Meck commissioner calls gays ‘sexual predators’ in email to colleagues

GOP's Bill James balks at letter on 'Don't Ask' repeal

Originally published: Dec. 27, 2010, 3:24 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2010, 3:40 p.m.

Bill James

CHARLOTTE — Anti-gay, Republican Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James on Monday said gays are “sexual predators” in an email to his colleagues on the board.

James’ remarks were made in response to County Commissioner Chair Jennifer Roberts’ request to send a letter thanking some members of the Charlotte-area congressional delegation for their “yes” votes on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal this month. Roberts was to send the letter to U.S. Reps. Larry Kissell and Mel Watt and U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan. President Barack Obama last week signed the repeal act into law.

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“Homosexuals are sexual predators,” James wrote in one email from a string of several between county board members, Roberts and County Manager Harry Jones, and provided by James to qnotes. “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining US military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to.”

James added, “The US Government would not allow Hetero men and women to share showers and other personal facilities yet the leading homosexual in Congress (Barney Frank) thinks it is OK for homosexuals to do so allowing enlisted men and women to fall prey to higher ranking or more powerful homosexuals who ogle them (or worse).”

Other county commissioners also objected to sending the letter, according to other emails also received by James. In one, Republican Vice Chair Jim Pendergraph says he is against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and relates a story of his encounter with a gay servicemember following his enlistmen in 1969.

“I don’t think the timing is right for this,” Pendergraph wrote, “and as a 19 year old enlistee from Steele Creek in the U.S. Army in 1969, the first homosexual I ever encountered was in basic training. He was the company clerk. It was a bad scene and this individual exerted his authority on young impressionable recruits.”

Pendergraph added, “Whatever you send, don’t put my name on it. I don’t see this as anything to be proud of.”

This month’s DADT repeal came after a months-long Pentagon report found there would be minimal unit cohesion or disruption problems resulting from an orderly policy repeal and implementation. Of the thousands of servicemembers surveyed during the Pentagon’s report, 70 percent said DADT repeal would have no or very little impact on troop morale or readiness.

Roberts, a Democrat, also specifically asked Republicans on the board about their thoughts on the letter, as DADT was not an issue on the county’s legislative agenda. Roberts especially sought to thank Burr, the only Republican senator in the Southeast to vote for repeal and the first such senator ever to vote positively on pro-LGBT legislation.

James said he would not congratulate Burr: “I suspect Richard Burr will pay a high electoral price for his actions but whether it boots him from office next time is unknown,” James wrote. “I know I won’t be supporting him even if he does have an R after his name.”

Fellow GOP Commissioner Karen Bentley also objected to the letter and voiced her opposition to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, saying she was “highly disappointed” by Republican Burr’s affirmative vote on the issue on Dec. 18.

Burr won’t face another election until 2016.

Commissioner Harold Cogdell, Jr., a Democrat, also opposed the letter though he did so because matter was not an item on the county’s legislative agenda.

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James also said he’d undertaken his own communication to the new Republican leaders of North Carolinas state legislature. He says he’s asked them to take up a variety of anti-gay social cause, like banning gay adoptions, prohibiting domestic partner benefits and placing on the ballot an anti-LGBT, anti-family marriage amendment to the state constitution.

James’ anti-gay comments following the Christmas holiday are not the first time the public official has spoken out strongly on LGBT issues. He often uses derogatory language or slurs to describe LGBT people in debates or communication with fellow public officials and constituents. During debate last December on domestic partner benefits for county employees, James leaned over to his Democratic colleague, Vilma Leake, and called her son a “homo.” Leake’s son died from AIDS in the 1990s.

James has been in office for nearly two decades and was one of the “Gang of Five” who voted to strip public arts funding in the 1990s during the county’s “Angels in America” controversy.

The Mecklenburg Gay and Lesbian Political Action Committe (MeckPAC) released a statement condemning James’ remarks on Tuesday. The full statement is reprinted below:

MeckPAC Statement on County Commissioner Bill James’ recent homophobic statements:

MeckPAC commends Commissioner Roberts on her initiative to thank local members of Congress who voted yes on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” MeckPAC also commends those members themselves, which include Reps. Larry Kissel and Mel Watt, and Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan. Ending that discriminatory policy was long overdue and is a major step toward equality for LGBT Americans.

