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Some Very Political Science


The news is stuffed with "studies" in which "experts" tell us how we should behave. One recently found that conservatives have lost their trust in science over the last 40 years. That's probably because the very political academics of science are routinely summoned to prove the right-wingers are not only wrong but dangerously wrong and not just dangerously wrong but evil, too.

These studies are laughable.

First, there was the study purporting to prove that conservatism appeals to low-intelligence racists "who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world." Then there was the scientific study that parents should be allowed to kill their newborn babies because they were "morally irrelevant."

The latest doozy tries to spread science on the notion that "homophobia" is just the conservative's resistance to his own repressed latent homosexuality. The gay site Lez Get Real announced, "Sometimes it takes a study to prove exactly what everyone already knows." This came under the headline "Self-Loathing Closet Cases Often Virulent Homophobes."

A team at the University of Rochester, the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Essex in England announced their results. USA Today reported with delight that, "Acceptance of gays and lesbians has never been higher, but anti-gay bias still exists. A new study suggests intense hostility toward homosexuals may be linked to a repressed same-sex attraction, combined with an authoritarian upbringing."

This isn't science. It's psychobabble mumbo-jumbo, where somehow our potty training or our breast-feeding or our spankings have shaped our most deeply held adult beliefs. The same liberals who complained it was utterly unscientific for Sen. Bill Frist to diagnose Terri Schiavo's medical condition from the Senate floor think it's scientific to guess about the "unconscious" things that conservatives have hidden from themselves inside their own brains.

In a video issued by his college, Richard Ryan of the University of Rochester explained that "authoritarian" parents are creating hatred of the "other" and destroying the natural harmony of the world. "If you're a parent who really strongly believes your child should be a heterosexual, and then you use whatever means you can to convince them that they're only good and worthy if they are, this would be very controlling.

This creates a lot of conflict in the child, and what we see in this study is one way that gets resolved is by them being discriminating or hateful towards gay and lesbian others."

What if you're a religious parent who feels that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful, at odds with what God intended for humanity? These academics don't like to discuss religion, except by implying that religious parents are "controlling" and "authoritarian" and prompt "hateful" attitudes.

Secular leftists hate it when conservatives bring religion into politics, arguing it's unfair to say God favors the Republican agenda. But then they turn around and bring science into politics, insisting that science favors the liberal agenda, that "reality has a liberal bias."

Those who actually think this study is science should really check out some of the methods these scientists applied to uncover the unconscious homosexuality of conservatives. Science Daily explained some tactics:

1. In one experiment, college students were shown words and pictures on a computer screen and asked to put these in "gay" or "straight" categories. Before each of the 50 trials, participants were subliminally primed with either the word "me" or "others" flashed on the screen for 35 milliseconds. They were then shown the words "gay," "straight," "homosexual," and "heterosexual," as well as pictures of straight and gay couples, and the computer tracked precisely their response times. "A faster association of 'me' with 'gay' and a slower association of 'me' with 'straight' indicated an implicit gay orientation." What?

2. "A second experiment, in which subjects were free to browse same-sex or opposite-sex photos, provided an additional measure of implicit sexual attraction." Uh-huh.

3. Through a series of questionnaires, participants also reported on the type of parenting they experienced growing up, "democratic" or "authoritarian." For gauging the level of homophobia in a household, subjects responded to sentences like: "It would be upsetting for my mom to find out she was alone with a lesbian," or "My dad avoids gay men whenever possible."

What a wheelbarrow full of nonsense this is! What's dressed up here as science is really just intellectual intimidation and political bullying. Tell the homophobe he's secretly gay. That will drive 'em crazy. This study proves nothing except the agenda of the alleged scientists and the journalists pushing it.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Methinks the lady doth protest too much!
Comment: #1
Posted by: Bill
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:43 AM
Re: Bill

Exactly right Bill, what can I say, everything L. Brent says about science is what you would expect from a group that snears at global warming, even though the sea is rising, islands will disappear and glaciers are melting. They think science is bunch of mumbo jumbo, there is no evolution, there is no genetic predisposition to sexuality, the earth is flat and the earth is the center of the universe.

As a friend to many gays there is an awesome connection between homophobia and closeted gays. Gays see it all the time, the sneering at scientific studies, the use of religion and the bible as a basis of fact is absurd. The bible was written two thousand years ago, re-interpreted over 22 times, and written by people in caves who were throwing stones at each other and thought that eating shellfish and mixing meat and milk would kill you. Nice rules for the time when they had no idea about bacteria, or refrigeration, they just knew that shellfish could make you very sick. They used the information they had at the time, nothing wrong with that. Homosexuality and bisexuality were accepted and no big deal throughout history. The Greeks had their sexual male partners and their wives, so did many other cultures.

How foolish L. Brent is in poo-poohing science, it just makes him look like an old fart. Not open to new ideas or science. A gay friend of mine said, what kind of idiot would "choose" to be gay, he knew he way gay when he was 7 years old. A most difficult life, no one chooses it, anymore than I guess L. Brent chooses to be a dottering old fart..He just is what he is. I guess old has nothing to do with it, I bet L. Brent was a homophobic, science hating, fuddy duddy when he was 18. He fits so nicely with the right wing.

Comment: #2
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:20 PM
Nowhere in 13 Corinthian's description of love does it say "love is heterosexual".
A comment I once read that has stayed with me is, I'll tell you how I "chose" to be gay when you tell me how you "chose" to be straight.
What I infer from that is we have a tendency to gravitate at a very early age to whatever sex appeals to our deeper self or our sexual nature, whoever appeals to that part of ourselves is our "choice". It evolves and is made long before a child reaches the age of true understanding of the differences in the sexes or of sexuality, and long before they are taught to feel ashamed if they are attracted to the "wrong" sex. Personally I think the most "unnatural thing in the world" is making a child feel ashamed if he is attracted to his or her own sex. That's your child, if you don't support them who will?
Vilifying homosexuality seems to be just another weapon from the zealots arsenal, namely whatever portion of society they've chosen to hate and whatever holy book they've chosen to cherry pick. Their need to control the behaviors of others usually caused by the inability to control their own thoughts and desires.
Of this I am sure, we are not meant to live our lives alone. The good Lord in his wisdom, designed us as sexual beings and historical artifacts and documents support that homosexuality has been around as long as mankind. Maybe not all human beings were meant to reproduce, but the gifts they had to offer could only have come about through the love and support of someone of the same sex. We'll not know in this life. Either way, I've never subscribed to this "holier than thou" type of theology.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Steve
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:39 AM
Here goes Broom again with her elitist, smug, clueless promotion of her masters propaganda. If global warming is such a forgone conclusion based on scientific fact then why were so- called expert scientists caught red-handed manipulating and outright lying about data? It is science to you when it supports your outdated, failed ideas but anything but science when it goes against your archaic ideas. Face it Broom, you are just nasty and intolerant to anyone who dares to disagree with the way that you are told to think by your masters.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Thetruth
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:40 PM
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