The Public Eye - Summer 2010 Edition
Radio Host Gives Lousy Advice to
The call-in show Dawson McAllister Live, which
provides advice to young people who have questions about addiction,
eating disorders, parents, sexuality, and other issues, airs on Sunday
nights on more than 160 radio stations nationwide, including on Boston’s
popular KISS-108. On April 10, Greg Kimball, an openly gay, 22-year-old
college student, called the show because, he told the Boston,
Massachusetts, LGBT weekly Bay Windows, as a fan, he was curious about
how the host would deal with a gay caller. Posing as a sixteen-year-old
questioning his sexuality, Kimball was advised to contact Exodus
International, a Christian organization that claims it can “reverse”
homosexuality through prayer and therapy.
“My jaw hit the floor,” said Kimball. “How many
gay or questioning youth has [McAllister] hurt? How many have cut
themselves or run away from home or killed themselves or lived a
life of lies and suppressing who they are because of his advice?
Kimball said that an advisor off the air told him
that homosexuality is a sin that is as bad as murder.
"The reason why God does not want us to be gay is
if everybody was gay there’d just be two people in the whole world,”
the adviser said. “If Adam and Eve were gay, that’d be all there’s
be. That’s why He made women and He made men.”
Although McAllister does not identify himself as a
right-wing Christian on his radio show, his identity is clear on his
website, www.dmlive.com. He lists as “partners” several pregnancy
“crisis centers,” which steer girls away from abortion and reproductive
health services, as well as Christian-based addiction-recovery websites.
After protests from the LGBT community, McAllister removed Exodus from
his website. Exodus immediately released a statement expressing its
“distress” that McAllister had yielded to pressure from LGBT activists
and Clear Channel, which produces the show.
LGBT callers are now referred to Focus on the
Family—hardly an improvement.
“KISS 108 should immediately sever its
relationship with the McAllister show to avoid aiding and abetting
these homophobic proselytizers,” said Arline Isaacson, the co-chair
of the Massachustts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. “It is cruel
to counsel LGBT youth in this fashion. It’s a form of ‘therapeutic
bullying’ that would definitely traumatize many kids and possibly
cause long term damage to some.”
What Harry Reid Is Up Against
Sharon Angle, the teaparty-endorsed Nevada Republican
who is challenging Senator Harry Reid, belonged to the Christian
conservative, libertarian-style Independent American Party for seven
years during the 1990s, until joining the Republican Party in 1997 in
order to make a credible run for statewide office. The Independent
American Party supports passage of a Liberty Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution that, according to Talking Points Memo (TPM.com), aimed to
“compel the federal government to halt its unconstitutional programs and
wasteful expenditures such as foreign aid and welfare corruption. It
will prohibit the financing of the New World Order with American taxes.
” The party also opposes what it calls the
“debt-money system” and the “Marxist graduated income tax.”
The fringe party placed a sixteen-page insert in the
state’s newspapers in 1994 that portrayed so-called sodomites as “child
molesting, HIV-carrying, Hell-bound freaks,” according to TPM. The
insert also included an article claiming that HIV lived in water and
could be transmitted in swimming pools.
“Angle’s campaign did not respond to a request
for comment about her time in the party,” said TPM.
Angle may be a Scientologist, according to her
opponent, Sue Lowden, who published ads to that effect during the
Republican primary. Lowden pointed to Angle’s promotion of a
Scientologist-supported proposal that would subject drug-addicted
prisoners to cold-turkey withdrawal, aided by massages and saunas.
Lowden is widely believed to have sealed her loss to Angle when she
suggested that healthcare reform was unnecessary and that patients could
barter with their doctors, exchanging, say, a chicken for a physical.
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