The man is married (to another man), and he has two children (how exactly he got them, and whether they really are his, is however not quite clear). Yet he boasts about having had sex with more than 1.000 men.
This article, published in today’s Sunday Times, informs us of the academic and social accomplishments of an “internationally renowned gay scholar”, Prof. Eric Anderson of Winchester University, who also happened to be one of the most outspoken supporters of same-sex “marriage” when it was introduced in the UK. (The comments in brackets are ours):
Christians urge sacking of gay lecturer with ‘1,000 conquests’
A CHRISTIAN pressure group is campaigning to oust a high-profile university professor who boasted about his 1,000 sexual conquests.
Eric Anderson, 46, a Winchester University professor of sports studies, told a gathering of gay and lesbian students at Oxford that he liked sex with “16, 17, 18-year-old boys”. He dismissed Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, as a “total bigot” and “liar” and said “the damage that’s caused by child molestation is socially constructed by the western world”.[What exactly does he mean by that?]
The pressure group Because Children Matter wrote this weekend to Joy Carter, Winchester’s vice-chancellor, urging her to dismiss the professor. It warned that the group will distribute thousands of leaflets with his comments to members of the university’s board, head teachers of secondary schools in its area, students and members of the public.
The university says it has reprimanded the professor for his remarks, but defended him as an “internationally renowned gay scholar”. [Internationally renowned? What for? Do we know anything more about Mr. Anderson, except that he is gay?]
The clash over Anderson brings into the open bitter hostilities being waged away from public gaze between gay activists and opponents of same-sex marriage, which became legal in Britain in March.
Anderson, an American sociologist, has become a particular bête noire for traditionalists [N.B.: someone who thinks, as all societies did everywhere from the dawn of time until ten years ago, that marriage serves a procreative person, and thus is between a man and a woman, is now a “traditionalist”.] because he questions the right of the church to set the standards of sexual morality. He has achieved a high media profile and been happy to speak about his private life: on one occasion he brought his infant twin boys [His own? Or his partner’s? Or somebody else’s?] into a BBC television studio for a live broadcast on same-sex marriage. Anderson married his partner, Grant Tyler Peterson, in America before it was legal in Britain, and the couple invited a camera crew to follow them as they used a surrogate mother to became parents in 2012.
He made his controversial remarks about sex to Oxford University’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning) Society in 2011. Anderson reportedly prefaced the talk by reeling off an explicit list of sexual practices [Actually good. It dispelse the false image that gay people are “just like everybody else. They sure don’t behave that way.] and warning: “If you’re offended by discussions . . . then you should probably leave.” According to a report of the event in The Oxford Student newspaper, Anderson laughingly agreed that he was a “sexual predator” [semetipse dixit!] and added that he had had sex with “easily over a thousand people”. He said: “I like sex with 16, 17, 18-year-old boys particularly, it’s getting harder for me to get them but I’m still finding them. I hope between the age of 43 and the time I die I can have sex with another thousand — that would be awesome, even if I have to buy them, of course, not a problem.” [Prostitution is ok, apparently!] The professor said he liked to travel on cruise ships because “it’s like sex tourism” and “I always screw the dancers”.
Winchester University said last week that Anderson’s comments were “not appropriate [!?! not appropriate to what?? Isn’t he a “renowned gay scholar”?]and he was reprimanded shortly after”. It came to his defence, however, as “an internationally renowned gay scholar who publishes widely on sexualities, masculinities, sport and relationships.” It added: “The university will not tolerate any targeting of its members of staff on the grounds of sexual orientation.” [Obviously, it cannot be his behaviour that causes problems. His behaviour is impeccable. So it must be his “sexual orientation” that provokes hostility. The poor chap!]
Anderson faces more scrutiny next week when he confronts David Skinner, 70, an opponent of gay marriage, who is bringing a court case against him for alleged assault at the end of a lecture the academic gave at Bournemouth University in 2012. Anderson denies assault and accuses Skinner of harassment. The professor plans to turn the spotlight on to Skinner’s own opinions. [Having his self-professed predatory inclinations discussed apparently would not be in his interest…]In one document expected to be submitted to the court, he attacks Skinner for allegedly writing online that “ the gaystapo do not believe in human dignity” and “I am not alone in seeing a parallel here between the rise of homosexual power and that of Nazism before WWII”.
When asked last week if he wished to comment, Skinner said: “This is what happens when the West rejects the Bible. Nobody can live in a vacuum.”
The Sunday Times also asked Anderson if he disputed the accuracy of the opinions attributed to him. He said: “Statements I made during the course of that lecture were reported without context [It would certainly be interesting to learn more about that context…] and it is these Mr Skinner and others are using to conduct a sustained campaign [a campaign!!! horror!] against me. I am a gay man engaged in academic research on sexualities [for example on the sexualities of dancers on cruise ships?] .” He added: “I believe that sex should only occur between consenting adults. [Quite a concession, isn’t it? We should be grateful.] In 2011, I signed a letter supporting academic research into paedophilia which I believe is essential in order to keep children safe.”
With renowned academic researchers like this, assuredly we don’t need to worry about the safety of our children, do we?