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This morning while reading the comments in a diary about what happened in Texas last night - I saw people mentioning ALEC and trying to connect the dots for others that there was a connection between ALEC and the war on women legislation we are seeing play out in legislatures across the United States.

There is.

But some may not be aware of the connection - so I am republishing an edited and very slightly modified version of a much longer diary I posted 18 months ago.

In 2004, ALEC released an article to their (at that time) over 2,400+ members which was misleadingly named - yet was foreboding of what was to come:  Restoring Legal Protections for Women and Children

At the end of the article there was this statement:

From the first presentation to the ALEC Education Task Force of the Kinsey fraud in 1999 to the final vote at the 2003 ALEC Summit meeting, it has been a pleasure working to make this State Factor a reality. I was honored to serve as the Junk Science sub-committee Chair on this very important project. The evidence herein speaks for itself, documenting the reckless, imprudent decades-long use of fraudulent "sex science" data to cripple the sex laws and public policies that had served our nation so well until they were deftly subverted by a cadre of legal revolutionaries. It is hoped that this State Factor will serve legislators all over the nation by providing a factual history of how the Kinsey frauds came to dictate school sex education and our sex laws nationwide.
Senator Kay O'Connor Chair of the Subcommittee on Junk Science
Note this:
From the first presentation to the ALEC Education Task Force of the Kinsey fraud in 1999 to the final vote at the 2003 ALEC Summit meeting,
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
It was on their radar and being worked on for five years.
œhow the Kinsey frauds came to dictate school sex education and our sex laws nationwide
And ALEC'™s desired response to this ALEC article?

As stated in the article, by the former national ALEC Chair, Ray Haynes of California

œAs Kinsey intended, contemplated in the current debate are calls for discrimination laws to protect the full range of sexual activities including transvestitism, transgenderism, polygamy, bestiality and the like and, in education, whether to teach our children all alternate sexual acts as normal - or to teach Chastity and Abstinence until marriage.

œOnly if enough legislators call attention to Kinsey's questionable findings, can we start to reverse the misguided assault on American law and way of life through investigation, inquiries and repeal of laws and public policies based on œjunk science

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repeal of laws and public policies based on junk science
History
In the late 1940's, yeh you heard me right, 1940's Alfred Kinsey published his very controversial reports on sexuality.  Most of you have probably never heard of Kinsey, some of you have.  As a child of the 60'™s we listened to people talk about Kinsey'™s report some of the children of the 60'™s actually discussed ad nausea, Kinsey'™s report.  His report was very controversial, but it was a topic of some pretty heated conversations.

But, in 2013, we seldom mention Kinsey or his report.  But ALEC was obsessed with his report in 1999 - 2003, and still is.

Jump forward to late 1990'™s
ALEC was not a female-policy friendly organization.

In 1999 ALEC put together a task force that dealt with junk science. That task force included:

The ALEC Education Task Force members who served on the Subcommittee on Junk Science are:
     Senator Kay O'Connor (KS) Chair
     Rep. Keith King (CO)
     Senator Laurie Bleaker (KS)
     Del. Janet Greenip (MD)
     Rep. Carolyn Coleman (OK)
     Rep. Andre Martel (NH)
     Del. John Reid (VA)
     Senator Jack Westwood (KY)

     Dr. Judith A. Reisman, Scientific Advisor to the Subcommittee on Junk Science.

     Dr. Linda Jeffrey was the State Factor'™s Chief Author for
     Restoring Legal Protections for Women and Children: A Historical
     Analysis of the States Criminal Codes.

A Little Bit About the non-ALECers in this bunch of people
Linda Jeffreys has historically had only one main affiliation and that is RSVP America which holds that the Kinsey report has led to moral decay and rampant sexuality.  Jeffrey'™s has also been affiliated with Concerned Women for America, another religious right organization.
Jeffreys is a right-wing, ultraconservative, extremist - but she is who ALEC specifically chose to work on the report.

Dr. Judith Reisman is an outspoken academician who has spent her entire life writing about Kinsey'™s report, testifying before the Supreme Court and Congress on the Kinsey report and how it was bad science.  It is her life'™s work - to discredit the Kinsey report. She has made statements such as 'œone Kinsey pedophile collaborator was a former WW II Nazi officer's.
Yes, Reisman is a nutjob - but she is who ALEC specifically chose to work on the report.

