Baskerville’s Homosexual Activist Nazi Comments in Context

Patrick Henry College grad David Sessions just published the entire text of the lecture on Scribd.

Read the entire lecture for yourself. A common complaint that PHC dissenters hear is that we’re “taking things out of context” or being “uncharitable.” In what real-world context do PHC Professor Stephen Baskerville’s comments about “homosexual activists” being “integral” to the rise of Nazism make any sort of sense? Baskerville barely provides any context within the text of the lecture, resorting instead to badly-sourced paranoid propaganda.

Suggesting that gay activists enjoyed power in the NSDAP precisely because they were gay is outrageous. If homosexuality was a ticket to political power within the NSDAP, why were 100,000 gay men arrested for homosexuality in Nazi Germany? About 50,000 of those served prison sentences, an estimated 5,000-15,000 went to concentration camps, and an unknown number went to mental hospitals.

I assume Baskerville can look these facts up for himself. But instead, he chooses to ignore history so that he can make bogus connections between queer activism and Nazism. Not only does he fail to back up these claims with any sort of credible evidence, but comparing people he disagrees with to Nazis is the worst sort of intellectual laziness.

The Faith & Reason lecture is advertised as being the scholarly event of the semester. Who approved this lecture? Because there were no dissenting voices on the panel following the lecture, should we assume that this is now the official position of Patrick Henry College? PHC leaders, please feel free to respond in the comments.

Patrick Henry College Professor Says ‘Homosexual Activists’ Were ‘Integral’ to Rise of Nazism

In a so-called Faith & Reason lecture delivered to the entire student body today, Patrick Henry College Professor Stephen Baskerville claimed that “homosexual activists” played an integral role in the rise of Nazism.

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I find it hard to understand how any academic could retain any shred of self-respect after implying that the Nazis and queer people were bosom buddies. This chart, for example, lays out the various triangular Nazi concentration camp badges that were used to categorize Jews, sexual offenders (which were primarily gay men), the Romani people, and those who were mentally ill, among many others.

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This quote was only one of many similarly inaccurate and deeply offensive statements delivered in the course of the lecture, the text of which is about 25 pages. Baskerville, who has made a career of railing against the “divorce regime” after a messy divorce in his own past, warned the student body against adopting a “theology of resentment.”

He also said that the AIDS epidemic has been exacerbated by “sexual ideologues, who sabotage effective campaigns for abstinence and fidelity in favor of ideologically inspired but useless condom distributions, resulting in further spread of the disease and millions of needless deaths.”

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Yes, you read that correctly. Distributing condoms spreads AIDS.

This sort of lying and misinformation is malicious and irresponsible. If someone chooses to be abstinent, that’s their business, but they shouldn’t be made to feel as though they invite death if they choose to be sexually active. In addition, calling safe sex campaigns a form of “sabotage” is ridiculous. The ability to know about and practice safe sex does not take away your ability to practice abstinence if you so choose. Instead, it provides you with more options.

Baskerville spews classic MRA and queer panic rhetoric for much of the lecture. He puts words like “rape” and domestic “violence” and “child abuse” in quotation marks, to suggest that straight cis men and fathers are being persecuted in a witch hunt full of supposedly false accusations.

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I’d like to say that I’m surprised that these sorts of comments are coming from a PHC leader, but I went to school there for four years. I heard rape victims referred to as manipulating liars, I was told that children’s rights was a ploy to take children away from their parents, and feminists were dismissed as ugly people who couldn’t get dates. So no, it doesn’t surprise me that a PHC professor would say these things, or that he would be met with thunderous applause.

But I do wish that Patrick Henry College valued reputable academic research and healthy discourse over demagoguery and targeted attacks. That Baskerville is even employed at PHC, given the poor quality of his research and rhetoric, let alone allowed to represent the college in a campus-wide lecture given to the entire student body, shows how little the school respects academic disciplines and its own students.

Fabulous Friday: 08/24

Happy Friday, baby queermos! I’m proud of myself for posting this on time.

