Homosexual activist group forced to apologize to defamed scientist
TORUŃ, Poland, July 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – On July 1, the District Court in Toruń ordered the LGBTQ Association and three of its members to apologize to American psychologist Paul Cameron. Dr. Cameron, who specializes in research on homosexuals and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, filed a defamation case against the group in September 2014.
In recent years, Cameron had given speeches at Polish universities and other venues several times. His appearances did not go unnoticed by the gay lobby, especially in 2013. According to conservative portal pch24.pl, at one instance in Warsaw, his speech was interrupted by gay activists holding a sign "Gay is OK. F*** you, Mr. Cameron!" and behaving in an obscene and vulgar way, leading to a police arrest and a fine of 250 PLN (approximately $70).
As legal group Ordo Iuris explains, Cameron became the subject of an unprecedented attack from the LGBTQ Association from Toruń, who called him "a fraud" and accused him of falsifying research.
These allegations were spread throughout Poland via internet publications in which Cameron was called "a homophobe" and "a liar." Additionally, the activists sent open letters to the presidents of 60 institutions of higher learning and to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Some media were more than happy to spread this type of allegations. In consequence, a few universities refused to host Cameron as a conference guest or panelist.
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The Polish LGBTQ Association gathered a "file" on Cameron, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as one of its sources. The SPLC is known for its "hate map", which puts various conservative and Christian groups alongside neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and skinheads. The SPLC has recently come under fire for posting on its website an "Extremist File" about Dr. Ben Carson, a famous philanthropist and retired world-class neurosurgeon. Under a wave of intense criticism, the group took the file down in February 2015 and apologized to the now-U.S. presidential candidate.
Thanks to the actions of the SPLC, the goal of Polish LGBTQ activists was partially accomplished. Cameron became a persona non grata in academic circles, with shaky scientific credentials.
However, Cameron holds his doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado and was a professor at the University of Louisville, the University of Nebraska, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the head of the Family Research Institute (FRI), a non-profit scientific and educational organization that publishes empirical research on homosexuality, AIDS, sexual social policy, and other issues. The organization "welcome[s] all who would join in the fight to restore a world where marriage is upheld and honored, where children are nurtured and protected, and where homosexuality is not taught and accepted, but instead is discouraged and rejected at every level."
Furthermore, as legal group Ordo Iuris explains, Cameron's credentials proved themselves for government authorities and the scientific world.
He is a former advisor to U.S. and Canada governments and a reviewer for a number of journals, including the British Medical Journal, one of the oldest and best-known. His publications have appeared in renowned magazines such as the Journal of Adolescence, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Biosocial Science, a publication of Cambridge University.
Cameron's work has been used by the justice system as well. For example, his studies on development problems and violence experienced by children raised in homosexual households were quoted in the U.S. Court of Appeals decision from 2004 (Lofton v. Secretary of the Department Of Children & Family). Cameron's statistical research showing higher rates of violence in homosexual relationships was cited in the report of the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics ("Sexual orientation and victimization").
Considered by the American gay lobby "the most dangerous man in America," Cameron was represented in Poland by Jerzy Kwaśniewski of Ordo Iuris. The court decided that the LGBTQ Association's actions defamed Cameron's good name and scientific reputation. The judge ordered the defendant to publish an apology on the group's website and to send letters of explanation to the university presidents.
Polish law differs greatly from American law in this respect. In stark contrast with U.S. law, the Polish legal system makes it easier for public figures to sue for defamation than private ones.
Kwaśniewski told LifeSiteNews that he will appeal the case to receive financial compensation for Cameron. The judge rejected the 30,000 PLN (approximately $8,000) remedy proposed by Cameron's counsel.
Cameron has been an object of gay intimidation and even violence multiple times. As he told LifeSiteNews, "they have come to my home at night, killed a daughter's pet, threatened my children and my wife, and splashed what they claimed was HIV-contaminated blood on me, spit on me by HIV-infected gays, and called me names by the trainload."
He hopes that the appeals court judges will not be intimidated.
The LGBTQ group refused to comment on the verdict but referred to an official statement on their website, stating that they will also appeal the judgment.