Urge the President to fire homophobe Jonathan I. Katz

 UPDATE: We won!  The Department of Energy has just released the following statement (Monday 5/17/10, 8pm Eastern):

"Dr. Chu has spoken with dozens of scientists and engineers as part of his work to help find solutions to stop the oil spill. Some of Professor Katz's controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department's efforts."

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New Obama appointee Jonathan I. Katz on the "innocent victims" of AIDS:

"These people died so the sodomites could feel good about themselves."

The Department of Energy has just appointed Jonathan I. Katz, an avowed "proud homophobe" who blames gays (he calls them "sodomites") for AIDS, to an elite scientific panel that is assisting British Petroleum with the oil spill disaster in the Gulf. Won't you please join us in asking President Obama to fire this bigot?

If that weren't enough, Katz is also a climate change denialist:

Who is stoking the alarm about global warming? There is Al Gore, an over-the-hill politician who wants to remain in the public eye. His house uses 20 times as much electricity as the average American house and he flies private jets. Obviously, he does not believe what he preaches; it must be an act. Conservation is for the little people. I'll think about reducing my emissions after he reduces his by 95%. Then there is Jim Hansen, would-be dictator who wants to throw in jail anyone who disagrees with him or burns coal. He may wish himself another Mussolini (or worse), but people just laugh at him. And finally John Holdren, who in his younger days was prophesying disaster from the ice age then just beginning (so he said). Fictitious crises are a demogogue's route to power.... Fortunately, global warming is probably good for humanity. Sit back, relax, and watch it happen.

The oil industry must be licking their chops now that a climate change phobe is on the job.

While we all agree that our country should use all of our best minds to resolve this catastrophe, it is difficult to believe that the Obama administration could not find anyone other than a man who proudly authored an essay titled "In Defense of Homophobia," and who denies the negative impact of climate change.  This man is not, as Energy Secretary Chu recently said, one "of our best scientific minds."  He is a bigot who should not be elevated by the President of the United States as a representative of the best minds in America.

President Obama would never appoint a "proud racist" or a "proud anti-Semite" to a panel of experts, and showcase him as one of the best minds in our country, and he shouldn't appoint a proud homophobe -- or a global warming denialist -- either.  Please use this form to add your name to a public letter asking President Obama to fire Jonathan I. Katz.

We expected better.  We expect change.

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to urge that you immediately fire avowed "proud homophobe" Jonathan I. Katz from the elite panel looking at the Gulf oil spill disaster. Someone who refers to gays as "sodomites," and blames the LGBT community for AIDS, has no place in a Democratic administration that promises "change."

As you know, the Department of Energy recently appointed Jonathan I. Katz to an elite scientific panel that is assisting British Petroleum with the oil spill disaster in the Gulf. While we all agree that our country should use our best minds to resolve this catastrophe, it is difficult to understand why your administration would embrace a man who proudly authored an essay titled "In Defense of Homophobia." In the essay, Katz had this to say about what he called "the innocent victims" of AIDS:
"These people died so the sodomites could feel good about themselves."
Anyone who speaks like this is not, as Energy Secretary Chu recently said of Katz, one "of our best scientific minds." He is a bigot who should not be elevated by the President of the United States as a representative of the best our country has to offer.

President Obama, you would never appoint a "proud racist" or a "proud anti-Semite" to a panel of elite experts, and you should not accept the appointment of a proud homophobe either. Please fire Jonathan I. Katz.

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