CNS Managing Editor's Gay-Bashing Beat
Michael W. Chapman has spent the past couple of years making sure hatred for LGBTQ people is a key part of CNS' "news" coverage.
By Terry Krepel
Michael W. Chapman
ConWebWatch has previously noted how Chapman has led CNS in lashing out at LGBT people President Biden has nominated to work in his administration like Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine, and he has bashed prominent conservative gathering CPAC and even the Republican Party for not hating LGBT people enough. Let's look at what else he has done over the past couple of years.
The Caitlyn Jenner meltdown
When Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, the transphobic CNS didn't take it well and continued not to do so. A March 2020 article by Chapman, for instance, included a picture of "Bruce Jenner, now imitating a transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner."
When Jenner declared she was running for California governor in that state's 2021 recall election but also running as a Republican and expressing conservative views in the process, the confusion continued, particularly from Chapman.
In a May 2020 article, Chapman was almost giddy that Jenner was spouting right-wing (and CNS) narratives on transgender athletes, yet still made sure to take a shot at Jenner's own identity:
Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender "female" who used to be Bruce Jenner -- an Olympic Gold Medal decathlon winner and one of the most famous athletes in the world -- said that he opposes "biological boys" who are transgender females competing in girls' sports in school because "it just isn't fair."
A couple days later, an article by Chapman repeated his sneering at Jenner's sexual identity while embracing her political stances:
The transgender "woman" Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner, is running for governor of California as a Republican in a runoff election later this year. In a Wednesday interview with conservative Sean Hannity, Jenner said he supports limited government, low taxes, the border wall, the police, and ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
CNS, it seems, may not have quite figured out how to handle a transgender woman who is also a solid conservative. When Jenner ceased being a frontrunner in the race, Chapman and Co. were probably relieved.
Pride Month and more
After Pride Month ended in June 2021 -- in which CNS published numerous anti-LGBT attacks -- Chapman was a little late to the party in calling on his favorite fellow homophobe to say a few words days after the month was over:
In a message noting the end of June's "Gay Pride month," Rev. Franklin Graham said the month was set aside to celebrate what God defines as "sin," and is therefore similar to setting a month aside to celebrate other sins, such as "lying, adultery, or murder." In the Word of God, it is all sin.
Did anyone expect CNS to cap Pride Month any other way?
Chapman huffed in an August 2021 article:
Although Georgetown University is the nation's oldest Catholic institution of higher learning, founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789, it has named transgender "female" Charlotte Clymer, a biological male and transgender activist, to be one of its fall 2021 "Fellows."
Chapman went on to complain that Clymer's talks to Fellows will touch on things like bigotry in America and climate change -- then went on to recite anti-LGBT aspects of Catholic Church canon.
Two days later, Chapman was at it again:
Members of the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) protested outside the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica this month against the flying of an LGBT Pride flag, denouncing the action as an "insult to our country."
Chapman offered no evidence that flying the LGBT flag is a "top priority" for the Biden administration, or that being LGBT is merely a "lifestyle."
Chapman had another meltdown the following month:
Jared Polis, the openly gay Democratic governor of Colorado, "married" his long-time partner, Marlon Reis, in a small Jewish ceremony on Sept. 15. Traditional, orthodox Judaism teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Chapman is so homophobic, he couldn't even find humor in the "Princess Bride" reference in Polis' tweet.
After noting that the ceremony was performed by "a Jungian psychotherapist and a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement," Chapman called on a right-wing Jewish group, the Coalition for Jewish Values, to denounce the "marriage" (his scare quotes, not ours):
Asked for comment about the "marriage," Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), told CNS News that his organization opposes such arrangements because marriage is reserved for a man and a woman.
Chapman concluded by whining, "Polis has a long history of supporting liberal/left causes and voting (in Congress) for their advancement."
Chapman went on to find some more people who share his hatred for LGBT people -- and they're in Africa. So Chapman wrote all about them. He cheered an act of censorship in an October 2021 article:
A documentary film entitled I Am Samuel was banned from being shown or distributed in Kenya because it promotes "same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life," which is in violation of Kenyan laws against homosexuality.
Unsurprisingly, Chapman offered no dissenting views to the country's blatant act of censorship. His endorsement of censorship would seem to run counter to the the agenda of his employer, the Media Research Center, which insists that conservatives are victims of "censorship" on social media.
Near the end of that month, an article by Chapman seemed quite jazzed at the possibility of a different African country jailing people for not being heterosexual:
The Republic of Ghana in West Africa is considering legislation that would strongly punish homosexuality, including prison terms of up to 10 years for people who identify as LGBT, penalties for people who defend them, and prohibitions against the publication of pro-homosexual materials. The legislation is likely to become law, according to various media reports.
Surprisingly, Chapman did mention criticism of the move by human rights groups, but then tried to justify depriving people of their human rights by citing religion and polls of residents:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."
Chapman didn't explain why popular opinion or religious views should take precedence over someone's human rights.
