SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2010
Cassidy's blog, Sunlit Uplands, got the story from The Catholic News Agency, which elaborated:
During a presentation on research conducted by George A. Rekers, Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina, the presenters noted that “boys and girls adopted by lesbian and homosexual couples show a greater level of stress than that which is already generated by their status as orphans or children abandoned by their biological parents.” They added that this situation “produces diverse trauma and behavioral disorders that can even lead to suicidal tendencies or attempts.”
“According to various studies containing testimonies from children of homosexual parents, most them of admit to suffering strong emotions, such as fear, anxiety, apprehension, shame and anger in trying to hide from their friends and relatives the homosexuality of their father or mother,” they continued.
Likewise, addressing the issue of homosexual “marriage,” the study pointed out that “they are significantly and substantially less stable and shorter on average compared with marriages between a man and woman.” Consequently, “homes with a homosexual adult inevitably contribute to substantially higher rate of changes in adoptive homes.”
“Due to the high incidence of psychological disorders among children who enter the adoptive care system,” those “living with a practicing homosexual in the adoptive home,” are especially “ vulnerable to psychological damage and an increasing inability to adapt,” Rekers' study said.
Curious that Rekers has ties to the University of South Carolina, Waldo did some research.Reker's on the medical faculty there, though his professional c.v. is scrubbed of references to his expertise in homosexualism. He saves all that for his creepily titled personal site, Professor George.com, which includes this even creepier tab illustration:
-in which a site manager called "Mark" praises "Professor George" for his elderly insights on the subject.
Waldo looked up Rekers' professional credentials, and found he's a dedicated anti-gay for pay type and former bromancer of James Dobson, as well as a dedicated Christianist and sometime Baptist minister:
George Alan Rekers is an officer of NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. Despite NARTH's position as a secular organization, Rekers has testified in court that he believes the Bible is the infallible word of God, and that homosexuality is a sin.His personal beliefs regarding homosexuality, according to the ACLU, interferes with his being able to give an unbiased professional opinion on LGBT topics, including gay adoption. Rekers was an expert witness in a 2004 case involving gay adoption in Arkansas, which had banned LGBT people from adopting in 1999. In January 2005, Timothy White, Pulaski County's circuit court judge ruled against the state of Arkansas. Furthermore, he called Rekers' testimony "extremely suspect." He also accused Rekers of testifying solely for promoting his "own personal agenda."
In 2008, Rekers was also an expert witness in In re: Gill, a case defending Florida's gay adoption ban. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman ruled against the state. In her decision, she said "Dr. Rekers’ testimony was far from a neutral and unbiased recitation of the relevant scientific evidence. Dr. Rekers’ beliefs are motivated by his strong ideological and theological convictions that are not consistent with the science. Based on his testimony and demeanor at trial, the court can not consider his testimony to be credible nor worthy of forming the basis of public policy."Well, you may think, that's all very interesting. And the point would be?
For the denouement, as the French say, we turn to blogpal From Key To Quire:
Renowned Anti-Gay Activist, and professor at the University of South Carolina Medical School, Dr. George Rekers was returning from a fabulous 10 day European tour when he was photographed with a rent boy, aka -escort, gigolo, male prostitute among many other nom de plumes.FKTQ has come across a Miami newspaper report on the details: