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Obama Appoints 'Proud Homophobe' to Panel on Oil Spill

Americablog points out that one of the elite scientific minds appointed to the panel to help BP clean up the oil spill is Jonathan Katz, a self-proclaimed "proud homophobe" who blamed gays for the deaths of innocent people who contracted AIDS and wrote this in an article published on his website:

"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."

More at Americablog, which has also posted a petition to have Katz fired.

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  1. Well, everyone here should know "we" caused the oil "spill", too

    Posted by: Fred | May 17, 2010 2:12:46 PM

  2. Good lord, who is vetting these appointments??? Shameful.

    Posted by: E. | May 17, 2010 2:15:43 PM

  3. If only there were some way to distinguish the guilty parties from the innocent victims, to avoid more contamination... how about if we have them wear a pink triangle? That would be helpful!

    Posted by: Strepsi | May 17, 2010 2:19:43 PM

  4. I cannot believe I am about to type these words--and full disclosure, I am a proud faggot who happens to be HIV positive--but this oil spill is such an ecological nightmare that we need to enlist the help of anyone and everyone who can help stop it. I don't care if they are a Nazi, a member of the KKK, or a "proud homophobe" like this tool Katz--if they can contribute to stemming the flow of oil into the ocean, we need them. Hold them accountable for their hate, but don't stop them from helping clean up this mess. In fact, I've just had a brainstorm compliments of Mr. Katz: instead of plugging the oil leak with trash as was suggested by BP, let's take all the hate mongers, the racists and homophones, and plug the leak with them!

    Posted by: peterparker | May 17, 2010 2:26:30 PM

  5. I know I'm about to get slammed with absolutely no lubricant like a prison bitch on his first ufortunate day at Riker's, (wow, that was specific) but here goes:

    Just because he's a homophobe doesn't mean he's under or out and out unqualified for the job he's undertaking. Sure, as the days go by the entire company should be under scrutiny for the cluster-fuck that is the oil spill. But just because a guy's a homophobe doesn't mean he's not the most qualified person and best person for this specific job he's been hired for.

    If he were dictating public policies as far as public health or gay civil rights are concerned, that would be an entirely different matter. But he was hired to clean up an oil spill. I'm sure homophobes as well as people who love gays and people who could care less either way could do the same job. He just got lucky and got hired.

    Should he be fired? No. Again, I'm fully aware that by saying a homophobe shouldn't be fired from a job that has absolutely nothing to do with public health or gay rights in general opens me up to be gang raped in a prison shower in a maximum security prison somewhere in Texas (again, oddly specific) but that's where I stand.

    Posted by: Stephen | May 17, 2010 2:32:49 PM

  6. What is WRONG with you guys, have you read the other stuff??


    ?? Have you seen his blog? He has a piece insulting people with learning disabillities.

    Also, what does a physcian know about an oil spill, wouldn't that be chemistry?

    And if you WANT a physician would Stephen Hawkins help out? THAT is a genius.

    Posted by: Rowan | May 17, 2010 2:34:14 PM

  7. I have to agree with Peterparker and Stephen.

    Posted by: George | May 17, 2010 2:37:07 PM

  8. The Five Stages of Obama and the Gay Community

    1. DENIAL-- "I must have misheard. Obama is a good man. And he's really working in our best-interests. Three-dimensional chess and all that. His administration didn't really _______ [fill-in-the-blank] (get viciously nasty and homophobic in a DOMA or DADT court brief/hire a major homophobe/cynically sell out gay rights on some backroom deal).

    2. ANGER-- "Wait... they DID? What the hell are they thinking?!!! [Choose One:] (march on Washington/stop donating to the DNC/handcuff yourself to the White House fence)

    3. BARGAINING-- "If we can just get [choose one] (ENDA/ rid of DADT/rid of DOMA). Surely this administration can fulfill one of its major promises. Just one. Then we could maybe vote for Obama again without feeling like... wait, the administration just did WHAT?????!" [see next stage]

    4. DEPRESSION-- "God, this sucks. This really, really sucks. This administration sucks. If the Obama administration has proven anything it's that our system of government is so irreparably broken that even people who pretend to be all about change and hope are just going to stab us in the back over and over and over again out of their own self-interest and cynicism. God, this sucks."

