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Anti-gay activist: Tyler Clementi killed himself because he was raped by gay pedophiles

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez believes that Tyler Clementi – the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate secretly recorded video of him kissing another man – actually killed himself because he was raped by gay pedophiles when he was a teenager.

Tyler Clementi

In a July 6 column for American Thinker, Lopez argued that society’s acceptance of homosexuality has resulted in the widespread sexual abuse of children by gay men.

Lopez – who himself was raised by a same-sex couple – cites various examples to further the myth that gay men are more likely to engage in the sexual abuse of children than heterosexuals.

Lopez’s column is a nightmare of disgustingly homophobic propaganda. Here are just a few of his most egregious comments:

Tyler Clementi killed himself because he was raped by older gay men as a teenager:

When Tyler Clementi committed suicide at the age of eighteen in September 2010, there was a torrent of sympathetic coverage that blamed homophobia.

Clementi had a sexual affair with “M.B.,” a man who was thirty, whom he met over the internet.

[…]

Clementi had so much experience with online hookups that he must have started them prior to turning eighteen. When he was a minor, it’s probable that he had liaisons with men who were older than eighteen and committing statutory rape. Seen through this lens, society failed not in fostering homophobia, but rather in allowing a culture of abuse to flourish online.

Lopez also alleges:

  • Child molesters use accusations of homophobia to “deflect suspicion” about sexual abuse;
  • Gay rights have helped “repulsive creeps playing the victim to get away with rape and slavery”
  • The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has led to an increase in gay rape in the military

Lopez is a close ally of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). In March, he was scheduled to speak at NOM’s anti-equality rally outside of the Supreme Court. His writing frequently appears on NOM’s blog. NOM has called Lopez a “hero,” touted his “excellent” testimony against marriage equality in Minnesota, and asked supporters to pray for him during his efforts to fight marriage equality.  NOM has also repeatedly relied on Lopez’s testimony about being raised by a lesbian couple to argue against same-sex parenting.

NOM’s allies have peddled this kind of extreme anti-gay hate speech before. A July 3 blog post by NOM’s Ruth Institute similarly promoted the claim that pedophiles would use gay marriage as a “cover” to acquire children for sexual abuse.

And in February, NOM’s Jennifer Morse suggested that Clementi may have killed himself because he was exploited by a much older man. The Clementi family called on Morse to apologize for her comments, and she was eventually forced to clarify her remarks.

Read more excerpts from Lopez’s article at Equality Matters.

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112 more reader comments:

  1. Oh no. No no no no no. NO.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:13am
  2. Being gay and being a child molester aren´t the same. I don´t understand how anybody thinks homosexuality and pedophilia are in any way related.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:15am
  3. Somewhere around 90-95% of pedophiles are straight. Incidentally, that´s about the same rate of heterosexuality in the general populous.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:16am
  4. -_- your kidding me right?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:16am
  5. …why would anyone destroy someone´s name like this after they´ve died… what a horrible horrible person he is.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:16am
  6. So damn sad

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:16am
  7. Messy

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:17am
  8. I guess he told an Anti-Gay activist this? You are hung up on tormenting gay people it seems. Why don´t you just take care of your own numerous problems Mr. Lopez?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:17am
  9. I just threw up a a little in my mouth.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:17am
  10. Talk about a highly outdated stereotype.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:17am
  11. Who cares what this moron spews, and who is going to listen to him anyways? More ignoramus´s just like himself who have no desire to encompass the LBGTQ society with any respect anyways- so don´t give the idiot anymore press!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:18am
  12. “Anti gay activist”. Need I say more?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:18am
  13. Unbelievable

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:18am
  14. people like that really need to be educated on abuse and pedophila smh

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:18am
  15. -_- *facepalm* another bigoted asshole who should just put his foot in his mouth and piss off.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:19am
  16. fucking iiots

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:19am
  17. idiots*

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:19am
  18. that not good

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:19am
  19. So so sad….

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:19am
  20. Breaks my heart…

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:20am
  21. i´m a certainly not in the mood today for someone like this! to twist in such a deviant way the truth of this terrible event is beyond comprehension & way out of bounds of civility. to defile the deceased is disgusting. there should be a crime for “raping” the facts and memory of the dead. wasn´t once enough in humiliating the victim?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:20am
  22. What a sick human being. Without a shred of evidence you´re going to destroy a persons reputation after their death just to deflect blame off of yourself and the hatred you promote.