Updated 2022 hate
Chapman's homophobia unsurprisingly spilled into 2022. When Canada's passed a law banning anti-gay conversion therapy, Chapman invoked his fellow homophobes in a Jan. 25 article:
After Canada passed a law banning conversion therapy for people who may want to escape homosexuality, an estimated 4,000 Christian leaders in Canada and the U.S. spoke out on Jan. 16 against the ban, describing it as "totalitarian" and a clear threat to religious freedom.
What Chapman didn't do, of course, is report why conversion therapy was banned: it doesn't work and tends to be harmful to the therapy target. As a less biased news organization pointed out, medical associations around the globe have discredited it, given that it's based on the false premise that sexual orientation and gender identity can or should be "cured."
Chapman offered on explanation for why LGBT people must be turned into heterosexuals -- forcibly if necessary. Instead, he quoted other anti-LGBT pastors ranting about "totalitarianism" and the purported destruction of "Western civilization," and he tossed in his favorite non-Catholic preacher, Franklin Graham, warning of "legal oppression." Chapman closed by quoting anti-gay Bible verses.
Yes, this is what CNS considers to be "news."
In a March 29 article, Chapman cheered his favorite right-wing homophobic minister, Franklin Graham, for helping to advance CNS' war on Ketanji Brown Jackson by endorsing the gotcha question Republicans asked her regarding the definition of a woman: "Where are we going as a nation when a nominee for our highest court will not define what a woman is?" Graham also took a swipe at transgender college swimmer Lia Thomas (whom CNS' parent, the Media Research Center, has repeatedly attacked), and Chapman concluded with a series of cherry-picked Bible verses designed to suggest transgender people are evil and going to hell.
Chapman used an April 19 article to try to shove transgender people back into the closet because they're purportedly not enough of them to be concerned about:
Although many liberal activists and lawmakers, including President Joe Biden, use their influence to promote transgender people throughout society -- see sports, modeling, cable TV, public schools, government, military -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that nearly 1 million people identify as transgender in the U.S., which is 0.3% of the population, or less than 1%.
Chapman then smeared transgender people as filthy disease vectors:
The CDC also reports that in 2019 (latest data available), there were "36,801 total new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. and dependent areas." Among those diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, 671 people were transgender, about 2% of the total diagnoses.
In addition to rehashing his complaint that "Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra had the transgender flag flown outside HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C. ... the first time in U.S. history that the trans flag had been displayed outside a federal building," Chapman also cited right-wing anti-transgender psychiatrist Paul McHugh as well as the anti-LGBT Family Research Council without identifying their anti-LGBT ideology; he did, however, identify the Human Rights Campaign as "pro-LGBTQ."
Chapman spent an April 25 article ranting that Notre Dame refused to hate LGBTQ people as much as he does, claiming the school can't really be Catholic unless it does:
Although the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., is supposed to be a Catholic institution "defined by its Catholic character," it sponsors an LGBTQ+ alumni group that held a campus event this month to honor one of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that legalized "gay marriage." The alumni association also gave an award to South Bend transgender activist Meghan Buell.
Chapman didn't explain where, exactly, it is "Catholic character" to spew hatred at LGBT people as he demands, or why one can only be "faithful" if you spread that hate. And, again, he ended with some Bible verses.
Chapman used a May 10 article to complain that "Chicago's Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a lesbian," argued that the then-imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade, as made clear by a leaked draft of the decision, meant that the Supreme Court was coming for LGBT people, making sure to add that "According to Merriam-Webster, a 'call to arms' is 'a summons to engage in active hostilities.'" He added:
The opinion written by Alito -- and reportedly joined by four other justices, making it a court majority opinion -- says nothing about LGBTQ+ persons. However, liberal critics have claimed that if the court overturns Roe v. Wade and sends abortion law back to the states, it could do the same with so-called "gay marriage" and other hot button issues.
Chapman continued to lash out at Catholic institutions for not hating gay people enough. A June 16 article cheered that "The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., issued a decree on June 16 stating that the Nativity School could no longer identify itself as "Catholic" or allow the Mass on its premises because the administration refused to remove gay pride and Black Lives Matter flags from the front of its property. Chapman complained about a church action that didn't even happen in America in a June 20 article:
Although Pope Benedict XVI explained -- as have other Popes and many saints in the Catholic Church -- that "homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation," a 300-member Franciscan order in Germany recently elected an open homosexual as its new leader.
Chapman was back in cheerleader mode in a Sept. 1 article celebrating that "The Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that a Catholic school was within its rights to fire a male teacher who "married" his gay lover -- a same-sex civil union -- explaining that "the government has no business telling Catholic schools how to operate, or interfering with their religious mission," said the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in a press release. " He repeated the usual Catholic doctrine boilerplate that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered" and "contrary to the natural law."
A Dec. 12 article by Chapman weirdly touted a Gallup survey showing that during the COVID pandemic, "heterosexuals (exclusively) scored lower on the stress levels than gays/lesbians (exclusively), bisexuals, and people of 'another sexual identity.'" Chapman did not explain why he felt the need to promote this.