October 13, 2006

Psychologist Michael Miller Violates First Rule of Holes (Keeps Digging), Ignoring Why Strickland’s 1999 Vote Was So Important

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:24 am

In the previous e-mail exchange between Miller and WTAM 1100 morning talk-show host Bob Frantz, Miller went after Frantz for allegedly saying that Ted Strickland supported pedophilia (wrong), that Strickland objected to the “politicalization” of science (he didn’t say that; he criticized his collleagues’ competence to render an informed vote — BIG difference), and acted as if Strickland’s reference to the 10 Commandments in his one-minute House Floor speech was redemptive (no, Strickland used the 8th commandment as a club to call 355 of his fellow congressmen liars).

Then Miller went into an unrelated direction about “a real parallel between the effects of child abuse and the effects of war experiences” and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Frantz fortunately took none of the bait and simply recited back the resolution language that Strickland would not support.

Miller wouldn’t let it go, and here is his follow-up e-mail to Frantz yesterday evening. What follows is a full-fledged descent into the land of the Democratic Underground:

I am a concerned citizen, NOT a campaign worker. I can see you are as fair and balanced as Rush, Chris Wallace, et al. You claim to be an Independent? By your logic, if one has any constitutional issues with say the Patriot Act and does not give President Bush another blank check to do whatever he wants, you are providing aid and comfort to the enemy. Reread the Constitution and look for references to checks and balances – something that has been absent for 6 years.

One thing that I have to complement (sic) you, Rush, et. al, on is NOT letting the lack of facts get in your way of knowing the truth. As an active Christian and Sunday School teacher, I am tired of litmus tests of anti-gay and anti-abortion defining one as a person of faith. Jesus said nothing about either of these in the Gospels. When I listen to Rush, I NEVER hear any of the lessons of Jesus put into play. He recently stated that liberals complain about the far right being judgemental. If he were familiar with the Gospels and Jesus, the radical, he would have known that Jesus taught “Judge not lest ye be judged.” These are the lessons that true Christians struggle with and attempt to put into play. Yes, these comments reveal that I have further to work on this lesson.

It is distressing that the Bush administration and the far right (I realize that this occured when he was still Governor) continue to try to minimize and politicize science to supposedly “report” what they want to hear.

Thank you for your time.

Dr. Miller

Mostly speaks for itself, eh?

In Michael Miller’s world, only “the far-right” would be so “judgemental” as to condemn a study suggesting that adult-child sex pedophilia is not always such a bad thing. Miller “forgets” that 160 or so Democrats supported the resolution. If Millier is implicitly suggesting that those Democrats were intimidated into voting as they did by the “far-right,” he appears to be saying that Democrats are the party that would have been just okey-dokey with the legitimization of research reports like the one orginally published by the American Psychological Association designed to begin the process of normalizing pedophilia. That doesn’t sound like it has much potential to turn into a workable campaign slogan, and as much as I have a problem with a lot of the liberal agenda, I do not believe that the large majority of even hard-left Beltway libs would disagree with how 160 of their colleagues voted in 1999.

But Mr. Miller’s anti-Bush rant had one phrase that he (Miller) clearly detests — aid and comfort. Michael Miller’s apparent refusal to acknowledge that there is such a thing as providing aid and comfort to a hostile cause has direct applicability to that 1999 House resolution.

Let’s revisit the Weekly Standard’s January 1, 2001 article “Pedophilia Chic, Revisited,” that was previously mentioned in Part 2 of the original series on Ted Strickland’s “Present” vote, and you’ll understand what I mean. Read this paragraph from that article very carefully as it QUOTES from the research report Congress condemned:

What was equally radical about “Meta-Analytic,” ….. was its specific comparison of pedophilia to “behaviors such as masturbation, homosexuality, fellatio, cunnilingus, and sexual promiscuity.” All such, the authors noted, “were codified as pathological in the first edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (1952) ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’”; and all are so codified no more. What this analogy tacitly suggested, of course, was the assurance that pedophilia, too, would someday take its place at the liberationist table. In the meantime, as the authors put it, “This history of conflating morality and law with science in the area of human sexuality by psychologists and others indicates a strong need for caution in scientific inquiries of sexual behaviors that remain taboo, with child sexual abuse being a prime example [emphasis added].”