    5. ACCEPTANCE-- [Scene, 2011: Obama does a press conference in a "God Hates Fags" T-shirt] "Meh, what are ya gonna do. We elected an a**hole." (shrugs)

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | May 17, 2010 2:37:29 PM

  9. Rowan:

    Agreed! Reading his website would lead anyone to question his basic reasoning abilities. I'm not sure he's the person I want to trust with figuring out this problem.

    Posted by: Dave | May 17, 2010 2:38:45 PM

  10. okay, now I will get really petty and small minded, look at his picture, who would do him ? No wonder he's a homophobe, probably a misogynist as well.

    Posted by: jerry | May 17, 2010 2:40:45 PM

  11. Just to give one example of what I am talking about (in terms of his bizarre, flawed reasoning): he argues that human bodies are not supposed to engage in intravenous drug use or homosexual behaviour, and that as a result these behaviours have led to the spread of disease. Any scientist who could sit there with a straight face and declare that human beings should not be engaging in activities that are not "intended by nature" should probably just give up. Are we intended to fly, to go into space, to drill oil out of the ground, to drive cars, etc. etc. etc.? And, more to the point, if these behaviours are all unnatural, why do humans have the drive to engage in them? What, exactly, is natural? Are our desires unnatural? Hardly, since we are products of nature.

    In summary: the guy is an idiot.

    Posted by: Dave | May 17, 2010 2:41:59 PM

  12. WTF does that have to do with STOPING an oil spill??? If every person who had a horrible uneducated opinion of another group weren't allowed to work everything would shut down! I mean you might as well just remove all of the republicans and conservatives from the the planet....just sayin....

    Posted by: Toto | May 17, 2010 2:50:47 PM

  13. Wasn't Jane Lynch just saying, "I don’t think you have to slap somebody down for making an opinion that you don’t agree with"? For all his brilliance in some areas, Katz is obviously a big jackass in others, and last I checked, he's entitled to his odious opinions. In this case, he is not being asked to address DADT; he's asked to work on helping to clean up the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf. His homophobia has no direct bearing on this situation, and calling for his removal is akin to an ideological purge. It smacks of what the Tea Baggers/ultra-right wing are doing to the Republican party. I can tolerate his stupidity in some areas if his expertise in a different area can help solve a huge crisis.

    Posted by: pdaku | May 17, 2010 2:51:07 PM

  14. This is the problem and I'll try to keep this rant down but academics are f*cking human beings and scientists get it wrong ALL the time.

    I'm not trying to be contrary but before you go 'maybe he's just the best guy for the job' ask yourself why and what research you've done on this guy?

    His blog is irrational, kneejerk and immature-is that the kind of person you want reasoning about the situation of this oil problem!

    Would you not want someone who is bright, with the capacity to not be so dogmatic and narrow minded?

    What if another scientist disagrees with him, what will he do? Write a nasty blog about the scientist and say 'you're a fag why don' you die?

    What is Katz thinks that the oil going towards Key West may be a good thing because their are loads of those 'fags' hanging down there?

    What happened to reason?

    I have a thing about physics. This opportunist mentions the black hole and all sorts of stuff. He doesn't seem that smart to me.

    One of the things I research and understood about science and scientists is that it is full of opportunists and mental people who are so sociopathic that they think human beings are indispensable-maybe we are BUT that isn't the kind of person you want working on some life saving trip.

    Posted by: Rowan | May 17, 2010 2:52:15 PM

  15. This man is a "scientist" ...? I thought logic, reasoning, and understanding was needed to be a scientist. This man appears to be as ignorant and thick as your run of the mill tea bagger.

