When you’re Richard Land, a representative of the Southern Baptist Convention, and you are losing the “culture wars,” and badly, I suppose lying doesn’t bother you if you feel like it’s helping your lost cause. That’s just what Land did when he claimed on Washington Watch that the “dirty little secret” of gay males is that most of us were molested as children:
Land, lifting from the anti-gay myth that gay adults abuse children at high rates and “recruit” them into homosexuality, charged that “the dirty little secret that nobody wants to talk about is that a high percentage of adult male homosexuals in America were sexually molested when they were children.”
Land’s claim contradicts findings of the American Psychological Association, which notes that “no specific psychosocial or family dynamic cause for homosexuality has been identified, including histories of childhood sexual abuse. Sexual abuse does not appear to be more prevalent in children who grow up to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, than in children who identify as heterosexual.”
I wasn’t molested, but that’s irrelevant, because millions of adults, straight, gay, bisexual, trans, and every other label you can think of, did go through that horrific experience. For Richard Land to use the very real scars that far too many people are carrying in order to libel the gay community is unconscionable, but expected from a figurehead for such a dishonest, amoral movement. And, of course, his lies are exposed by the actual data mentioned in the Right Wing Watch quote above.
For our opponents these days, there is nothing too gross or dishonest for them to say. All they care about is their ideology. Actual human beings rank far lower on their list of concerns.