Magazine article The Christian Century

Panel: Dr. Laura Violates Ethics Code

Magazine article The Christian Century

Panel: Dr. Laura Violates Ethics Code

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A Canadian broadcasting regulation panel has ruled that radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger's controversial statements about homosexuals have violated national broadcasting ethics codes. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council announced May 10 that Schlessinger's on-air claims that homosexual activity is "abnormal" and "deviant" violate the human rights provision of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' code of ethics. The council also decided that Schlessinger's claim that homosexuals are more likely than heterosexuals to commit pedophilia is "abusively discriminatory."

"To use such brutal language as she does about such an essential characteristic flies in the face of Canadian provisions relating to human rights," the council said in its decision, adding that "in Canada, we respect freedom of speech but do not worship it." Noting that, though known as "Dr. Laura," Schlessinger has no medical license to practice either psychiatry or psychology, the council said her views are "more than a quarter of a century out of date in the opinion of the professional psychiatric and psychological associations. …

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