Unfortunately, County Commissioner Bill James made comments in an email regarding DADT that homosexuals are “sexual predators.” These remarks are shocking, though not surprising considering his past rhetoric. Near the same time last year, Commissioner James called fellow Commissioner Vilma Leake’s deceased son a “homo.” Commissioner James has also said that black Americans live in a “moral sewer.” Such statements continue to be well over the line of decency and civility, and should be called out as the ignorant bigotry they are.

These personal attacks against fellow American citizens are unacceptable, and Commissioner James should be held accountable for his remarks as a leader. Other County Commissioners should ensure James’ comments are not allowed to appear as the voice of the overall board. It’s time for the Board to take a stand publicly against such speech. The community needs to hear loudly where each board member stands. LGBT and questioning youth — many of whom have been victims of bully suicides encouraged by Commissioner James’ attitude — should know there’s nothing wrong with them and they should not feel ashamed of who they are. LGBT people are of course not sexual predators or anything of the sort, despite the mythology that preaches otherwise.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

61 Replies to “Meck commissioner calls gays ‘sexual predators’ in email to colleagues”

  1. Why do the good people of NC allow this big mouthed bigot to continue to slander people calling people “homo” especially in light of Vema Leake’s son having died from AIDS. He should have been censored at the very least and removed from the board at most. People like him are a relic of the hate filled old south, ignorance and prejudice that we as a progressive society can no longer afford to represent us. It sound like James is being a bit of a predator himself in the way he is obsessing on gay people and the supposed things we do in somehow threatening him and his kind.Two decades of him is enough, time for someone to step up and run him out hate has outlived its usefulness, Jesse Helms died and maybe this office time has come too.

  2. How does he keep getting elected?

  3. The reason why he gets reelected is easy… no one’s brave enough to run against the bigoted bastard!

    He was up for reelection this year and no one opposed him.

  4. The Pentagon is refusing to release information on sexual assault and harassment in the ranks. The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against the departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs, claiming the Pentagon has declined to release records related to sexual assault, harassment and/or trauma in the military.

    It must be ugly. And after they repeal DADT, as it seems now that will happen, my prediction is that cases will double. Of course, there will be even more pressure on the military to repress information on all cases of homosexual harassment and violence to “prove” that the repeal worked. What a nightmare that will be for the victims.

    Al Jazeera has a detailed article on the subject:
    “The Pentagon has consistently refused to release records that fully document the problem and how it is handled. Sexual assaults on women in the US military have claimed some degree of visibility, but about male victims there is absolute silence.”

    Concerning DADT, what we are seeing here is a tug of war — homosexual activists and liberals will do everything to lie about how homosexuals and bisexuals perpetrate crimes and conservatives want the truth.

    I would certainly vote for Bill James. Kudos to his political work.

  5. @Alessandra, if anyone should being the subject of sexual assault, that would be gays! It is unfortunate that your hateful ignorance has blinded you from knowing the truth! If heterosexual soldiers were being sexually harassed by gay soldiers, the military would be in chaos, as I am certain someone would’ve been murdered already. All the gay soldiers who were expelled under DADT were not done so for sex-related offences, so wherever you are getting your lies from, you need to leave them there. You conservative are nothing more than hypocrites – Who to tell, maybe that bigoted James is a closet case, who has built a world of hate and aggression to control his homosexuality. At the end of the day he will get his just punishment, along with all the other anti-gay bigots.

  6. MeckPAC will ask Chair Jennifer Roberts and Vice Chair Jim Pendergraph for a joint meeting to discuss the hate speech by County Commissioner Bill James…. it is time for people to call for accountability regarding Commissioner Bill James’ continued hate speech. ~ MeckPAC Chair, Richard Thomas

  7. MeckPAC will ask Chair Jennifer Roberts and Vice Chair Jim Pendergraph for a joint meeting to discuss the hate speech by County Commissioner Bill James…. it is time for people to call for accountability regarding Commissioner Bill James’ continued hate speech.

