Paglia: ‘Birthers’ Aren’t Racist, and They Have a Point
By DAVID WEIGEL 9/17/09 8:45 AM
Camille Paglia, the lone Salon.com columnist who can count on her ramblings getting regular links from The Drudge Report, appeared on NPR’s “On Point” yesterday and made a spirited defense of the “birther” movement. The exchange came about 36 minutes in, after one caller to the show recounted his experiences at the 9/12 march on Washington. Paglia snapped back at him:
First of all, I reject the idea that the “birther” campaign is motivated by racism. There may be racism among it, but there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama’s birth certificate. I’m sorry, I’ve been following this closely from the start. To assume that all those signs about the birth controversy were motivated by racism, that is simply wrong.
Paglia has been on this beat before, writing in April that “there were ambiguities about Obama’s birth certificate that have never been satisfactorily resolved.” But this particular interview is compelling, especially for Paglia’s convoluted explanation that she despises victim politics but thinks “The Sopranos” was a bigoted portrayal of Italian-Americans.
Camille Paglia's statement from NAMBLA at the following link...
These days, especially in America, boy-love is not only scandalous and criminal, but somehow in bad taste. On the evening news, one sees handcuffed teachers, priests and Boy Scout leaders hustled into police vans. Therapists call them maladjusted, emotionally immature. But beauty has its own laws, inconsistent with Christian morality. As a woman, I feel free to protest that men today are pilloried for something that was rational and honorable in Greece at the height of its civilization.
~ Camille Paglia, activist and author
in Sexual Personae (New York,Vintage Books1991).
By the way... a psychological study, A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples by Rind et al. was published by the American Psychological Association when the APA President was Dr. Martin Seligman. At least two of the researchers are associated with NAMBLA... and this study had a considerable impact upon the denial of the effects of child sexual abuse, particularly on boys, and the growing support for NAMBLA. Dr. Seligman is also known for Positive Psychology which is a more academic version of the Law of Attraction. He also conducted research in aversion training utilizing dogs... and this therapy was later used in an attempt to convert homosexual males to heterosexuals. He also coined the term "learned" helplessness. Dr. Martin Seligman has since been linked with the torture techniques used at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo... which demonstrate that the more accurate term would be "taught" helplessness.