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Reply to D.C. McAllister’s “Harry Potter” criticism of gay parents

By Stephen Richer

Dear D.C. McAllister,

You titled your article “The Harry Potter Generation: Denying that kids do best when both biological parents raise them is not just naïve, it’s cruel and abusive.”  Your trick worked.  You got me to trudge through your 38 paragraph criticism of gay parenting just to get to your ONE paragraph about Harry Potter.  Well done.  But don’t you find it a bit ironic that your bait — Harry Potter preaches the toleration of others and even has a scientifically-registered ability to reduce prejudice among its young readers?  Also, Dumbledore is the wisest and most loving character in the book, and he serves as something of a surrogate father to Harry.  Did knowing this, and knowing that Dumbledore is gay, give you pause while writing your article?

As to the substance of your article, I found it to be rubbish (to use a favorite Harry Potter word).  Let’s go through it.

Actual Statistics Of Gay Parenting

You say that children raised by gay parents aren’t complete.  These kids are allegedly spiritually incomplete — a nice, nebulous, non-scientifically measurable term.  You then link to various studies that show that moms are important, dads are important, and two parents are important.  But you never link to studies that compare children raised by two gay parents to children raise by two straight parents.  So I looked for some.  Here’s what I found: Continue reading


Does the Federalist Society need a gay test?

Should Ted Olson be shunned by the Federalist Society?

Should Ted Olson be shunned by the Federalist Society?

By Stephen Richer

Writing last week for First Things, John Murdock argues that the Federalist Society should think twice before welcoming Ted Olson back into the Fed Soc limelight.  Why?  Because Olson — a famous Supreme Court advocate, a Reagan administration attorney, counsel for George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, and member of Fed Soc’s Board of Visitors — argued on behalf of gay equality in Hollingsworth v. Perry, and he just coauthored an entire book on why gays should be treated equally under the law.

The National Press Club event will mark the latest in the complicated dance of distance and embrace between the nation’s premier conservative legal organization and a man who professionally benefited from his association with the group but then used his considerable cachet to further a cause opposed by many of its members.

Rather than sharing the room with a large elephant while he discusses whether BP is overpaying for its spill, I would like to see Olson first defend the mess he made of democracy in California while sharing the stage with conservative luminaries who have yet to embrace judicial activism. 

Ok.  But if Murdock applies his principle Continue reading

Too soon? Republican candidate jokes that gays will behead Christians

Colorado Republican candidate Klingenschmitt

Colorado Republican candidate Klingenschmitt

Thanks to Jonathan Rauch for alerting us to this one.  Klingenschmitt is probably joking.  But this hits too near the mark of how many social conservatives feel to be funny.  From Raw Story:

A Republican nominee for a seat in Colorado’s statehouse accused Democrats of lacking a sense of humor after he said a gay U.S. congressman would soon start beheading Christians.

“This weekend I sent out an email alert to my constituents in which I used hyperbole,” Gordon Klingenschmitt said in a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday. “You know what hyperbole is. It’s a literary device where you exaggerate to make a point. Well, apparently some Democrats do not have a sense of humor and they were offended by some of the things I said using hyperbole this weekend.”

An email alert sent out by Klingenschmitt over the weekend stated that Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) wanted to execute Christians, reported Right Wing Watch.

“The openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a revised bill to force Christian employers and business owners to hire and promote homosexuals with ZERO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS for Christians who want to opt out.”

“Polis ‘wants sexual orientation and gender identity treated the same way as race, religion, sex, and national origin, when it comes to employment protections,’ claims the Advocate, under the headline ‘Polis trims ENDA’s religious exemption.’”

David Lampo takes aim at Regnerus’s hack science

PE’s David Lampo recently published a new piece in the Daily Caller in which he exposes the anti-gay “studies” by Mark Regnerus for what they really are:  hack science.  Lampo notes that he’s not the only one catching on these days:

On March 21, federal district court judge Bernard Friedman, a Reagan appointee, overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, writing that it violates gay couples’ constitutional right to equal protection, thus following in the footsteps of eight other federal judges who in recent months have overturned similar bans. But he went a step further: he criticized the “evidence” put forth by the opponents of SSM, especially Dr. Regnerus, writing that his study was “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration,” and adding that his supporters represent “a fringe viewpoint that is rejected by the vast majority of their colleagues across a variety of social science fields.”

Supreme Court denies cert to Elane Photography

The Supreme Court declined the opportunity to rehear the New Mexican photographer case.  Shucks.  But some of the issues pertinent to this case may be addressed in the Hobby Lobby case.

From the National Review:

Sadly, the U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear the Elane Photography case, which concerned a New Mexico photographer who declined to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony because of her beliefs defining marriage as one man and one woman. But it is far from the end of the line for the central issues involved in this case.

Unduly harsh criticism of Brandon Ambrosino?

By Stephen Richer

Ezra Klein raised quite the brouhaha when he hired gay, anti-gay apologist Brandon Ambrosino.  I’m not a fan Ambrosino (in part because of his views, but because he’s a professional dancer and writer, basically my dream life, but instead, I’m in law school in cold Hyde Park).  But I don’t think the harsh criticism leveled at him was completely fair.

That’s the gist of my new article on the subject at The Daily Caller (full thing).  Check it out (maybe?):

It seems like the whole online media world hates Brandon Ambrosino. And, by extension, they hate Ezra Klein for asking Ambrosino to join his new team at Vox.

They hate Ambrosino because he’s a 23-year-old, radical anti-homosexual, who is gay himself.

Fortunately, one for three puts you in the hall of fame (in baseball). That his age is not 23 can be established by reading the multiple articles in which he references his age (definitely over 23, at least 27, maybe 28). These are the same articles that Ambrosino’s critics supposedly read and sharply criticized Klein for supposedly not having read.

The radical anti-homosexual claim deserves more scrutiny. Gabriel Arana of the American Prospect claims that Ambrosino is rotten because he might like Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty (“still, Ambrosino says he wouldn’t mind going fishing with the guy”). Yet in his Time article about Robertson, Ambrosino first casts the Pope’s liberalization on gay marriage in a positive light. Then, turning to Robertson, Ambrosino writes, “For the record, I’m undecided on whether or not I think Phil actually is homophobic, although I certainly think his statement was offensive, and not only to the LGBT community.”