    Sadly, I bet your parents still love you even though you´re a hateful bigot. Too bad you wouldn´t love your children if they turned out gay.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:20am
  23. Oscar Robert Lopez = EL DOUCHBAG

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:21am
  24. :( Horrible!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:21am
  25. Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:21am
  26. Oscar Lopez needs to STFU forever.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:22am
  27. Sad. just Disgustingly sad!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:22am
  28. Talk about shifting the blame!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:24am
  29. Most pedophiles are Straight. Would actually love to see the scientific # study of gay men who have ever abused a child. Bet it´s next to zero!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:25am
  30. May Mr Lopez die alone.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:25am
  31. Tommy, you are the ignorant one for thinking that this single act reflects the behaviors of the entire gay community.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:25am
  32. What a piece of shit

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:26am
  33. Tommy you are clearly misguided. Check your straight privilege at the door and get a clue.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:26am
  34. Hey Tommy, you know you are a lying sack of GOP whoredom right?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:26am
  35. Well Tommy it is hurtful to say those things and they are not stright-bashing sir. I mean I could bring up facts such as most pedophiles are “straight” but that would seem low. You´ re choosing to feel offended sir and unless you yourself are a pedophile you have no reason to feel offended. Can you dig it?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:26am
  36. what a load of crap! Pedophiles and rapists don´t qualify as “gay”

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:26am
  37. My guess is that Lopez either A) has issues with his mothers for some reason, or B) maybe was abused himself? It just seems odd to me, even after being raised by a lesbian couple that he could be so hateful.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:28am
  38. I can´t believe people are still so ignorant. Pedophile and gay are NOT THE SAME THING!!! Now that I´ve put that in all caps I´m sure there will be no more misunderstanding….. smh….

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:28am
  39. Robert Lopez sounds allergic to facts. What a waste of oxygen.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:29am
  40. I got 2 things
    1, Robert Oscar Lopez is gonna rot in Hell
    2, they actually did a study and they found that most pedophiles and rapists are heterosexuals. Only a very few were homosexuals.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:29am
  41. ” it’s probable ” = I´ma make up some shit

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:31am
  42. … doubt they were gay, I think they were just pedophiles..

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:32am
  43. Can people who associate this with every gay person be shot already?

    God the stupidity…

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:33am
  44. Er what?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:34am
  45. HEART BREAKING.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:36am
  46. Yeah, then the Catholic Priests are homosexuals and all those pastors who engage in secret MM sex are gay too.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:39am
  47. I will now and forever refer to anyone associated with NOM a NOMster.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:40am
  48. I wonder if Robert Oscar Lopez´s two moms are proud of their son? Lopez is a jackass…and no better than the assholes at Westboro Baptist Church!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:40am
  49. Well thank god he is out of the picture, fucking loser homophobe

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:40am
  50. :( sad

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:41am
  51. Lopez is lying about his dead mother and neither her partner nor his siblings have been on the record saying anything.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:42am
  52. This makes me so sad. This kid took his own life and now the media is twisting it anyway they can for another buck.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:44am
  53. I think people need to let Tyler rest in peace and not use him for some ridiculous agenda.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:46am
  54. My heart breaks for Tyler´s family…it´s hard enough and traumatizing to try and cope with the suicide of a loved one- Especially your child or relative.
    This is a disgusting piece of fiction which spits at his memory.
    I hope his soul is at peace <3

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:50am
  55. Young man, tryin to come to terms with being gay, recorded and outed to the world by anti-gay @€#%, suddenly is forced to see the world through a set of eyes that usually take time to grow into. The young mans privacy was raped, his life put on display for all those who hate. May he rest in peace. May the stones of folks like Lopez come back on their throwers.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:51am
  56. Lopez needs to kill himself!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:52am
  57. So sad

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:54am
  58. yet another christian trash pile without a clue to reality

