President Obama’s Scientific Team Assembled to Clean-Up Oil Spill Includes Outspoken Homophobe

Monday, May 17, 2010


Following BP’s many failures, President Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu assembled a team of five “extraordinarily intelligent” scientists (Obama’s words), whose specialties range from bomb design to Martian mining, to clean up the Gulf spill.

But the gay community’s so-called “fiercest advocate” included someone by the name of Jonathan I. Katz. A physics professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Katz, is a member of the JASON think tank, did his early work in astrophysics, though he now tackles a wide variety of physics problems. Katz is arguably, the most controversial member of the team after he published an essay titled, “In Defense of Homophobia.”

Here’s a sample of views espoused by Jonathan I. Katz:

Homophobia is the moral judgement that homosexual behavior (most of the arguments in this essay refer specifically to male homosexual behavior) is wrong. Homophobia is not like ethnic, racial or religious prejudice, which deny the intrinsic moral rights and value of other people. Rather, it is a moral judgement upon acts engaged in by choice.

And from the same essay, there’s this pip:

In America attitudes towards homosexuality changed in the 1970’s. It went from a private, furtively practiced, vice to an open and accepted subculture. In many circles, “sodomite” ceased to be an insult. This acceptance led to the toleration, and wide practice, of gross homosexual promiscuity. HIV, falling onto that fertile soil, made the AIDS epidemic. Even before AIDS was recognized, practicing homosexuals were notorious for a high rate of venereal diseases.

And from the same essay:

What of those cursed with unnatural sexual desires? Must they forever suppress these desires? Yes, but this is hardly a unique fate. Almost everyone has desires which must be suppressed. Most men and women think adulterous thoughts fairly often, and find themselves attracted to members of the opposite sex to whom they are not married. Morality requires them to suppress these desires, and most do not commit adultery, though they feel lust in their hearts. Almost everyone, at one time or another, covets another’s property. They do not steal. Many people feel great anger or intense hatred at some time in their lives. They do not kill.

I am a homophobe, and proud.

While the environmental and ecological situation in the Gulf of Mexico worsens each day, and capping the leak caused by the collapse of the rig in the Deepwater Horizon zone must be a top priority for the administration, I also have to question how it is possible that of all the scientists in the U.S., President Obama, our so-called “fiercest advocate,” hired a team member who holds such profoundly and unapologetically homophobic views?

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18 Responses to President Obama’s Scientific Team Assembled to Clean-Up Oil Spill Includes Outspoken Homophobe

  1. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Major kudos to you, Christopher, for unraveling this appalling and offensive choice by the president.

    At some point, even the most ardent Obama-bots need to admit the growing body of evidence pointing to a Chief Executive who is anything but, sensitive to the gay community. I, for one, do not for a minute buy the “fiercest advocate” meme.

    Mr. Obama may call himself this when it is politically expedient but, the reality contradicts the pretty prose.

  2. Dmitris says:

    How on earth did you manage to connect the dots on this one? As usual, this blog is the only place I’ve read anything about Jonathan Katz and his radical views. Like you, I don’t believe he’s the only scientist in the USA who was available to work on this team. Sorry, no sale.

  3. bradfrmphnx says:

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading. How could an intelligent mind think this way? Seriously, how could it? He must have been subjected to some early childhood tendencies, or has hidden desires of his own, in order to be so outspoken.

    Most people who are this homophobic always turn out caught in a men’s stall somewhere.

  4. lea-lea says:

    Jonathan Katz needs his ass kicked.

    I’m a proud, anti-bigot, so look out Johnny.

  5. Harry says:

    Smart people are so stupid.

  6. Vivzzz says:

    A truly despicable man. A dunce.

    Which Jason think tank? Do you mean the Jason Society?

    President Eisenhower commissioned THE JASON SOCIETY or JASON SCHOLARS to sift through all the facts, evidence, technology, lies and deception and find the truth of the alien question.

