Speaking at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Watchmen on the Wall pastors’ conference today, FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg offered some wisdom on the threat of marriage equality. Given Sprigg’s reputation for reinforcing unscientific stereotypes and myths about the LGBT community, it’s unsurprising that he offers some of the most imaginative and preposterous talking points currently heard in the national dialogue.
Take a listen (via Right Wing Watch):
- “POLLSTERS HAVE ACTUALLY CHANGED THE WORDING OF THEIR POLLS”: Sprigg’s first concern is that the LGBT community uses “gay” instead of “homosexual.” Two good reasons for this: 1) “Gay” is the word people who are gay use to identify themselves. 2) “Homosexual” is not a “neutral” term, but reflects a clinical history of treating gay people as diseased or disordered.
- “SOMETHING WHICH IS EMPIRICALLY FALSE: NAMELY, THAT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS AN INTRINSIC GAY IDENTITY”: Contrary to all the bunk ex-gay propaganda Sprigg frequently promotes, all research indicates that same-sex orientations cannot be changed and that they are at least somewhat impacted by genetics. For example, twin studies demonstrate that genes play a greater role in determining a person’s sexual orientation than they do in determining whether a person will be right- or left-handed. Same-sex relations are also quite common throughout the animal kingdom.
- “HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISTS DISTRUST AFRICAN-AMERICANS”: Tell that to all the people who are black and gay! This claim is just patently untrue and unfounded, but it is not to be disregarded. It actually reflects the way opponents of equality have been proffering pseudo-alliances with racial minorities to bait them into opposing gay rights and women’s rights.
- “THE REAL GOAL IS TO CREATE A SOCIETY IN WHICH IT IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR ANYONE, EVER, ANYWHERE, TO SAY THAT HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT IS WRONG.”: This claim doesn’t need debunking. It’s true. The only difference is that we see a stigma-free society — one in which LGBT people have equal protection under the law and no physical or mental health disparities — as a good thing.