Title: On desperately trying to justify one's existence? Credit: Craig Young Comment Wednesday 26th September 2007 - 2:06pm1190772360 Article: 5001 Rights
Evidently, the ailing Society for Promotion of Community Standards is so desperate for any media coverage at all that it has resorted to taking facile homophobic potshots at our communities, rather than substantive censorship court or tribunal cases. Take its recent fronter article, decrying the research basis and psychopathological interpretations of homophobia, fear and hatred of gay men. To avoid suspense, I skipped to the bibliography, to see whether there was any independent and substantive psychiatric or psychological research presented to reinforce their claims that 'homophobia' was merely a gay community invention. No, it didn't. There was a lot of reference to subcultural US Christian Right luminaries like Louis Sheldon from the Traditional Values Coalition, and the exgay 'reparative therapy' conservative Christian mental health professionals of NARTH, but it didn't attempt to provide a proper evidence based rebuttal of the scientific evidence that analyses the formation, maintenance and decay of homophobic individual and social attitudes. UCLA's Greg Herek was mentioned briefly, but only in the context of a name and shame ad hominem attack. I'm sorry, but footstamping and calling someone a 'gay activist' when one has published articles in a peer reviewed professional journal is hardly a 'rebutal' of someone's work. SPCS is merely trying to justify its continued sorry existence, having long since ceased to have any meaningful impact on state censorship policy. It's only embarrassing itself through publishing such vacuous drivel. Isn't it time it shut up shop, donating its remaining funds to other New Zealand Christian Right groups? Craig Young - 26th September 2007    
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