In a 2004 article about Reisman's work with ALEC on the misleadingly named article named "Restoring Legal Protections for Women and Children" it was noted:  

His [Kinsey's] influence can be seen today in the calls for "discrimination" laws to protect the full range of sexual activities including transvestitism, transgenderism, polygamy and bestiality. Also,it [Kinsey's data] influences the debate in education over whether to teach our children all "alternate" sexual acts as normal, or to teach chastity and abstinence until marriage.
The ALEC Report
I refuse to go into it too deeply because I refuse to publish their archaic and myopic thinking but you can read it as linked in this entry (multiple times, different sources).

ALEC distributed this report to all of their (then) over 2,400 state legislators and to their Congressional Alumni in the form of a document known as the State Factor issued in 2004.  This report is part of the myopic, archaic, ideologically biased education your ALEC legislator receives from ALEC.

I also want to remind you from earlier in this diary that this report was the culmination of a four to five year process of - The ALEC Education Task Force members who served on the Subcommittee on Junk Science

The conclusions made from the report were basically:

The Kinsey Report was junk science.  A lot of academicians would agree with that but they wouldn'™t take it to the ideological extremes of the ALEC report' -  roll back anything and everything that we even remotely think was influenced by the Kinsey report.

Laws since the Kinsey report have been based solely on the junk science in the Kinsey report and should be abolished.

The increase in sexual crimes reported is directly related to aberrant behavior perpetrated by the Kinsey Report.

Any type of sex education that has been developed has used the junk science of the Kinsey report and thus should be abolished.  In correlation to that they introduced the following resolution:  Resolution on Non-Verified Science Curriculum Funding:
This legislation is established that the state legislature will no longer fund curricula and textbooks that present science that promotes and advocates for or against only one side of the issue.

Yes, ALEC and the people on the task force believed that everything that is going on today, as far as sexuality is concerned, is aberrant behavior and the result of Kinsey controversial social science studies done in the late 40'™s.  With that conclusion being drawn, then ALEC LEGISLATORS and TWO RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS decided everything in the field of sexuality is corrupted because Kinsey'™s report was œjunk science and THEY decided everything that ALEC can link to the Kinsey report has to be destroyed.

So what needs to be destroyed?
So the question needs to be asked and answered œ
What are ALEC legislators and ALEC congressional alumni targeti in relation to suggestions made in the ALEC report that concludes (based on a right-wing ultra-conservative bias) the Kinsey report is junk science?  

As the ALEC report states;  

The plans legal revolutionaries made and acted upon overturned or trivialized 52 designated laws protective of women and children, aided and enabled by the indispensable sex science of the Kinsey Reports.  Over the past fifty years, our sex and reproduction laws have been deconstructed on the basis of a fraudulent set of data.
Linda Jeffries stated in an article after the publication of the ALEC report:  
The American Legislative Exchange Council has recommended a recall of laws and public policy based on the Kinsey Reports junk science. It is a call that reaches deeply into the altered foundations of our American Republic.
This basically comes down to the following:  ANY Law from 1950 to present that even mentions the Kinsey report as supporting documentation or had anyone who testified about the law that mentioned the Kinsey report has got to go per ALEC.

The ALEC article specifically takes focus on sex education and devotes a great deal of time to:

SIECUS

Since 1964, the Sex Education and Information Council of the United States (SIECUS) has provided sex education materials to public schools. SIECUS is dependent upon Indiana University'™s Kinsey Reports, including the scientific tables documenting the Kinsey protocol
And