    Posted by: KFLO | May 17, 2010 2:59:54 PM

  16. And Hitler kept the trains running on time too, so I guess he was the "best man for the job". Some of you are fucking pathetic.

    Posted by: gaylib | May 17, 2010 3:01:16 PM

  17. "I don’t think you have to slap somebody down for making an opinion that you don’t agree with"?

    Goddamit, there's always a line, and I'm sure Jane Lynch would agree.

    Proud bigots deserve to be "slapped down". Or are we so masochistic that we like just taking it at this point?

    Lets not be mean to Islamic extremists who simply have a different opinion either.

    Posted by: Wes | May 17, 2010 3:01:30 PM

  18. And we've proved Godwin's Law. On the first page even. Great job, ladies.

    Posted by: crispy | May 17, 2010 3:05:47 PM

  19. I've been looking at the other stuff on his site, too (and by the way, he's a physicist, not a physician), and it's pretty shocking. I absolutely agree that we need the best available advisors on this catastrophe and there shouldn't be an obvious political test -- Would we approve of right-wing groups calling for firing any expert on a scientific issue who happened to advocate gay marriage or repeal DADT? But this guy has seriously called into question his ability to keep his incredibly dumb personal convictions about what "Nature" wants from us--this is not an exaggeration of his view--out of his public judgments, over many years. I don't care if he snarks at gays during discussions, but what if he rejects a promising proposal because he has this nutty idea that "Nature wouldn't like it"? I don't know much about science, but I do teach rhetoric, and I know that even scientific deliberations are infested with bad arguments. This guy's online articles are just riddled with poor logic and preposterous inferences.

    The fact is, these appointments are political (like judiciary appointments). This one is sending a statement, and it's just incomprehensible what it might be--Is he some kind of sop to wingnuts? There are a LOT of distinguished scientists around--How on earth did they decide to go with this guy?

    Posted by: coolbearinmd | May 17, 2010 3:06:15 PM

  20. Some fags will ALWAYS be Uncle Nancys.

    The best that we can do is to not acknowledge their existence at every opportunity that we can. If you've previously called them friend, call them out for their flawed logic and then isolate them from yourselves. They're not your friend.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | May 17, 2010 3:08:09 PM

  21. There are many more qualified men and women that obama could have appointed, and hopefully will once this vile scum is terminated. If he were a klansman, he'd already be gone. It's the bigotry that obama tolerates and seems to encourage that is troublesome given the color of his skin.

    Posted by: TANK | May 17, 2010 3:08:20 PM

  22. He's also a climate change denier, so his science is sh*tty too.

    Yea you have to come up with four scientists and he just HAS to be one of them. He's irreplaceable, the best, essential.


    Posted by: Wes | May 17, 2010 3:09:19 PM

  23. the ONLY difference IS.....OBAMA NEVER would have Hired a Guy who wrote such Visious things about Blacks, the Black community etc.....just sayin.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 17, 2010 3:14:15 PM

  24. We're in triage mode, so I dont know that whomever hired Katz had time to read all his blogposts. We dont even know under what capacity he's been hired or how big a team he's part of. The Wash U site says he's a physicist with a specialty in material science and has done work with lava flow, so he sounds qualified. In this instance, i don't care what retarded homophobic views he has. We don't generally vet people's ideologies when theyre not directly related to job performance.

    HOWEVER, his ramblings on learning disabilities and AIDS are not on a "personal" website. THey are on his Washington University website page. So in a sense, the school is giving credence to his blatherings. Perhaps someone could email them? Im going to.

    Posted by: dizzy spins | May 17, 2010 3:26:02 PM

  25. Yea GrabbinNewscum, and in this case the firefighter is someone who doesn't believe in fires, and that fire victims bring it upon themselves and don't deserve to be saved.

    Thats the guy I want coming for me!

    I suppose we're not actually supposed to think critically about people appointed to handle a major crisis.

    Posted by: Wes | May 17, 2010 3:26:09 PM

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