    And I MeckPAC plans to make a point that it’s not just about Bill’s unacceptable continued language but that it’s time other elected officials and community leaders take a stand against such inflammatory remarks; remarks that insight people to anger, remarks that are counter productive to the city moving forward toward continued equality for all citizens and living our desire to become a world class city. What is classy about a city that allows a public official to rant verbiage that is clearly driven from a personal perspective and a perspective that is not even founded or in the best interest of all people? What an embarrassment to the city and its people. ~ Richard

  8. The likely key here is that most Americans don’t vote, and those that do vote their wallets and their prejudices. James is, no question, a loathsome little bigot, but he probably reflects the views of those of his constituents who can be bothered to get off their duffs and vote. Their views on race, truth be told, are probably equally disgusting.

  9. “Methinks the lady doth protest too much,”

  10. must be first hand knowledge. the guy looks like a sexual predator himself …

  11. Marc Forrest Kaplan December 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Unfortunately, the only elected out front ally we have is Jennifer Roberts. The rest prefer to ignore James and won’t speak out to denounce him. Another type of homphobia which is just as bad. Deafening silence from our supposed allies is the norm whenever the situation is not a fundraiser.

    Also, we can add Pendergraph to the long list of local antigay pols. Slandering all of us based on individual misbehavior is ridiculous. Cog dells opposition based on process is dissapointing too. If he opposes future advances he should not be endorsed by Meckpac again.

  12. I wonder if Bill knows the statistics of straight sexual assaults in the US military? I wonder if Bill knows how they’re being covered up? I wonder why Bill isn’t shouting from the housetops about actual women in the US military being abused instead of imaginary gay assaults that just don’t happen?

    I wonder why so many republicans are so obsessed with gays?

  13. He ran unopposed this last election cycle. This bigot will be in his seat as long as he wants.

  14. White Flight to the suburbs has resulted in a wingnut district where a racist, homophobic bigot like Bill James is not only re-elected but championed. We’re stuck with this toad.

  15. Allesandra, You ignorant dweeb! The Pentagon won’t release the information because it shows tens of thousands of sexual assaults against WOMEN! When’s the last time you read the news blondie? See any murder trials in NC military bases? Were they gay? Jesus, if you are going to post here, do your homework and take your Jeebus blinders off.

  16. It’s probable this guy was abused as a child by some man and has made the illogical conclusion that all gays are child molesters.

  17. Right out of the handbook of Jesse Helms the bigotry of the Republican Party bleeds into Mecklenburg County‘s board of commissioners like the days of the Klan.

    I wonder if Bill James realizes that his statements towards Gays, Lesbians or Transgenders are libelous His emails are offensive to all of us in the community. To degrade us by saying we are sexual predators is a blanket statement that is not true. I would like to challenge him in court under a class action suit to prove to me and others that we are what he claims. His status as a government official does not relieve him of responsibilities of his action under the law of Torts or Pearls of. Omissions Does he think he is above the laws of The General Statutes of North Carolina ? I think he is about to find out. To sit there and say to a fellow commission and a grieving mother her son was a HOMO. She should have slapped the hell out of you. You no respecting fool!!!!!!!

    As far as the story of County Commissioner [sheriff] Pendergraph’s life and experience’s in the Army at the age of 19 in 1969. I say hogwash. What kind of fool would even come up with a story like that? Jim do you really want us to believe that the company clerk made advances towards the troops without being found out? Come on now when I was in the Army in same era, if you even thought of touching another man you were gone with out a blink and I mean gone, You need to go back and think was it real or a dream.

    I see a comment under this article from Alessandra. Where did you come from the American Family’s organization or the Fire Church of Concord NC? Where in the world did you get your facts, from Rev Brown? Gays and Lesbians have always been under attack by Bubba. Why do you think kids are jumping off bridges and shooting themselves? Why do Gay men and Woman commit suicide at an alarming rate? It’s because of bigoted people like you. Do you really believe that the Military is holding back information about homosexual men attacking heterosexuals, this is ridicules? I think you better go back and find out the truths before making such statements. As far as your support for Bill James, we don’t need another Jesse Helms.