AASECT

Just as SIECUS was founded to promote Kinseyan sex education to school children in 1964, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) was created in 1967 to train and accredit educators, health personnel and other œhelping professionals in the area of human sexuality based on the Kinsey findings.
Concluding that
abstinence programs calling for modesty and saving sex until marriage guarantee taxpayers a major reduction in costly post-Kinsey disease and dysfunction.
During an interview, Judith Resiman may have let a cat out of the bag that ALEC never intended public (from the secret work of the task force):  
Planned Parenthood
Judith Reisman: We certainly are calling for, at last, a congressional investigation. ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) has called for states to hold an immediate investigation of Kinsey's influence, to end funding of all groups that are grounded in Kinsey's work, including Planned Parenthood and SIECUS. The most important thing is to educate both the law courts and the court of public opinion, that we've been conned, tricked and manipulated by a corrupt man, a corrupt institute, and a corrupt field of "sexology" with its offshoots - or we'll never survive.
Now you have to figure that if sex education and Planned Parenthood were on ALEC'™s radar for destruction that a big old bulls-eye also had to be placed on another issue - abortion.  Especially when you consider that the State Factor's Chief Author for Restoring Legal Protections for Women and Children was:
Linda Jeffreys: has historically had only one main affiliation and that is RSVP America which holds that the Kinsey report has led to moral decay and rampant sexuality.  
From an excerpt taken from a document entitled Scientific Fraud at the Heart of Roe v. Wade: Kinsey's Abortion Legacy published by Linda Jeffreys and Colonel Ronald D. Ray of RSVP America:
Roe v. Wade cites to the 1959 Draft of the ALI Model Penal Code, another Rockefeller funded project. This MPC draft cites to both Calderone'™s 1955 conference proceedings and the Kinsey Institute third volume, both published in 1958. Alan Guttmacher, who presented his data on therapeutic abortion at the Planned Parenthood conference, was taken to the ALI meeting by his twin brother, MPC Advisor, Psychiatrist Manfred Guttmacher, whose considerable influence on the MPC is recorded in the published correspondence between him and chief MPC author Herbert Wechsler. Said the ALI-MPC's psychiatrist, Guttmacher:" Kinsey's findings were the points by which we steered. The debt that society will owe to Kinsey and his co-workers for their researches on sexual behavior will be immeasurable.
The ALEC article spends almost five pages discusses the ALI Model Penal Code.

The report by Jeffreys and Ray goes on to state:

The third volume of the Kinsey Institute, Pregnancy, Birth, and Abortion, continues its influence today from the abortion mills of Planned Parenthood, to the indoctrination of our children through sex education based on fraud. The American Legislative Exchange Council has recommended a recall of laws and public policy based on the Kinsey Reports junk science. It is a call that reaches deeply into the altered foundations of our American Republic.
NOTE:  They don'™t say ALEC wants recall of laws and public policy only on Planned Parenthood and sex education also note that abortion was the focus of this paper - their statement about ALEC includes the issue of abortion as well.  That is their paragraph. not mine.

And then there is this
Reisman has her own "œin your face" Kinsey agenda which may have caused her problems with ALEC, especially when she made statements like this in an article published in 2004.

Judith Reisman, the scientific adviser to the [ALEC] Subcommittee on Junk Science for the project, notes that the ALEC article villifies Kinsey'™s junk science" as the "unquestioned foundation for all the legal, legislative and media debate on marriage and civil unions."

Reisman also notes (her caps, not mine):

AN ANONYMOUS ALEC STAFFER DELETED A SENTENCE PUBLICIZING THE EFFECTS OF KINSEY'S FRAUD ON THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE DEBATE FROM HAYNES' INTRODUCTION
Reisman doesn'™t stop there, she goes on to contend that ALEC doctored the report before publishing it.
Another entire paragraph was missing on the effect of Kinsey'™s fraud on the debate about homosexuality in legislatures nationwide, ”and the statement that these bogus data were cited by the US Supreme Court to normalize sodomy in the Lawrence decision in 2003:
The ALI Model Penal Code Reporters cite Kinsey's junk science claiming that in 1955, 72% of males experiment with mouth-genital contact, 40 to 50% of farm boys have animal contact, and 37% of the total male population has at least some overt homosexual experience to the point of orgasm between adolescence and old age. This accounts for nearly 2 males out of every 5 that one may meet.

 In spite of its reliance on junk science, this section of the Model Penal Code was cited favorably by the Supreme Court to normalize sodomy on June 26, 2003. (p. 11)

The ALEC article spends almost five pages discusses the ALI Model Penal Code.

Reisman concludes (her caps, not mine):

NONETHELESS, THE MONOGRAPH IS A POWERFUL DOCUMENT WITH LEGISLATIVE CREDIBILITY AND CLOUT
POWERFUL DOCUMENT WITH LEGISLATIVE CREDIBILITY AND CLOUT

What'™s to be done by ALEC legislators?
One section in the ALEC report notes:

How Should Legislators Respond?  
  ...  Undoing harmful changes to sex education curricula and sex offense laws since each state's penal code revision would be prudent.
And then finally  - finally they reach their crescendo - the conclusion.
They start the conclusion of the ALEC State Factor Report with a quote from The Journal of Law Reform, I will pull only two snips:
By recommending the legalization of fornication, cohabitation, adultery, sodomy, etc., the MPC transformed what were known as œPublic Morals or vice laws into private sexual behaviors between consentingindividuals. The new freedom, œPrivacy, would allow one to be left alone to pursue one'™s one sexual tastes,according to Judge Learned Hand.