How clear does the agenda of the research report’s authors need to be? The five behaviors mentioned were once considered taboo by a major professional organization; now, for better or worse, they’re not, and those genies aren’t going back into the bottle on a societywide basis anytime soon, if ever. Most (but not all) of those Americans who still disapprove of some or all of the identified behaviors have made peace with the idea that many of their fellow citizens find them either acceptable or none of their business, that we live in a pluralistic society, and that we generally live and let live.

Which brings us to pedophilia. The American people are not stupid; they often don’t pay enough attention, but they’re not stupid. It took a number of months before “Meta” got noticed by anyone outside of the psych community, but once it did, the consensus was about as instant, overwhelming, and across-the-board as you’ll ever see — pedophilia, contrary to the agenda of the APA study’s authors, would not be allowed to start down the researchers’ desired (and once done, undoable) path to normalization. Therefore, the people, once informed, made it crystal clear that the conclusions and implications of the research must, and would, be repudiated.

The House resolution that passed 355-0 is fairly seen as a bi-partisan statement that with pedophilia, “That’s not, gonna, happen.”

….. Except for those 13 congressmen who voted present, and especially for Ted Strickland, who furiously took after his colleagues in a one-minute speech a full 15 days after the vote on the resolution and, in essence, called them an unqualified pack of liars who had no right to criticize his psych profession colleagues.

Especially because he is a professional psychologist, and as such had a special responsibility to take a stand, Ted Strickland’s “Present” vote, and his extraordinary reaction to what his congressional colleagues did, gave aid and comfort to those who hold on to “the dream” that someday society will normalize a behavior it currently abhors. And it doesn’t matter how many times Strickland shouts “No it didn’t,” the stubborn and immutable fact is that, yes, it, did.

Nobody can fairly say that Ted Strickland supports pedophilia, but no one can deny that Ted Strickland’s “Present” vote, and especially his subsequent reaction, provided aid and comfort to those who do. The only debate is over how much.

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  1. [...] Index to prior posts: 10/13: Robert Novak highlights the Strickland problem in his column, giving it national exposure. New! 10/13: BSB calls us ’sick’ but keeps up on the Foley stuff, heh. New! 10/13: Scott Pullins post about the mystery campaign staffer. New! 10/13: More man-boy sex research supported by Strickland. New! 10/13: BizzyBlog takes apart lefty psychologist 10/12: Bob Frantz vs. Psychologist 10/12: Bob Burney audio. 10/12: Bob Frantz show audio 10/12: Cunningham show report 10/12: NixGuy: Strickland Smarter than Dobson? 10/11: Modern Esquire’s attempted linkage to Deb Pryce and Nixguy’s response. 10/11: WorldNetDaily Article. 10/10: Nixguy has more man-boy sex research that apparently Strickland approves of. 10/10: Bizzyblog’s index 10/3: WMD’s original post on the subject. Filed under: General by — Dave @ 8:51 am [...]

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  2. [...] I expect a lot of news coverage on this today, so this will stay near the top of the blog. 10/17: WND: Jerome Corsi has much, much more on the mystery staffer. 10/17: RAB: Bob Burney talks about the mystery staffer last Friday. 10/17: Columbus Dispatch on the debate and Stricklands positions. new! 10/17: NixGuy: 4th Debate notes, (in which Blackwell brings up the vote and Strickland responds). new! 10/16: NixGuy: Why did Strickland oppose H Con Res 107? 10/14: NixGuy: Trouble in Stricklandtown. 10/13: Robert Novak highlights the Strickland problem in his column, giving it national exposure. 10/13: BSB calls us ’sick’ but keeps up on the Foley stuff, heh. 10/13: Scott Pullins post about the mystery campaign staffer. 10/13: More man-boy sex research supported by Strickland. New! 10/13: BizzyBlog takes apart lefty psychologist 10/12: Bob Frantz vs. Psychologist 10/12: Bob Burney audio. 10/12: Bob Frantz show audio 10/12: Cunningham show report 10/12: NixGuy: Strickland Smarter than Dobson? 10/11: Modern Esquire’s attempted linkage to Deb Pryce and Nixguy’s response. 10/11: WorldNetDaily Article. 10/10: Nixguy has more man-boy sex research that apparently Strickland approves of. 10/10: Bizzyblog’s index 10/3: WMD’s original post on the subject. Filed under: Ohio Governor, Strickland by — Dave @ 6:53 am [...]

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