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Obama Appoints Self-Described Homophobe and Climate Change Denier to BP Recovery Team

May 17, 2010

UPDATE: As of 8:58pm, Katz has been dismissed.  Kudos to AMERICAblog for moving so quickly and pushing this story.

Over at AMERICAblog there is a petition for Obama to fire Jonathan Katz, who he recently appointed to a team offering federal scientific and technological support to BP engineers.  Why?  Because he’s a self-described (and self-published) homophobe and climate change denier.  John and Joe point out some of his worst moments in his “In Defense of Homophobia,”  (yes, that’s actually the name) including this one:

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.

But it doesn’t stop there.  It turns out that being gay is just like being a potential murder or adulterer.

What of those cursed with unnatural sexual desires? Must they forever suppress these desires? Yes, but this is hardly a unique fate. Almost everyone has desires which must be suppressed. Most men and women think adulterous thoughts fairly often, and find themselves attracted to members of the opposite sex to whom they are not married. Morality requires them to suppress these desires, and most do not commit adultery, though they feel lust in their hearts. Almost everyone, at one time or another, covets another’s property. They do not steal. Many people feel great anger or intense hatred at some time in their lives. They do not kill.

I am a homophobe, and proud.

No matter how smart he is (and I have to doubt his scientific prowess as he denies climate change), there is no way someone who openly advocated discrimination against some other minority would be serving in this role.

Sign the letter.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. rogerthesurf permalink
    May 17, 2010 10:14 pm

    What on earth has being a “climate denier” and a homophobe got to do with the mans ability to offer federal scientific and technological support to BP engineers?



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  2. nseaver permalink
    May 17, 2010 10:41 pm

    Two issues here.

    One is the issue of denying climate change. Scientific consensus is clearly on the side that climate change is real and caused by man. (for one)

    Secondly, I understand the question as to what role someone’s open homophobia plays in their ability to advise on issues of science. If Katz’s open bigotry was directed towards an ethnic or racial minority, there would have been a similar reaction upon finding his writings. I appreciate and applaud the Obama Administration for engaging another expert on this issue. If Katz has a great idea on stopping the oil leak, I hope he’ll pass it on to BP executives. Meanwhile, I’m glad to see the government won’t be giving him another platform or another bullet on his CV.

  3. rogerthesurf permalink
    May 18, 2010 1:41 am

    Sorry old son but I personally think that your attitude also passes the boundary into bigotry.
    It works both ways old son.

    Before you start reading IPCC documents and believing them, I think you should check out the proof for the “Anthropogenic CO2 causes Global Warming” hypothesis (or rather lack of proof) upon which all the writing depends on . My blog may help you in that, but I warn you it may be painful for your beliefs.



  4. rogerthatsurf permalink
    July 2, 2010 5:54 am

    Sorry old boy but you’re full of shite.

    • rogerthesurf permalink
      July 8, 2010 5:46 pm

      Well I hope you visited my site ( before you came to that opinion.
      If there is anything there that you don’t agree with, let me know and I will discuss it. Even if it means starting from the very top.
      Of course you will need an open mind in order to get anywhere at all.


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