    Initially, the society was made up of 32 of the most prominent men in the country in 1952 and the top 12 members were designated MJ-12

    The Jason Scholars also were the ones that were responsible for the recommendations, known as Alternative 1, Alternative 2 and Alternative 3, for the case that some -possible alien induced- catastrophe might threaten Earth.

    * Alternative 1 was to use nuclear devices to blast holes in the stratosphere from which the heat and pollution could escape into space.
    * Alternative 2 was to build a vast network of underground cities and tunnels in which a select representation of all cultures and occupations would survive and carry on the human race. The rest of humanity would be left to fend for themselves on the surface of the planet.
    * Alternative 3 was to exploit alien and conventional technology in order for a select few to leave the earth and establish colonies on the Moon and Mars.

  7. Prairiedog says:

    I guess it is too much for us to hope President Obama would distance himself from people like Jonathan Katz but I guess that is too much to ask.

    Like others have said, good job connecting the dots.

  8. Idaho Librul says:

    So help me out here.

    It’s perfectly acceptable for the Obama administration to hire a vehement homophobe to work on the Federal team charged with cleaning up the BP oil spill because presumably, Katz’ intelligence outweighs his offensive view of gay people?

    But would the president go deaf, dumb and blind if we replaced “gay” with “African American?” If Katz said he detested black people, would Obama be willing to look the other way?

  9. Thai Noodles says:

    Not only is Jonathan I. Katz a dangerous homophobe, he’s also a self-proclaimed climate change denialist. He’s someone Rush Limbaugh would would cheer.

  10. DMason says:

    So Katz calls gays and lesbians “sodomites?” Cool. I call Katz a fucking douchebag. What the hell was Obama thinking? Maybe that is the problem? He doesn’t think?

  11. Gleneagle says:

    I’m feeling the urge to fire off a letter of complaint to the Dean at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Does the university really want someone like Katz representing the school? I think they the Dean might be appalled to learn about Katz’ essays.

  12. Randy Arroyo says:

    One of two things happened. The Obama White House failed to vet Jonathan Katz and they were clueless about his essays or, they hoped no one would connect the dots, focusing on his abilities to contribute to the oil spill clean-up effort. Either way, Obama, Inc, is so busted.

  13. R L Pete Housman says:

    I promise that after I say this I will give myself a time out and go stand in the corner and flagellate myself.

    Let Him Stop the Oil from pouring out. There will be plenty of tar to gather up for the tar and feathering
    afterwards. And I pledge that I will take him on mano e mano for his idiot views.

    I off to my corner now.

  14. R L Pete Housman says:

    Thanks Chris for the heads up – It is always good to hear truth and to act with knowledge. Kudos for watching out for us.

  15. JAB says:

    Just wanted to point out that Obama probably had little involvement with who was picked for the team… According to all the news reports I read, the team was assembled by Energy Secretary and Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Chu.

    As of today, Katz has fortunately been fired from the team… he should never have been selected in the first place.

    Katz was selected probably because he is part of JASON, an advisory group of scientists and engineers for the U.S. government:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JASON_(advisory_group)

  16. I am a proud gay man. I am also a staunch critic of religion — one who publicly says nasty things about religious apologists. I do this frequently.

    But I would not want to lose my job because of my public atheism, and I do not think I should. Though Katz’s views are appalling, they are not so appalling as the notion that free citizens must submit to ideological tests before taking on jobs for which they are eminently qualified, and which have nothing to do ideology.

    Doesn’t anyone else feel that Katz’s dismissal is a dangerous precedent?

    – BKT

  17. TOM339 says:

    Brandon,

    I don’t see Jonathan Katz’s dismissal as failing to pass an “ideological test,” as you characterize it.

    What if Katz is a member of the KKK? Or, NAMBLA? Or, the Aryan Nation? Does his science expertise somehow outweigh such radical and extremist memberships?

  18. hiv test says:

    thanks for the serious review

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