During the summer, there was a little uproar when it was discovered that a scientist on Obama’s panel addressing the BP oil spill, Jonathan Katz, had written an essay entitled “In Defense of Homophobia,” wherein he said vile things like this:
The religious believer may see the hand of God, but both he and the rationalist must see a fact of Nature. The human body was not designed to share hypodermic needles, it was not designed to be promiscuous, and it was not designed to engage in homosexual acts. Engaging in such behavior is like riding a motorcycle on an icy road without a helmet. It may be possible to get away with it for a while, and a few misguided souls may get a thrill out of doing so, but sooner or later (probably sooner) the consequences will be catastrophic. Lethal diseases spread rapidly among people who do such things.
Unfortunately, the victims are not only those whose reckless behavior brought death on themselves. There are many completely innocent victims, too: hemophiliacs (a substantial fraction died as a result of contaminated clotting factor), recipients of contaminated transfusions, and their spouses and children, for AIDS can be transmitted heterosexually (in America, only infrequently) and congenitally. The icy road was lined with unsuspecting innocents, who never chose to ride a motorcycle. Guilt for their deaths is on the hands of the homosexuals and intravenous drug abusers who poisoned the blood supply. These people died so the sodomites could feel good about themselves.
When it was discovered, he was promptly dropped from the oil spill panel.
So, of course, his son is gay, and he bravely came out to tell his story, in a very public essay, in hopes of helping others who are under the thumb of virulent anti-gay bigotry. Here, via Perez Hilton, is Isaac Katz’s essay:
The grace he shows toward his homophobic father is admirable.