Earlier than becoming a member of President Donald Trump’s administration, right-wing commentator Robert W. Patterson argued towards contraceptives as a result of “condom use robs” ladies of the “exceptional chemical compounds” in semen; stated married ladies within the office have undermined society; and prompt that homosexuality is a psychological dysfunction and sexual orientation may be forcibly modified.
Patterson is now the appearing affiliate commissioner on the Social Safety Administration’s (SSA) Workplace of Strategic and Digital Communications. He has prevented scrutiny regardless of working within the administration since spring 2017. A discover about his hiring on the SSA’s web site touted Patterson’s “wealth of expertise in communications and public engagement,” together with “as a coverage professional, professor and op-ed contributor.”
Patterson additionally labored in former President George W. Bush’s administration, ran for Congress in New Jersey as a Republican, and wrote for such publications as Breitbart Information, Washington Examiner, and Nationwide Assessment. He beforehand edited The Household in America, a conservative journal devoted to “topics starting from a family-centered Farm Invoice to a reevaluation of Friedan-style feminism, and from the continued sick results of divorce and household breakdown to the constructive results of marriage and child-bearing.”
Patterson’s work with The Household in America led to his resignation as a particular assistant in Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Welfare in January 2012. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the time that Patterson weighed in on “what he described as a lady’s ideally suited position in society: married and at house elevating youngsters.” He additionally “wrote about analysis that he stated confirmed that if ladies needed to seek out ‘Mr. Proper,’ they need to shun contraception tablets; and in the event that they needed to enhance their temper, they need to not insist that their males put on condoms lest they miss out on useful chemical compounds present in semen.” The Inquirer defined of Patterson’s views:
After the paper requested the Pennsylvania state authorities about “Patterson’s aspect job as editor,” he resigned and then-Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s “administration swiftly distanced itself from the views expressed within the journal he edits.” The Inquirer later reported: “Division officers stated Patterson had determined to resign as a result of he had been denied his request to stay the editor of the Household in America journal whereas working for the state.” (Patterson defended himself on the time by claiming “that The Inquirer distorted his views, and that his writings cited revered research revealed elsewhere.”)
SSA didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Media Issues lately examined Patterson’s writings and located further sexist commentary about married ladies within the office together with anti-LGBTQ bigotry.
Patterson complained that the federal government “has facilitated the motion of moms out of the house financial system and into the market financial system, undermining the household as an financial unit, marriage as a lifelong partnership, and the well-being of youngsters.” Patterson wrote a 2011 Washington Examiner op-ed (which is not obtainable on its web site) that complained about moms within the workforce:
Congress incentivized household breakup by making a child-support system that nearly ensures divorcing moms and their youngsters an revenue stream with out requiring these ladies, who provoke two-thirds of marital disruptions, to reveal any wrongdoing on the a part of the daddy.
All this must go. As does one other coverage monstrosity of the 1970s: sex-based affirmative motion that favors not simply ladies over males within the office however the privileged profession lady over the homemaker-wife who is determined by her breadwinning husband. Based on a 2007 Pew Analysis Middle research, this blatant rent-seeking has resulted in employment patterns that neither American males nor ladies think about splendid.
Most necessary, the office bias that Uncle Sam sanctions, in collusion with massive enterprise, has facilitated the motion of moms out of the house financial system and into the market financial system, undermining the household as an financial unit, marriage as a lifelong partnership, and the well-being of youngsters.
Furthermore, by advantaging younger ladies over their male counterparts, affirmative motion has disrupted the wedding market and helped result in dramatic will increase in cohabitation and single households.
Patterson has labored for 2 virulently anti-LGBTQ organizations. Patterson has labored for excessive anti-LGBTQ teams Household Analysis Council (FRC) and the Worldwide Group for the Household (previously The Howard Middle for Household, Faith & Society).
He labored for FRC from 1998-2002, serving as its senior director of publications and the editor of its Household Coverage journal. FRC is an influential and excessive anti-LGBTQ group that has tried to forestall equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Throughout Patterson’s time at FRC, the group’s web site said that it “believes that homosexuality is unhealthy, immoral and damaging to people, households and societies. Compassion — not bigotry — impels us to help therapeutic for homosexuals who need to change their orientation. FRC opposes any makes an attempt to equate homosexuality with civil rights or to match it to benign traits akin to pores and skin shade or hometown.”
One situation of Household Coverage that Patterson edited included a piece by Frank York and Robert Knight arguing that “mother and father, academics, social staff, and clergy have to problem the nonsense set forth by gay activists that homosexuality is just an alternate way of life or a innocent diversion. They should view homosexuality in a extra reasonable trend, seeing it for what it truly is: a life-controlling habit like smoking or drug abuse.” In a piece about “obtainable assets,” the Patterson-edited situation additionally recommends conversion remedy, a harmful and discredited follow that seeks to vary the sexual orientation or gender id of LGBTQ people.