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Book Recommendation: I just finished Ash, a YA version of the classic Cinderella story, retold with a lesbian twist by former AfterEllen.com editor Malinda Lo. It’s an enjoyable read, although I found the ending a bit rushed and contrived, and the character development a tad shallow. Still, if you like your fantasy with a side of lesbian romance, you’ll love Ash. If you’re a queer girl looking to meet like-minded fantasy-loving queer girls, I recommend reading this in your favorite vegan coffeeshop, or maybe in that used bookstore where the cute clerk with the alternative lifestyle haircut makes feeble attempts to straighten the topsy-turvy stacks of books before diving back into Promethea.

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I Wish I Had Been Exposed to ‘Gay Activism’ as a Child

Kids are heading back to school, which means parents are stocking up on new pencils, backpacks, notepads, and queer-retardant clothing for their young ones.

Actually, since that last item has not yet been completed in the Focus on the Family labs, Candi Cushman is here on CitizenLink Report to warn parents of the ongoing threat of “gay activism.”

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A Few Updates

Sorry for the long silence, everyone. As Alan mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been rather busy with life lately, and haven’t had much time to breathe, let alone post on QPHC. I hope that will change soon!

In the last couple of weeks, my family has made it clear to me that I am not welcome at home, and I am not allowed to talk to any of my siblings who are younger than 18. This does not bode well for any future coming out process, and it’s also just a bit of an adjustment for me. Even when my relationships with my family members have been strained, I’ve still always maintained contact, and to suddenly have that cut off has left me reeling. At the same time, I have a great sense of freedom and relief. I think I’ve needed space from my family for awhile, and I probably never would have chosen it for myself.

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Worth Sharing: Transgender Housing Network

The recently founded Transgender Housing Network was created to assist trans*-identified people in finding temporary housing. Trans* people can post a submission if they have a need for housing, and those who are able to host trans* people can also post to the network.

This project is worth your time. If you can’t host someone, please consider reblogging, Tweeting, and otherwise putting this site out there so that those who need to find it, will.

Read an interview with THN founder Dylan at Autostraddle.com to find out more.

Hair as White as Snow or Anderson Cooper

This morning at church my pastor was preaching about Jesus as King, and made reference to John’s description of Him in Revelation 1:14, “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow…” For some reason I’ve always been uncomfortable with that description. I think it’s because every time I heard it I would think of my grandmother, who had wispy white hair, and I could just not envision Jesus having hair like that.

However, with his recent coming out (from his glass closet), Anderson Cooper was on my mind this morning; so instead of thinking of old lady wispy white hair, I thought of this:

This was truly something that had bothered me for YEARS, so while it may seem a bit trivial, this literally revolutionized the way I picture Jesus in my head. I’m not exaggerating either. I could never picture Him as John describes because it was too ridiculous, but now I can envision the great dignity, majesty, and handsomeness of the Lord.

What the Hell is Pansexuality, Anyway?

So, pansexuality. It’s a bit of a scary word, right? Some of you may be thinking, “What kind of hippie bullshit is this?”

Take a deep breath, my lovelies, and listen to the hilarious and articulate Laci Green on this subject.

For those of you unable to watch the video, I’ll summarize her main points, and add some personal commentary and a few points of my own.

Pansexuality does not mean a sexual attraction to frying pans. But you all knew that…right?

Pansexuality does mean the potential attraction to people of all gender identities and expressions. I have been attracted to people who are cis, trans*, genderqueer, agender– the list could go on. How they define themselves in their minds is certainly a part of them, and therefore may be part of what I find attractive in them. However, I’m never going to find myself madly attracted to someone only to lose all feelings of attraction when I discover their sex, gender identity, biological sex at birth, etc. It’s just not a deciding factor for me.

