Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Family Research Council Summer Reading List

My partner and I have mentioned the Family Research Council a couple of times this week with regard to Justice Sunday and Justice Sunday II. Since the group has been in the news lately, I thought this might be a good time to get acquainted with some of their beliefs. And what better place to start than with the literature the FRC distributes via its website. After all, this is summer. So pour yourself a drink, break out the SPF 30, and kick back poolside with one of these titles.

Getting It Straight
by: Timothy J. Dailey, Ph. D.

Getting It Straight: What the Research Shows About Homosexuality is a compilation of research findings concerning several foundational issues with respect to homosexuality. For decades, the public has not been "getting it straight" from the news media, entertainment media, and academia. Instead, a number of myths have been widely promoted and have taken root in the public mind.

Here’s my condensed version of the chapter by chapter synopsis:

"What Causes Homosexuality?" Apparently all that stuff about genetics isn’t true. It turns out gays choose to be gay, probably out of a desire to defy God and spit on family values.

"Are Homosexuals a Disadvantaged Minority?" No.

"Is Homosexuality a Health Risk?" Yes.

"Do Homosexual Parents Pose Risks to Children?" Most certainly.

Whew. . . I’m glad we got that sorted out. Damn the liberal media and academia for ever suggesting otherwise.

Dark Obsession: The Tragedy and Threat of the Homosexual Lifestyle
by: Timothy J. Dailey, Ph. D.

Dark Obsession is a personal story about the inexorable grip of homosexual lust, the betrayal of wife and family, and ultimately the tragedy of a life cut short. Interwoven into the story is a discussion of the Bible and homosexuality, as well as the threat to individuals, family, and society posed by the homosexual lifestyle.

This one sounds particularly titillating. I’m imagining it as kind of a Faulkner meets Limbaugh thing--anchored, of course, in the solid foundation of the King James Bible. But admittedly, this is all speculation, as I haven’t received my copy in the mail yet. Here’s to hoping.

The Bible, The Church, and Homosexuality
by: Timothy J. Dailey, Ph. D.

Although the leading Christian churches in the United States continue to view homosexual behavior as outside the realm of appropriate Christian conduct, revisionist scholars within their respective communions continue a campaign to re-interpret or ignore biblical teaching regarding homosexuality. Exposing the faulty reasoning behind the gay hermeneutic, this booklet demonstrates how homosexuality is unambiguously found wanting by Scripture and tradition.

Who knew we needed a whole book to prove that Christian Scripture is hostile to homosexuality? I guess some of the more subtle nuances required a bit of fleshing out. Interestingly enough, slavery and bigamy are supported by scripture. Perhaps the FRC can address that in a subsequent book.

In case you didn’t notice, all these pieces are authored by the same man, Timothy J. Dailey, Ph. D. I know what you’re thinking: "This guy really understands homosexuality, he must be a psychologist , right?" No. "Anthropologist?" No. "Sociologist?" No. All good guesses, but Dr. Dailey’s credentials, via the FRC website, are as follows:

Dr. Dailey received his bachelors' degree in Bible and Theology from Moody BibleInstitute, his M.A. in Theological Studies at Wheaton College, and his Ph.D. in Religion from Marquette University.

A real renaissance man, that one.

Oh yeah, and just in case you’d forgotten, the senate majority leader spoke at the first Justice Sunday convention and the house majority leader is speaking at the second. So if you were under the impression that the FRC represents only a small, radical fringe, think again.

--Matthew McCoy