FRC’s web site immediately nonetheless states that the group “believes that gay conduct is dangerous to the individuals who interact in it and to society at giant, and may by no means be affirmed.”
Patterson was additionally the editor of The Howard Middle for Household, Faith & Society’s The Household in Americajournal from 2009-2012. In 2016, the group retooled and turned the Worldwide Group for the Household (IOF).
The Howard Middle was brazenly anti-LGBTQ. A assertion from its 2011 web site learn: “The complementary natures of women and men are bodily and psychologically self-evident. These variations are created and pure, not primarily socially constructed. Sexuality is ordered for the procreation of youngsters and the expression of affection between husband and spouse within the covenant of marriage. Marriage between a person and a lady types the only ethical context for pure sexual union. Whether or not via pornography, promiscuity, incest or homosexuality, deviations from these created sexual norms can’t really fulfill the human spirit. They result in obsession, regret, alienation, and illness.”
Patterson criticized the American Psychiatric Affiliation for eradicating “homosexuality … from the Diagnostic and Statistical Guide of Psychological Issues” and pushed false and harmful propaganda that sexual orientation could be forcibly modified. Patterson co-wrote in a 2010 piece for The Household in America: “When homosexuality was deleted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Guide of Psychological Issues (DSM) in 1973, the American Psychiatric Affiliation was motivated not by the scientific proof however by a therapeutic want to weaken prevailing social attitudes that allegedly injury the vanity of homosexuals. Consequently, a lot of the dialogue of homosexuality by public-health officers and professional associations ignores the massive physique of empirical literature that casts gay conduct in an unfavorable mild.”
Patterson then cited purported analysis from the discredited anti-LGBTQ and conversion remedy advocacy group Nationwide Affiliation for Analysis and Remedy of Homosexuality (NARTH; the group has since been folded into The Alliance for Therapeutic Selection and Scientific Integrity), which concluded, “Homosexuality is just not innate, immutable, or with out vital danger to the medical, psychological, and relational well being,” including:
The assessment of 600 stories and research incorporates three evaluation essays, two of which refute claims of the American Psychological Affiliation that sexual orientation is fastened and that makes an attempt to vary it may be dangerous. The third evaluate finds that the literature demonstrates, opposite to a different declare of the APA, that “problematic behaviors and psychological dysfunctions are skilled amongst homosexuals at about 3 times the prevalence discovered within the common inhabitants—and typically far more.”
In distinction to the junk science cited by Patterson, main medical associations have rejected and discredited conversion remedy and said that gender id and sexuality can’t be forcibly modified. Additional, such organizations have concluded that conversion remedy results in harmful penalties, together with suicidal ideation.
Patterson stated same-sex marriage goes towards “nature, historical past, and cause.” Patterson wrote for Nationwide Assessment in 2009: “As a result of it predates society and the state, wedlock truly creates, builds, and renews society. Similar-sex marriage — a assemble that is determined by the state for its very existence — can by no means duplicate these features. In fact, insisting that marriage regulation ought to mirror what nature, historical past, and purpose affirm dangers offending not a lot homosexuals as cultural elites who care little about America.”
Patterson: “Homosexual marriage, like all of the liberal concepts of the 1970s–together with no-fault divorce, abortion on demand, cohabitation, and daycare–doesn’t and can’t serve the widespread good.” Patterson complained about same-sex marriage in a 2004 piece for Human Occasions On-line (which is not out there on its web site):[The] communal dimension is nearly nonexistent in terms of same-sex relationships, proof that such relationships ought to by no means be deemed equal to, and even an alternative choice to, marriage. In contrast to marriage, same-sex relationships are static, self-focused, and middle virtually solely on what the connection delivers for the 2 companions, not what it represents to the supportive households or to society. Does a gay companion even solicit the blessing of his potential associate’s household? Do his aunts and uncles journey cross-country to have fun the event? Who’re the third events to those pairings? Not often carried out in a group setting like a church or synagogue, these new-fangled preparations are primarily personal affairs with no natural ties to something. Sarcastically, this personal id is praised by advocates like Andrew Sullivan who assert that homosexual marriage can’t probably impression the normal marriages of others as a result of it considerations solely the 2 individuals concerned.
What this comes right down to must be apparent: Homosexual marriage, like all of the liberal concepts of the 1970s–together with no-fault divorce, abortion on demand, cohabitation, and daycare–doesn’t and can’t serve the widespread good. When elected officers, just like the minister in a marriage ceremony, ask whether or not the general public objects to what’s being proposed in Massachusetts and San Francisco, the American individuals have to stand up and converse their minds for the sake of the youngsters, for the sake of girls, and for the sake of the Republic.