Pansexual does not mean being attracted to everyoneBut Kate, you say. You just said… Actually, my dears, what I said was that I can feel attraction to people of all gender identities and expressions, not that I feel attraction to everyone. Does every heterosexual man feel attracted to all women? Of course not. I think many of these misconceptions often stem from discomfort about one’s own sexuality, since a moment of reflection on the nature of attraction would resolve many of these misconceptions.

Pansexuality vs. Bisexuality: “We define labels. Labels do not define us.” – Laci Green. Some people like to define pansexuality as being attracted to all gender identities and bisexuality as being attracted to two gender identities. Bisexuality is sometimes associated with being attracted to the two traditional sides of the gender binary: for example, being attracted solely to cisgender men and cisgender women. Other supporters of the term say that bisexuality essentially means pansexuality; that the term has expanded to become more inclusive over the years. I have come out to people as bisexual because explaining “traditional” bisexuality can be a great stepping stone to later explaining the somewhat more fluid connotations of pansexuality. However, I don’t really consider bisexuality to be a completely accurate label for myself, so after a season of trying it on, I decided to move on to pansexuality. But maybe you feel like pansexuality implies a broader range of potential attraction than you feel. That’s OK. Maybe bisexuality will work for you. Or maybe you’ll come up with a different label entirely! Or maybe you’ll switch back and forth between a few labels over the course of your life. Maybe you’ll never settle down with any labels! All of this is completely fine. You do you, my friend.

Pansexuality does not mean polysexuality, polyamory or polygamy. “Poly” means “many,” and “pan” means “all.” Polysexuality is the attraction to multiple gender identities and expressions. Polyamory is the desire to have more than one intimate or sexual relationship at once. Polygamy is the marriage to more than one person. Of these three, pansexuality is closest to polysexuality, although there is still the distinction between “all” and “many.” Pansexuality and monogamy do not have to be mutually exclusive. Pansexuality does not imply a need for orgies or multiple romantic and sexual relationships at the same time. (Again, many heterosexual people are quite capable or desirous of orgies or polyamorous behavior.)

Pansexuality does not imply bestiality, pedophilia, object sexuality, or sextraterrestriality. Google tells me I have invented the last word, which I will now define as “the attraction to extraterrestrials.” Example: Captain Jack Harkness. The Whoniverse version, not the Queer PHC contributor. All jokes aside, the fact that “pan” means “all” does not mean that I am attracted to literally everyone and everything. So far, despite my deeply depraved state, I have managed to refrain from boning squirrels and that slutty Eiffel Tower (I can’t even make a joke about pedophilia, because, just no.) A pansexual person is not more inclined to engage in these behaviors than a heterosexual person.

What are your thoughts about pansexuality? Did I miss any misconceptions? Let me know in a comment.

QPHC

Welcome to the QPHC WordPress blog. If you’re wondering and haven’t guessed yet, QPHC stands for Queer Patrick Henry College.

This is a collaborative blog produced by several Patrick Henry College (PHC) students, current and former. We, being a group of people, do have varying opinions and beliefs, but one thing we do share in common is our desire to help and encourage other Patrick Henry College students, current and former, in any way that we can.

As of the start of this blog we are all anonymous contributors to this community, some for personal reasons, some for family/friend reasons, some for professional reasons, and some for multiple of those.

Patrick Henry College maintains a requirement of non-advocacy for enrolled students in regards to LGBTQ issues, but those issues are near and dear to many of us. Thus, this blog has been created as a way for us to express our opinions and thoughts on LGBTQ related topics.

Over time we hope to have posts ranging from general social commentary to specific news related commentary to book reviews to personal testimony and encouragement.

Patrick Henry College does not offer courses in Queer Studies, Sex Ed, or Gender Equality. However, these are issues that are of pressing importance in our culture today and are of importance to us personally. We hope to use this blog to provide information on those topics that are taboo at PHC.

If any of our readers have questions or are interested in contributing to this blog please feel free to contact us at queerphc@gmail.com

And be sure to check out our Tumblr Blog at qphc.tumblr.com and our Twitter at twitter.com/queerphc

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