The case is strong for real fact-based reform to remove the fraudulent findings of the Kinsey Reports from publicly funded programs, policies, and laws beginning with sex education and criminal law.

"The case is strong for real fact-based reform to remove the fraudulent findings of the Kinsey Reports from publicly funded programs, policies, and laws beginning with sex education and criminal law."

"beginning with sex education and criminal law."
But, where does it eventually end?

And I guess from my perspective the ALEC article is fraudulent findings to further a biased, partisan, ultra-conservative agenda that was grounded in the megalomaniac psychopathology of the man who founded the Moral Majority,Paul Weyrich, and continues today through the actions of right-wing, ultraconservative, extremist ALEC Legislators in every state.

ALEC Annual Meeting
August 7- 9
Chicago Hilton
   Actions planned for all three days
   August 8 - Noon, AFL-CIO rally planned

Please join us to proclaim
The-USA-is-Not-OK-with-ALEC

Originally posted to MNDem999 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 08:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Not familiar with ALEC (4+ / 0-)

    Lots of links and info in the DKos comment for you.

  •  Kinsey (1+ / 0-)
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    Other than pointing out that the report was controversial, you don't really summarize what the report said which is probably necessary if you're to tie anti-Kinsey sentiment to Alec being anti-women's rights?

    •  It would be good to summarize what Kinsey said (9+ / 0-)

      especially since the report is referred to as "junk science" by those referenced in your diary.  It was not junk science, Dr. Kinsey was highly respected.

      I am a little surprised that others haven't heard of the Kinsey report since it was all the buzz when I was a young woman.  At Indiana University in the mid to late 50's, when I was in college, every incoming freshman was required to fill out a lengthy survey for Dr. Kinsey (he worked at Indiana University)

      What was concluded in that survey was that young people were having all kinds of sex that would have been considered deviant at the time.  They experimented, they did things their parents would have been appalled at, but their parents were doing it too.  In other words what we all knew became openly spoken, the shame and taboo went away and people could accept themselves as they were.    

      This is the horror that some still cannot accept.

      •  The Kinsey Institute (8+ / 0-)

        is a huge deal at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana.

        The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For over 60 years, the institute has been a trusted source for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction.
        ALEC and that sort are anti-education.

        Kinsey response to allegations of fraud: rather lengthy and detailed. but....

        Allegations and Controversy, 1995-1998

        More Controversy about Childhood data

        Soon after John Bancroft, M.D., assumed the directorship of The Kinsey Institute in 1995, he was called upon to respond to an allegation by the Family Research Council (FRC) about data on pre-adolescent orgasm that the late Dr. Alfred Kinsey had included 50 years ago in Chapter 5, "Early Sexual Growth and Activity," of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (W.B. Saunders, 1948).

        In the fall of 1995, Rep. Steve Stockman, Galveston, Texas, took up the FRC allegation, circulating a letter on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he asked for support for a bill he had introduced to investigate Dr. Kinsey's research. Stockman alleged that this data was derived from federally funded sexual molestation of children (the so-called "Children of Table 34"). Although Stockman's staff were invited to put any questions to The Kinsey Institute and Indiana University, they declined. Stockman held a press conference December 7, 1995, calling for a congressional hearing. No hearing was held and the bill died. Stockman was defeated in the 1996 election.

        In 1997, Concerned Women for America referred to this allegation in a press release with a renewed call for a Congressional investigation. In January 1998, Indiana State Representative Woody Burton submitted a House Concurrent Resolution to the Indiana General Assembly regarding Kinsey. In August 1998, a British television station produced a program based heavily on these allegations.

        bolding is mine.
  •  ALEC is more than just a war on women (10+ / 0-)

    Stand Your Ground is also brought to you by these fuckers.

