An Analysis of Laura Schlessinger's
May 3, 2000
Appearance on Larry King Live
[The links below are to video's of Dr. Laura's appearance - they are a bit large,
between 200k and 600k.]
1. Dr. Laura says she never used the word "deviants" in referring to gays.
LARRY KING: You did call them deviants though?
DR. LAURA: Never, I have never called anyone a name
LARRY KING: That was a misquote?
DR. LAURA: You know, the problem that I have is that people who have a very emotionally
packed point of view and an agenda unfortunately often misrepresent, misconstrue and
frankly downright fib about what somebody with a different position has to say and I'm
afraid I got caught in the crossfires of that.
Well, sorry doc, but on five separate occasions in the past year you used the word
"deviant' to describe gays and lesbians. I guess, technically, she did say
"deviant" in the and not "deviants." Kind of like the difference
between calling me a pedophile, and pedophilic?
December 21, 1999 - "of course a society should discriminate. Of course it should.
It should discriminate against certain behaviors. And man-on-man and woman-on-woman sexual
activity is a deviant sexual orientation, and it does not promote any of the values set
November 23, 1999 - "they can't put up the Ten Commandments, but they can all read
about endorsing an abnormal sexual, deviant behavior! Mind you, remember, I've not talked
about human beings: I've talked about the sexual orientation."
August 12, 1999 - "This is not about civil rights, because I'd be the first one in
front of that line, and I'm here to tell you that right now. I'd be the first one in the
front of that line. But this is about taking a deviant behavior, a dysfunctional behavior,
normalizing, sexualizing our kids."
June 22, 1999 - "since when is there a right for deviant sexual activity?"
June 9, 1999 - "Rights. RIGHTS! RIGHTS? For sexual deviant . . . sexual behavior
there are now rights. That's what I'm worried about with the pedophilia and the bestiality
and the sadomasochism and the cross-dressing. Is this all going to be 'rights' too, to
deviant sexual behavior? It's deviant sexual behavior. Why does deviant sexual behavior
2. Dr. Laura says doesn't know if being gay is a choice because "she's no expert."
LARRY KING: Do we know if it's a choice, do we really know that?....They didn't chose
it, did they
DR. LAURA: You know I'm not the expert in that. [And with that, she refused to say
anything more, saying there were others she could recommend to come on to talk about it.]
Not an expert? But Dr. Laura has repeatedly stated that homosexuality is a biological
error. She also is advertising a book on her Web site home page that promotes the idea
that gays can change their sexual orientation. Dr. Laura wrote the forward to that book.
So, she has publicly told millions of Americans that gays are biological errors. And she
is lending her name to a new book suggesting that gays can change, and hawking the book on
her Web site, when she now publicly admits that she's no expert on sexual orientation? Is
this a lie, or simply an admission of gross malfeasance?
3. Dr. Laura claims she's being persecuted because of her religion.
DR. LAURA: For the most part people understand the notion of free speech, and religious
persecution...When somebody has strong profound religious beliefs that, that is a
conviction which needs to be respected instead of misconstrued or misrepresented as hate
But Dr. Laura has made quite clear that she is speaking as "Dr." Laura and
not "Rabbi" Laura. In her clearest explanation to date of the controversy over
her anti-gay comments, she said that her words were said in a "clinical
context." Now, all of a sudden, one month later were to believe that she was never
speaking in a clinical context at all - even though that's exactly what she said only a
few weeks ago - but rather was speaking as an orthodox Jew. And even if we ignore the 180
degree turn in her alibi, was she also speaking as an orthodox Jew when she suggested that
the "huge portion" of gay men are sexual predators - where is that in the
And even more importantly, since when has Dr. Laura been an advocate of religion being
an absolute defense for a wrong position? On January 20, 2000, she blasted 850 religious
leaders who endorsed a declaration supportive of gays and lesbians. Dr. Laura called these
religious leaders "fringe, pseudo-clergy types," and "very radical, fringe
calling-themselves-clergy-and-ought-not-to." Dr. Laura has made it clear that
speaking in the name of religion does not exonerate you from public criticism, at least in
her eyes, so why the double standard when she herself is criticized?
4. Dr. Laura claims that all she has ever said about homosexuality is that
children are best served in a traditional home.
DR. LAURA: Children are best served by a mommy and a daddy in a traditional home, that
is basically all I have stood for, the rest of this is, is some kind hallucination.
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Not to belabor the point, but Dr. Laura has suggested that homosexuality is akin to
pedophilia, bestiality, incest, biological errors, deviancy, ethnic cleansing and the
destruction of civilization. Hell of a hallucination.