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Don't Study Violence Against Gays, Says Austin Ruse At CPAC: VIDEO

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Yea gods, this is the ugliest video from CPAC so far. In it, Austin Ruse explains why mere studies into countries' summary execution of LGBTs is dangerous and wrong.

Austin Ruse is the head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, or C-FAM, and he used to be hip. He apparently wrote for Rolling Stone. Nowadays he's a Catholic scold, running his organization and writing despairing bi-monthly columns for In one such column, "Are Urophilia and Partialism Human Rights?", he upbraided the French government for:

... calling on the United Nations to consider “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” new categories of non-discrimination in U.N. human rights treaties.

... on the grounds that:

... Do you happen to know how many sexual behaviors the American Psychiatric Association has identified? Twenty-three.

They include the usual and now sadly ho-hum heterosexuality, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, and transgenderism. But the list also includes something called “frotteurism” which is the “touching and rubbing against a non-consenting person.” Also included is something called “autogynephilia” which is “the sexual arousal of a man by his own perception of himself as a woman or dressed as a woman.” There are others like “telephone scatalogia,” “urophilia,” “coprophilia,” and “partialism.” You don’t need to know about any of these.

Is it so hard to imagine how far U.N. experts would eventually go in defining the phrase “sexual orientation?” Dare I say that this is the slipperiest of slopes?

Of course, he included the usual concessions to ordinary human decency:

It’s true that some countries have unacceptably draconian laws, including the death penalty, for homosexual behavior. But this exists in only a few countries and is to be condemned.

... but Ruse hasn't written any columns about that. The most distressing trait of homophobes: They are more outraged by LGBT's influence than by their murder.

Anyway -- the video, which RightWingWatch has helpfully transcribed. Ruse is addressing an audience at CPAC, and he says:

In 2010 there was a debate about summary execution that entered sexual orientation and gender identity into the equation, that was defeated and then it was accepted, and then the Human Rights Council last summer called for a report on violence against homosexuals. This was hard fought, it was barely lost, and the reasons that countries oppose this idea, ‘what’s wrong with having a study on violence against homosexuals,’ it’s because they’re introducing language which we know is just the nose of the camel under the tent. When this vote took place calling simply for a study, it was heralded in the New York Times as a great victory for human rights of the LGBT community, it was nothing of the sort. It was a vote to have a study. See, this is the drumbeat that they use, ‘oh it’s a victory for human rights’ and then it happens again ‘and it’s another victory for human rights’ and it happens again ‘and it’s another victory for human rights,’ and the water gets warmer and warmer and warmer until the frog is boiled. This is their theory of international law: their theory of international law is that it’s done by lying, coercion and trickery. [emphasis added]

See, Austin Ruse knows our game. He knows that if we start out with a study of anti-LGBT violence, pretty soon we'll be plotting to stop anti-LGBT violence. We're tricksy like that.

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. So Ruse is worried that violence-against-gays studies are, in fact, a ruse? Somebody should study this poor fellow's addiction to cliched similes: "just the nose of the camel under the tent"..."the water gets warmer and warmer and warmer until the frog is boiled" -- all this under a minute at that! Can you imagine an entire evening of this?

    Posted by: Alitowski | Feb 12, 2012 7:57:44 AM

  2. It is the third blind mouse! The chicken that crossed the road! The little engine that could! The greener grass on the other side of the hill! The needle in the haystack! The pig that went to the market!

    Posted by: Virnon | Feb 12, 2012 8:16:29 AM

  3. A fool with his head up his ass comes to my mind. Catholics have so much to be ashamed of when it comes to their hating leaders, so out of touch with morality towards others.

    Posted by: lk | Feb 12, 2012 9:07:36 AM

  4. The train entering the station, the ticket master not taking your ticket. the zzzzzzz

    Posted by: sylvatica | Feb 12, 2012 9:14:33 AM

  5. Time for a renewed call for an LGBT boycott of the (Mormon influenced) Marriott chain?

    Posted by: Ugh | Feb 12, 2012 10:09:40 AM

  6. Now that GOProud has been kicked out, all the vermin have crawled out from their respective holes.

    Posted by: Rance | Feb 12, 2012 10:21:13 AM

  7. oh my! you cant win on economics. Why? cause the economy is getting a little better. And you cant win on foreign policy because your members dont even know where to point on a map and find afganistan. Nor do they care. And you cant win most probably by slapping Dem's with ever stricter voting laws. SO whatya do, blanche? You dig up that old, dusty book called "Moral Issues". So you can scare granny and grandpa into getting out next year with their walkers and jazzys and voting. Because only the rethugs will save you from these large marauding bands of homo-transexual, man-on-dog-loving, satanists....snooze

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Feb 12, 2012 10:40:07 AM

  8. Can you say another 'A-Holy' Catholic ?

    Posted by: Fliptrx | Feb 12, 2012 10:50:26 AM

  9. don't catholics and republicans care about how hateful they sound?

    Posted by: h | Feb 12, 2012 11:01:29 AM

  10. The GOP has degenerated into a collection of fringe hate groups and are on the verge of irrelevance if they do not alter this message. Not that I care or anything. Good riddance.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 12, 2012 11:44:05 AM

  11. This seems to be the issue with them now, denying that GLBT's are pushing for civil rights. They want to keep saying 'special rights' instead. And when the HRC asks for a study on violence against homosexuals, instead of asking himself if he is mistaken and this is in fact a civil rights issue, Ruse doubles down and indignantly insults the GLBT community by claiming that we are simply appropriating the term 'civil rights' from studies like this one.

    Someone needs to sit down with these people and have a frank discussion about what rights are, where they came from, and why we uphold them.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 12, 2012 11:52:34 AM

  12. Ah yes ... the old paraphilias-are-sexual-orientations ruse. Sadly this still works with the uneducated audiences who obsess about other peoples sexual activity, presumably because don't have any or harbor 'shameful' desires they repress.

    Posted by: kelehe | Feb 12, 2012 11:54:56 AM

  13. Ruse's wife, Cathy, is with the Family Research Council, where she is promoting the Boycott Girl Scout Cookies initiative because of the supposed connection with Planned Parenthood, another lie.

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Feb 12, 2012 3:23:58 PM

  14. Hello boys, glad you liked the talk.

    Posted by: Austin Ruse | Feb 12, 2012 10:57:18 PM

  15. @ "Austin Ruse"

    Hello, you aptly-named liar, you. Glad you think I listened. Give my regards to your equally-mendacious wife at the Family Research Council, now spreading the Girl Scouts / Planned parenthood fiction which originated under you at C-FAM. In respect of Cathy, isn't she a modern-enough girl to construct her own lies, rather than recycling your own prefabbed ones? Put a cork on your paternalism, won't you?

    Warmest personal regards and best wishes for continued success...

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Feb 13, 2012 4:29:21 AM

  16. "This is their theory of international law: their theory of international law is that it’s done by lying, coercion and trickery."

    Oh, the irony!

    Lowlife azzhat...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Feb 13, 2012 8:07:13 AM

  17. Face it everybody - Any one so inclined that there exists an invisible thing, or something or other, up in the sky someplace, or other, that supposedly created everything perfectly, and cannot make a mistake, suddenly gave humans the ability to make the mistake of being homosexual, and then says it is OK to kill these homosexuals after "IT" said that "Thow shall not kill", is very confusing.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Feb 13, 2012 10:41:19 AM

  18. This coke rap is not a real speech. It's a ruse.

    Posted by: wimsy | Feb 13, 2012 2:15:27 PM

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