cameron was not alone in hastening to exploit the shocking allegations made against Lombard.
A Web site purporting to be run on behalf of the Republican Party of Vermont, RPV.net, posted a June 28 article on the story in which it was reported that Lombard allegedly told an undercover officer that he had carried out an instance of abuse against the child while using a chat room under the user name "Perv Dad for Fun."
Lombard, the article said, then offered the boy to the officer for sex, inviting the officer to cross state lines in order to abuse the child.
The article said that Lombard had spoken of drugging the boy.
But the article quickly turned to the politics of the case, asserting, "The big question remains on how Duke University and the media will address this in light of explosive nature of gay adoption and homosexuality in the current political environment."
Added the article, "So far the mainstream media has been mum on this issue even though they were quick to rush judgment in the case of the Duke Lacrosse players which were later found to be innocent."
The article went on to cite a case in the United Kingdom in which two adoptive fathers were found to have been molesting their four sons.
The article also referenced a UK case in which a ring of pedophiles was broken up and several men arrested, including a prominent GLBT equality advocate, James Rennie, who allegedly sexually assaulted an infant.
The article went on to reference research that asserts that gays are up to 40 times more likely to abuse children than are straights--a claim that has been challenged on methodological grounds.
Statistically, well over 90% of pedophiles are heterosexual.
But anti-gay activists say that there are a disproportionate number of gays among pedophiles, basing their claim partially on an estimate that gays only constitute between 1% and 2% of the general population.
However, the methodology for gathering the data for such studies relies heavily on self-reporting, the reliability of which is uncertain.
The article quoted Dr. Judith Reisman, whose Ph.D. is on communication, but who has made claims as to the physiological effects of pornography on the brain (unsupported by any research), as well as comparing GLBT youth organizations to the Hitler Youth.
The article also repeated claims that gays suffer more sexual abuse as children, then grow up to become abusers in their turn.