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:56am
  59. I hope Clementi´s parents go after this guy BIG TIME.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:56am
  60. Reality is that most perpetrators of sexual abuse of children, both male and female, are straight males!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:57am
  61. :c Maybe he was afraid of anti-gay activists passing judgement over this video?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:01am
  62. Some day people are going to get tired of these god damn christians and things are going to get violent. You can only harass people for so long before people fight back… It´s been thousands of years of nothing but hatred and force from these people.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:05am
  63. The nuts keep coming out!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:12am
  64. SHAME ON LOPEZ! SHAME!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:13am
  65. And pedophilia is a broad range term usually used by law enforcement.
    In the psychological field it is only referring to people sexually attracted to prepubescent children. Their are numerous names for the disorder for those who are attracted to different age groups.
    But for legal purposes-we will just use the term Pedophile. That means a person who is sexually attracted to children.
    Gender is not a factor. As some with this illness have a preference and some do not, but it is not about attraction to men or women…male or female. It is purely classified as sexual attraction to children.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:13am
  66. I hope the parents sue for libel!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:16am
  67. I hope his family sues the fuck out of that sick homophobe.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:30am
  68. to think he,s a gay but he can´t come out from the closet….so he did it,,,

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:34am
  69. Really? Shut the F up douche

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:42am
  70. Kid killed himself because of his douche roomie outing him by putting his first (?) maybe sexual experience on the internet as a joke. You suck at life and deserve to kill yourself more than he did

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:43am
  71. Another f*n idiot!! Why can´t these idiots educate themselves about homophobia and its effects…

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:50am
  72. no such thing as a gay pedophile, it isnt orientation in any direction that causes someone to turn a child into an object

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:52am
  73. he was just a crazy person just like the boatloads of fans he had. He´s dead now move on

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:52am
  74. most pedophiles are heterosexual white men. see the research available on that subject. this was very disturbing to read.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:52am
  75. SOUNDS TO ME & I HATE TO SAY IT HE KILLED HIMSELF FOR BEING FOUND OUT????!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:04am
  76. thats laughable. statistically speaking a vast majority of pedos are straight white men 25-40. i challenge mr. lopez to prove that he was “raped” by his lesbian parents involvement. prove your claims or you sir should face the same penalties anyone else would for falsely accusing someone of something. in this particular case your accusing a whole subset of people who´s only choice was whether they would be honest about themselves or not.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:19am
  77. I thought they were just pedophiles. Whether it was male on male. No matter the combination of gender. A child molester is just that. A monster. Straight pedophile. Now there´s a unicorn! Let´s start using that term.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:22am
  78. These people are being so soul-crushingly stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:24am
  79. HOW DARE HE SAY THAT.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:26am
  80. No, I don´t think, so.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:27am
  81. fact check -98% child rapist r straight .

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:32am
  82. I love that most people who blame gays (instead of the homophobes who believe gays are lesser- and who are probably the actual reason he killed himself) for things like this don´t realize that most pedophiles are or consider themselves straight-even the ones who rape or molest children of their own gender.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:43am
  83. People are such dumb f*ckshits (pardon my French). Let´s start with the fact that these mindless morons don´t even understand what sex crimes are even about. Molestation, rape, and other forms of sexual abuse are almost never about the actual sexual gratification, and are almost always about the perpetrator seeking power over another human being. It´s purely an emotional reason; the abuser feels weak and powerless, and tries to gain back the power by taking control and force of another human being. I can tell you from personal experience: When somebody is abusing another human being (or animal), it´s a complete loss of self-control, and they will pretty much just target whoever is most available and whoever is weakest.
    Amongst the numerous sexually abusive people who have been in my life, I can not tell you one of them who would go through all of the trouble of adopting a child for the sole purpose of abusing them. Sexual predators are just that- “predators”. And the victims of abuse are their “prey”. They “hunt” like any other predator; they will sit an wait and calculate, just waiting for the “prey” to enter their strike zone. They very rarely will rush or blitz the “prey”, because they would be too obvious and never “catch” anything that way.If it´s too much work to “attack”, they will move on to an easier target.
    The fact that these damn homophobes have got this crazy conspiracy theory fabricated just proves how little they have to go on. And this jack*ss is now trying to complicate an already tragic event to pedal this BS story to the rest of the world. It´s disgusting! >:[