    Janice Covington, Chair of TransCarolina and a wounded Vietnam vet

  18. video link on the ‘new morality’……………

    “Commissioner James has a very strong reaction against homosexuality in any way shape or form, in any context,” she explained. “He has used that kind of discriminatory language in the past and so it did not surprise or shock me. I think the language he uses on a number of issues is inappropriate. On the other hand, we have freedom of speech and it’s truly at the end up to the electorate, those people who elect him, to decide whether or not it’s offensive enough to actually vote him out of office,” – Jennifer Roberts (BOCC Chair)

    Freedom of Speech. As Gavin Newsome said “like it or not”.

  19. No one is stopping you from speaking your mind Bill. That is quite evident.

  20. Bill James Op-Ed ‘The Red Phone’ about DADT repeal and Senator Burr

  21. Mr. James, you are an ignorant bigot. Your claims are unsubstantiated sophistry down to the so-called “red phone” at the YMCA which you laughably claim was installed to combat gays ogling straight men. The Dowd YMCA has no clue what you are referring to. Moreover, exactly how a red phone ….

    You then claim that homosexuality is illegal in NC. Does Lawrence v. Texas ring any bells?

    Since this pertains to DADT, there are thousands of gays in the military. Where exactly is the documentation of all this debauchery?

    Finally, even if any of this were true, I once had a gay man “hit” on me at a social event. I smiled, told him I was flattered but that I wasn’t gay. It was he who was embarrassed. I got him a drink and assured him no harm done. The man is a friend of ours to this day. Indeed, he is now our family doctor.

    Keep your Christianist intolerance out of our government and out of our military. 92% of our troops who have knowingly served with gay personnel have no problem. Apparently, they are more rational and considerably more intelligent than those of your ilk.

  22. Here are the stats from Charlotte’s police records for 06, 07 and 08:

    # of Arrests 2008 2007 2006
    Crime Against Nature 7 3 6
    Solicit-CrimeAgainst 237 266 204
    Total(s): 244 269 210

    For those that don’t know, NC has a law (still enforced) NCGS 14-177 that makes homosexual activity & ‘soliciting’ homosexual activity illegal. The Charlotte police run sting operations in County parks (at our request) to root out and clean out these parks. One of the recent area of infestation was Kilborne Park in East Charlotte. Here are a link to those stats (from 2003):

    When people hear ‘soliciting’ a crime against nature they often think of prostitution but in reality, public prostitution requires an offer to perform in exchange for money.

    In the case of homosexual solicitation, all it takes is an ‘offer’ (absent money) to generate an arrest.

    To put it more obscurely, in NC if a guy asks a girl to go back to his place (without mentioning money) it is legal. If a guy asks a guy it is a crime for which about 250 people a year in Mecklenburg have been arrested. If you are homosexual and ask for a ‘date’ in the wrong place you are headed to the slammer in NC.

    So…. mr. Criticalthinker….get your facts straight.

    Mr. Comer knows all of this as we have discused it.

    Lawrence did not overturn NCGS 14-177, just made prosecution in ‘private’ settings unenforceable. The behavior is still ILLEGAL in NC.

  23. Wrong. What makes Lawrence so compelling is that it overturned Bowers which was precedent (stare decisis). The ruling is quite specific about which state sodomy laws remained valid. The exceptions were those cases involving children and situations where there was coercion or potential physical injury. Just because nobody has bothered to challenge NC’s backward law doesn’t mean that it is valid.

    It must drive you bonkers that my teen son has had a gay doctor for years. Your take on gay people is highly inaccurate. There is a considerable body of published and peer reviewed research on the issue. Maybe you should take the time to read some of it.

  24. Mr. James,

    Did you know that most of your crimes against nature stats come from married men. If you don’t believe me, check out the man for man posts on craigslist and look at all the Married men posts.

    Think about all the wives that don’t know they are being cheated on…with another married man even.

  25. I would bet my orbs that this schmuck is a Tea-Party crackpot. At the core of this preposterous argument is the ridiculous notion that gay men go around raping other men. I have been openly gay for many years. My partner of more than 30 years died in late summer while most of our married friends (which comprised most of our friends) were divorced; some two or more times.