    The Florida “Stand Your Ground” law was enacted in 2005 with bipartisan support by Republican-controlled houses of the legislature. The National Rifle Association led the advocacy on behalf of the proposal, arguing that it was needed to provide immunity to gunmen who might use deadly force against unarmed individuals who they imagine to be threatening.

    The “Stand Your Ground” legislation was sponsored by Florida state Representative Dennis Baxley and state Senator Durell Peadon, both Republican ally of Jeb Bush. The governor quickly signed the measure into law—despite explicit and repeated warnings that this law would encourage shootings of innocents like Trayvon Martin. And despite explicit and repeated warnings that people of color and young people would be unreasonably and disproportionately harmed by the law.

    - - - -

    The proposal made a strong impression on ALEC members, who approved model legislation that mirrored the Florida law’s assertion that an individual gunman or a neighborhood watch member “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

    Bolding mine.
  •  What laws specifically are they targeting? (7+ / 0-)

    To get a gauge on their interpretation.
    And this phrase intrigues me:

    were deftly subverted by a cadre of legal revolutionaries
    And they repeat "legal revolutionaries" further down.
    What revolution are they speaking of? The whole latter half of the 20th century? Do they see themselves as the last bastion of a bygone era, much?
    This is when nostalgia has taken a seriously dangerous turn, when pining for a time that never was becomes an obsession with making that world, combined with enough money to make a real mess.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 10:10:04 AM PDT

    •  No specific laws are mentioned in the report (1+ / 0-)
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      But from the conclusion -

      “Normal” human sexuality was metamorphosed into another image, which became indelible, when the American Law Institute delivered The Kinsey Reports junk science (in 1955 Draft #4, “Sexual Offenses,” Section 207 of the Model Penal Code) to the bench and bar in every state.

      Soon, based on the ALI MPC and the Kinsey Reports, the states’ long-settled and fixed common law sexual and reproductive standards were abolished via misinformed legislation and judicial decisions. After the laws were changed, the SIECUS brand of sex education entered schoolrooms to permanently alter Marriage, and the American family.

      I would guess you could take your pick of anything that is mentioned in these paragraphs and as noted above in the diary.  Laws and policy that pertain to sexual and reproductive standards that include: Sex ed, divorce, fornication, adultery, cohabitation, sodomy and anything having to do with the "dismantling" of the progeny of the union and then there would also be - whatever they would determine to be "unnatural acts" or what they would determine to be "normal" human sexuality.
  •  Kinsey movie (5+ / 0-)

    There was a pretty good movie about Kinsey in 2004 starring Liam Neeson, for anyone who would like more background info without getting too scholarly. I certainly knew who he was, and knew about the Masters and Johnson research, when I was a young woman in the 1970s.

  •  Truly Excellent research. (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, Womantrust

    I wish there were a way to keep such diaries handy in some kind of library as reference works that ought to be available permanently.  But, at least one can search for topics like this and there it will be.  

    What an excellent effort at connecting the dots!  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 02:45:28 PM PDT

  •  If I may? (2+ / 0-)
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    I would summarize it this way:

    ALEC sees people other than White Males getting/having rights, and it freaks them out. MUST STOP.

    Kinsey talked about dirty stuff like sex, which should be left in the bedroom, the motel room, the closet, or the rest stop, because having sex with other men "doesn't mean you're gay" especially if you're thinking about your wife the whole time, and wearing diapers while visiting a prostitute is perfectly fine if you're a Saved White Republican Christian Male because you're going to Heaven anyway and you just have to think the words "I believe in Republican Jesus" and you get a free pass. Plus, women aren't supposed to think about or like sex - they're just supposed to "submit in the name of JESUS". Women are dirty, and their dirty parts need to be regulated, lest they start actually thinking about stuff and leaving their "areas" (kitchen, bedroom) or trying to wear shoes and stuff.

    Women, people of color, and "Teh Gayz" should know their places, and stay there.

    And the rich should ALWAYS get richer - plus you get bonus points if you make other "lesser" beings suffer while you make your money.

    I think that mostly covers it.

    It's Sharia Law, adapted for Christianity, with an extra plug for the rich in there.

    "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

    by Diogenes2008 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:41:16 PM PDT

  •  And all along ......... (2+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, Womantrust

    ...... we were led to believe that ALEC was this "libertarian" movement ... why the Brothers Koch even threw a fist full o' dollars to gay groups.

         Guess we were misled, huh?

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:51:27 PM PDT

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