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:20am
  84. Why do Anti-gay activist act like they have so much evidence with their made up theories? Robert Oscar Lopez, GROW UP

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:20am
  85. this Lopez is just running his mouth with no real evidence to support his allegations….waste of space

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:49am
  86. Let him rest in peace for crying out loud! Adding crap to his sad story is sick!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:01am
  87. The head line is very misleading. It should say; Anti-gay activist Tyler Clementi killed himself after getting caught kissing another man on tape.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:03am
  88. This is so heart breaking that this organization would use this victim as a poster boy for their vile accusations. I agree with Keli on this one. The humanity that threads us together is so easily torn when this type of blantant falsehood is cast about just to show boat their beliefs and darkened hearts. Sad, sad, sad! There is no other way to put it. Thank you Keli.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:30am
  89. I think he is speculating alot and i think he would do better to let it go and go on with his life. although some of his generalizations have shreds of truth to them , how he is presenting it makes it clear that he does´nt really know what he is talking about.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:41am
  90. Yeah it goes the other way too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHrR9MY6GdM This man interviewed by ABC promoting gay adoption and gay marriage turned out to be a child rapist. In university he was writing papers in support of gay marriage (links on youtube video). What was his agenda for supporting gay marriage? Well now we know.. to rape kids. My dad calls this a big “red flag” for the gay marraige lobby. What do you think. Don´t complain about Australian government news!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:45am
  91. What a load of bull

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:45am
  92. Oscar Lopez needs to die!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:56am
  93. Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:03am
  94. And another article with some worthwhile data. Bookmark these to use when people claim a correlation between homosexuality and paedophilia.

    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/Articles/000,002.htm

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:05am
  95. They really need to stop this. We should be so over this by now, and leave people alone! Maybe the two incidents have nothing to do with each other? Maybe he didn´t feel comfortable with counseling?

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:33am
  96. This is just SICK.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:40am
  97. More homophobic GOP bullshit!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:09pm
  98. He kissed another man and he liked it. Did anyone ever stop and think that maybe he killed himself cause some people can´t live with the truth about who they really are because of the constant bullshit that is drilled into their heads that being anything other thing besides a STRAIGHT WHITE MALE IS WRONG!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:31pm
  99. IDIOT

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:43pm
  100. It´s time to stop publicizing the crap that homophobes give the media. AND holding the media accountable. This is the sort of thing that GLAAD should be taking on. GLAAD needs to take a lesson from the Anti-Defamation Lleague.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:02pm
  101. damn

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:39pm
  102. Some people are just so beyond monstrous that they think nothing of defaming someone after their death! That anti-gay activist is just too ridiculous to be believed!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:42pm
  103. It is sounding like the activist wants to blame something besides a bully.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:44pm
  104. this guy is and idiot and uninformed!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:48pm
  105. stupid

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:09pm
  106. gawd- it is no more likely that a gay man would molest a young boy than a straight man molesting a young girl. Pedophiles are pedophiles, -and homosexuality doesn´t ADD “bonus points” to being a pedophile.
    The kid killed himself because he couldn´t deal with the backlash that would come from the video that was made of him. He didn´t know how to make sense of his situation because his true sexuality has been condemned by so many, and he felt he had to hide it- that kind of psychology fucks people up.
    If you´re looking to blame someone for Tyler´s death & suicide- blame the activist groups like NOM who spout hate speech at people like Tyler. The kid didn´t know how to deal. If he was told he was Loved, rather than Hated- maybe he´d be alive today.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:35pm
  107. How is it that child molester and gay are confused? Seems to me that religious straight men are most often the perpetrators of these crimes.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:09pm
  108. Here we go again..Indignifying Tyler Clementi after his death is despicable. It is a known scientific fact the Anti-gay activist is repressing his homosexual desires and wishes…they out themselves with every hateful word.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:45pm
  109. What a sick, morbid, and heartless thing to say!! R.I.P. Tyler Clementi.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:06pm
  110. Lopez is one sick fuck.

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:05pm
  111. I cant believe someone who was raised by a same-sex couple would end up like that…wow

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:14pm
  112. What a TOTAL dickhead!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 1:54pm