    The bottom line is that we are as banal and boring as everyone else. At around 7% of the population it would surprise me if our rape convictions were not disproportionately lower than the general population. According to the widely accepted Jenny study we are less likely to be child molesters than the general population.

    My question is; Where does all of this hatred come from? Some say that virulently homophobic people are trying to mitigate their own sexual insecurity. Others suggest that it is a byproduct of fundamentalism – the American Taliban at your service. One thing that I do know for sure is that the more people interact with gay people, the more tolerant they become. I wonder why that is.

  26. BTW, I tried to send this cretin a nasty-gram. It bounced with an “over quota” error. Shocking, I know.

  27. Last Comment:

    In February, 2009 in the NC Legislature: “A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

    It took them long enough – six years. I do not know the status of the bill. It basically says that sex between consenting adults when not done in public is removed from the law criminalizing gay sex. If Mr. James is correct, that the old law is still in place, somebody really ought to challenge the thing so that the state can move into the current century. Ugh!

  28. So let me get this straight: if, indeed, the person in the comments claiming to be Bill james IS the real Bill James (which I admittedly doubt, as this would be pathetic beyond words), then he apparently has enough time to wage a little internet “debate” in a comments section?

    Wow. Congratulations, commissioner, you’re a garden variety troll as well as a bigot.

  29. As I said, the stupid liberals here will only lie about how much homosexuals and bisexuals perpetrate crimes in or out of the military.

    What grotesque people; lying is the only thing they are capable of.

    Kudos to Bill James.

  30. Comment by Putt: @Alessandra, if anyone should being the subject of sexual assault, that would be gays!

    You’re clearly cheap- lying about every case of homosexuals who have sexually assaulted someone.

  31. Allesandra, You ignorant dweeb! The Pentagon won’t release the information because it shows tens of thousands of sexual assaults against WOMEN!

    Comment by kit
    Kit, you ignorant retard! Sexual assault in the military includes homosexual and heterosexual perpetrators. Some of the women victims you mention above were assaulted by retarded lesbians. It’s not all male perpetrators, nor heterosexual assault.

    Your lying is a disgrace.

  32. Look at this liberal retard here “criticalthinker” – critical… hah! I think he wins the jackpot for stupid stereotyping:

    “Finally, even if any of this were true, I once had a gay man “hit” on me at a social event. I smiled, told him I was flattered but that I wasn’t gay. I got him a drink and assured him no harm done.”

    Really? I once had a heterosexual guy hit on me, but I wasn’t interested, even though I am heterosexual. However, no harm was done.

    This MUST mean all heterosexual men are nice and never, ever behave like predators.

    Don’t you just love how retarded liberals are when they twist around even the most basic reasoning?

  33. Marc Forrest Kaplan December 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Individuals do wrong regardless of who they are attracted to. Maligning all homosexuals as sexual predators is just as stupid as saying the same for all heterosexuals. James can’t see this logic because of personal animus towards us. The same can apparently said of Alessandra….

  34. @Alessandra,

    We should deeply debate/discuss the merits and pitfalls of DADT policy, and how keeping or repealing it might affect cohesion, morale, etc because this is an easy one to handle politically.

    But let’s have a substantive discussion/debate outside the realm of rhetorical bashing. If Al-Jazeera or any other news media, talks about increased concern over aggressive MALE advancement towards female service-members, then this at the very least should indicate that the creation and enactment of sexual predatory behavior (including harassment) is not necessarily based on one’s sexual orientation.

    What disturbs me in Commissioner James’ reported comments is that he seems intently and narrowly focused on how openly-serving or other gays might interact/might have interacted with one another and with other male service-members, while conveniently ignoring other potential problem areas alleged to have been occurring.

  35. I meant to say not* an easy one to handle. typo.

  36. Individuals do wrong regardless of who they are attracted to. Maligning all homosexuals as sexual predators is just as stupid as saying the same for all heterosexuals. James can’t see this logic because of personal animus towards us. The same can apparently said of Alessandra….

    Comment by Marc Forrest Kaplan

    Marc, just as most retarded liberals cannot simply ADMIT that several homosexuals and bisexuals sexually assault and harass other people, in and out of the military.

