Palmetto Umoja’s Alvin McEwen spent two years studying homophobic evangelicals
by Charles Kenghis
Anti-gay activists like James Dobson (left) and Paul Cameron have created a litany of lies, which they use to defeat pro-gay laws and ordinances.
COLUMBIA — According to an upcoming book, the religious right routinely smears the gay and lesbian community through junk science and distortions.
Freelance author Alvin McEwen spent two years studying religious right claims regarding the gay and lesbian community. According to McEwen, he has discovered a disturbing pattern of deception, which he will reveal in his upcoming book “Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Exposing the Anti-Gay Industry.”
“James Dobson and other members of the religious right claim to operate from a Biblical standpoint,” says McEwen, “but their behavior has been anything but Christian. They have created a litany of lies which they use to defeat pro-gay laws and ordinances.”
One item McEwen’s book examines is the religious right’s dependency on the work of researcher Paul Cameron. Cameron’s studies supposedly prove that the majority of gay men are pedophiles who have a short life span. However, his work has been discredited on a number of occasions and led him to receive a dismissal from the American Psychological Association, censure by other organizations, and public rebukes by such people as former Secretary of Education William Bennett.
“But the religious right constantly cite his work while omitting his sordid history, which they are fully aware of,” McEwen says. “The majority of their claims about the gay and lesbian community are rooted in some form or another from his distortions.”
“Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters” also reveals several incidents in which legitimate researchers, psychologists, and physicians have gone on record complaining as to how the religious right distorts their work.
One case, McEwen said, involves a claim that a 1997 Canadian study proves that gay men have a short life span.
“The religious right always fail to mention that in 2001, the authors of the study said that their work was being distorted,” McEwen explains.
Other topics covered in in the book are the six distortion techniques of the religious right and how they distort sexual health information.
“Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters” will be available for sale later this year through various online bookstores.
“At the very least, this book is a way for the gay and lesbian community to educate themselves,” McEwen said.
Progress of the book can be checked via holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com.