Tuesday, May 18, 2010
That was fast. In less than 24 hours, the Dept. of Energy announced controversial homophobic astrophysicist at Washington University in St. Louis, Jonathan I. Katz, who penned an essay extolling the virtues of homophobia, will no longer be part of the Gulf oil spill clean up team.
”He will no longer be involved in the [Energy] Department’s efforts” at addressing the oil spill continuing to spread in the Gulf of Mexico, a Department spokeswoman relayed late Monday night.
Jonathan I Katz’s writings were discovered on his university website in an essay titled, ”In Defense of Homophobia.’‘ In the essay, dated May 13, 1999, Katz wrote of his disdain of gay people and his embrace of homophobia.
In response to an inquiry from Metro Weekly about whether Chu or the Energy Department was aware of Katz’s writings before he was selected to help with the oil spill, spokesperson, Stephanie Mueller responded, ”No, the Secretary was not aware and disagrees with them. The Department wasn’t aware either.”