    Maligning all or lying about all with a broad brush is just as bad. Funny that your side attacks James, at the same time that they are profound liars, working on behalf of (homo and bi) sexual predators.

    Kudos to James for speaking about a problem that your side only lies about.

  37. @clear thinker:
    But let’s have a substantive discussion/debate outside the realm of rhetorical bashing.
    Isn’t it plain for you to see that this entire site and this retarded homosexual community only lives to rhetorically bash others?

    As I said, they have become blind to how bigoted and grotesquely warped they have become, a mirror image of the people they most dislike.

  38. @clear thinker:
    If Al-Jazeera or any other news media, talks about increased concern over aggressive MALE advancement towards female service-members, then this at the very least should indicate that the creation and enactment of sexual predatory behavior (including harassment) is not necessarily based on one’s sexual orientation.

    Al-Jazeera is talking about both MALE and FEMALE perpetrators, and both heterosexual, bisexual, and homosexual sexual assault and harassment issues. They are probably, curiously enough, the only major media outlet to have the ethics to do so.

    Liberal media is too corrupt to talk about how homo and bisexuals perpetrate crime and dysfunctional behaviors. They only work to spread lies. Just like the people on this site.

  39. What disturbs me in Commissioner James’ reported comments is that he seems intently and narrowly focused on how openly-serving or other gays might interact/might have interacted with one another and with other male service-members, while conveniently ignoring other potential problem areas alleged to have been occurring.

    Comment by clear thinker

    As far as I have heard, the military is not going to force women and men to sleep in the same quarters, nor shower together. DADT kept pressure on service members with a homosexual problem not to harass others, or they could more easily be discharged.

    If the military were going to force men and women together like they will do with homos and heteros after the repeal of DADT, and James said that men engage in predatory behavior towards women, would you have called him “narrow minded?” I don’t think so.

    You have no concern about how homosexuals sexually harass others in the military (or outside of it)–that’s what your entire “repeal DADT” campaign was based on.

    James has apparently less concern about how heterosexuals perpetrate assault.

    Clearly, you are in no position to criticize James. And it’s very good that he and WND speak out on the issue because you are too corrupt to do so.

    WND, for example, has received a large number of letters from service members speaking out on how they were victimized by homosexuals or bisexuals in the military.

    That is the truth you are desperate to lie about, while attacking James.

  40. Marc Forrest Kaplan January 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Oy vey, no one is denying that sexual assault happens. Any violations of good conduct by soldiers is punished. Gay,Straight,Bi, whatever! There is no epidemic of such actions from any group.

  41. Alessandra it is obvious that you are going to hate gays and lesbians despite anything anyone might say to the contrary. Good luck with your hate and I a hope it devours your soul, mind and body. You deserve it! Ta Ta!

  42. Alessandra. Something for you to chew on…scientific data. You do know what that means don’t you?
    Sean Cahill, PhD, and Kenneth T. Jones, MS, Research Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, reported in their 2004 article “Child Sexual Abuse and Homosexuality,” published by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
    “Because most child molesters are men, (90%), some have argued that ‘homosexual’ child abuse is widespread and that homosexuals abuse children at a rate higher than their proportion of the general population, which is somewhere around 3 to 8 percent of the population. Such claims are based on the false belief that men who sexually abuse boys are homosexual. In fact, the overwhelming majority of men who sexually abuse children live their lives as heterosexual men…
    In fact, gays and lesbians may be less likely than heterosexuals to sexually abuse children. Two studies that examined the sexual orientation of child molesters found that less than one percent, in one study, and zero percent in the other, were lesbian or gay…
    Social science research does not support the claim that gay men and lesbians are more likely, or even as likely, than straight men or women to sexually abuse children. Child sexual abuse has little to do with sexual orientation.”

  43. And please stop using the phrase “sexual predators” since it only applies to children.

    More REAL DATA rather than he false bigotry you spew.

    The American Psychological Association stated in its 2001 website article “Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Education, Prevention, and Recovery”:
    “Studies on who commits child sexual abuse vary in their findings, but the most common finding is that the majority of sexual offenders are family members or are otherwise known to the child. Sexual abuse by strangers is not nearly as common as sexual abuse by family members.
    Research further shows that men perpetrate most instances of sexual abuse, but there are cases in which women are the offenders.
    Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.”

  44. More REAL SCIENTIFIC DATA rather than your sheeps bleating of hatred and bigotry.
    Carole Jenny, MD, Head of the Division of Child Maltreatment at Brown University, wrote in a 1994 Pediatrics article titled “Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals?”:
    “In 82% of cases, the alleged offender was a heterosexual partner of a close relative of the child. Using the data from our study, the 95% confidence limits, of the risk children would identify recognizably homosexual adults as the potential abuser, are from 0% to 3.1%…
    …[A] child’s risk of being molested by his or her relative’s heterosexual partner is 100 times greater than by someone who might be identified as a homosexual.
    The children in the group studied were unlikely to have been molested by identifiably gay or lesbian people.”

  45. Alessandra here girl! Fetch and chew!

    M. Thomas Shaw, III, MDiv, Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and Roy F. “Bud” Cederholm, Jr., MDiv, Suffragan Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, wrote in their Dec. 10, 2002 Boston Globe article “Affirming Gay and Lesbian Priests”:
    “Suggestions that gays molest children lead to homophobia and create a dangerous atmosphere in which hate crimes flourish. They are irresponsible.
    Numerous studies have shown that there is no link between pedophilia and gay sexual orientation… It is simply wrong to conclude that one’s sexual orientation is the cause of child abuse.

    Mental health professional agree that pedophilia is a disease. Homosexuality is not. None of what makes homosexuality a normal variation of human sexuality applies to pedophilia.”

  46. A;essandra, I know that having someone read these to you takes time but I hope it’s worth it!

    Ryan Grant Long, an artist who monitors the Wikipedia LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) watch list, wrote the following on the acceptance and posting of Wikipedia articles (accessed Oct. 9, 2007):
    “[W]e might mention that many homophobes assume gays molest children, and I could easily find a quote from a prominent public figure or organization that has asserted this.

    Then we present the statistical data on that, which reveals that gays don’t molest children any more frequently than straights. And now the article contains both viewpoints, appropriately labeled as opinion and reputable evidence respectively, and fair-minded people can decide what their own personal beliefs should be about the topic.”

  47. Alesaandra…oh how I love that name…Since 2005, the military has tried to overcome that reluctance to report assault by one commander by creating two categories of reporting. So-called “unrestricted” cases are reported to the victim’s superiors and an investigation is launched. In “restricted” cases, the victim’s commanders aren’t notified and there’s no further investigation, but the victim can receive medical and mental health care.

    Both categories rose in 2009, the Pentagon’s report showed — with restricted reports numbering 837 in 2009, compared with 753 in 2008. Unrestricted reports rose to 2,516 from 2,265.

    Of the unrestricted reports, 2,061 involved men assaulting women, up more than 10 percent from 1,864 in 2008.

    The number of men reporting assaults by other men also rose, to 173 in 2009 from 123 in 2008, a 40 percent increase. There were 17 reports of women being assaulted by women; there were nine in 2008. Other categories remained little changed: There were 252 reports in 2009 of victims not knowing their assailants’ gender, compared with 255 in 2008. In 2009, there were 13 reports of women assaulting men; there were 14 in 2008.

    Read more:

    Having read that women assaulted men sexually in the military I must conclude that all women be removed from duty, ALESSANDRA.

  48. Alesandra…finally my little turd of ignorance we come to the statling revelation by th Pentagon that not all acts of Men having sex with Men are perpetrated by homosexuals. It seems that there are just as many heterosexual Men having sex with men. Given this knowledge if we follow your hatred filled pissary of logic we find that we cannot have heterosexual men in the military either. HAPPY NEW YEAR YOU STUPID ASS!

  49. Here you go Alessandra a little clip showing a pastor, a representative of your pious Christianity giving money to back Prop 8 and protect the children. Now he’s in jail on $6 million dollars bail for molesting little children. Keep using religion as your moral compass and your hate will spill like bloody rain hitting the pavement.

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