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First things first. Laura Schlessinger is neither a physician nor does she hold a PhD in her chosen profession. Therefore, she shouldn't be calling herself "doctor."
And talk about preachy. Hey, lady—we've seen your self-rightous snatch and we're not impressed. Drop the fake "Doctor" title, get back in the kitchen and leave the poor homosexual community alone. You can replace your show with a Markov chain robot and nobody would fucking know the difference.
Laura got snagged for having fake guests on her short-lived TV show. One of her staffers, named San-D Duchac, made guest appearances in two consecutive episodes having different topics.
"Dr" Laura is not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist. Her doctorate is in Physiology only. She is also a licensed MFCC (Marriage, Family, Child Counselor) but not a psychologist. This has been a great misconception of Laura Schlessinger which she has in many ways been willing to perpetuate and exploit. Even in her TV listings she is being called a Psychotherapist, which is totally inaccurate.
MM: You spoke earlier of being a poster girl. Is it true you have a framed picture of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor from The Terminator?
SCHLESSINGER: Connor's my hero. I told my trainer, "I want to look like her." I also like the way she's there to protect her son and the world. She's strong, she's passionate, she fights for right. My dream is for Arnold Schwarzenegger to ask me to play her in Terminator 3. The only other role I'd want to play is Ripley in the first Alien—minus that little underwear scene at the end.
"I have a background that would curl your hair."
"If you're gay or lesbian, it's a biological error that inhibits you from relating normally to the opposite sex. The fact that you are intelligent, creative and valuable is all true. The error is in your inability to relate sexually intimately, in a loving way to a member of the opposite sex."
"When an individual is not drawn to a member of the opposite sex, in biology that's called an error."
"Feminism today has become something very strange. The proof of the pudding is that I'm not on the cover of Ms. magazine. I am educated, accomplished, married; my family is first, yet I've still managed to do important things in the world. I should be the poster girl for the feminist movement!"
"My perspective of the biology of homosexuality is informed by a Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University," said Schlessinger in May 2000 after a broadcast ethics organization condemned her show. "This degree entitles me to state the obvious: Homosexuality is a deviation from the biological norm of heterosexuality. Further, as an Orthodox Jew, I believe that same-sex sexual behavior is incompatible with Biblical scripture."
TAE: The runaway success of pictures such as Toy Story, Shrek, Monsters, Inc., and The Rookie show that when Hollywood wants to, the industry can turn out smart, popular entertainment that's also morally wholesome. Why don't they do it more often?
SCHLESSINGER: Their impulse to spread vulgarity, violence, and mayhem can often be even greater than their interest in making money.
TAE: I've read that you didn't always lead the kind of life you now advocate.
SCHLESSINGER: Don't believe everything you read. I was never far off from what I now advocate. Any little experimentation I did took about a year and a half out of a life that's 55 years old. That gets exaggerated and taken out of context in order to shoot the messenger.
|16 Jan 1947
||Laura Schlessinger born, Brooklyn NY.
||Laura Schlessinger converts to Orthodox Judaism.
|5 Mar 1997
||Laura Schlessinger gives a speech in Dallas before 1,200 fans who paid $190 each. The audience, mostly Reform Jews, take great offense at her bitchy and condescending demeanor. One attendee later says: "She was nasty, arrogant and insulting. Her remarks were disgusting. She was putting down everyone in that audience."
|18 Jan 1998
||Los Angeles Times Magazine runs an interview with Laura Schlessinger in which she proclaims "I am a prophet." Later, she denies ever having said it.
|19 Oct 1998
||The ClubLove website posts nude photos of irritating radio personality "Dr." Laura Schlessinger. At first, Schlessinger denies the pictures are of her, but then inexplicably files a copyright infringement suit against IEG, publisher of the site. In doing so, Schlessinger tacitly admits the authenticity of the nudie pictures, which includes a "money shot." Ultimately, IEG prevails, and the photos remain on the site. Dr. Laura's radio show consists of a prudish, moralistic and religious advice show, making this whole episode highly amusing.
|8 Dec 1998
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger declares: "I'm sorry—hear it one more time, perfectly clearly: If you're gay or a lesbian, it's a biological error that inhibits you from relating normally to the opposite sex. The fact that you are intelligent, creative and valuable is all true. The error is in your inability to relate sexually intimately, in a loving way to a member of the opposite sex -- it is a biological error."
|16 Apr 1999
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger declares: "The gay culture? I'm trying to understand, what is that? I remember the '70s and '80s that the line was that this is only about sex, it's not about anything else, right? So what's the gay culture? Is that where we get into the promiscuity and the pedophilia? Or are these just regulation human beings, who somehow have an error in their sexual orientation but otherwise are seriously regulation human beings? I'm confused. First I'm told for 20 years that its only about sex. Now Im told it's a whole culture. So what's in the culture? What is it? If it's just about sex, then the culture must only be about sex. Otherwise youre American culture. But listen to this. 'They presented a slide show, Friday, during the school's popular culture assembly which also features dances from Polynesian, African and Latin countries.' That's culture. Sexual deviations are not culture. They're sexual deviations."
|10 Jun 1999
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger declares: "The debate over gay rights. Rights. Rights? For sexual deviancy, sexual behavior, there are now rights. That's what I am worried about with the pedophilia, the bestiality and the sado-masochism. Is this all going to be rights too? To deviant sexual behavior. It is deviant sexual behavior. Why does deviant sexual behavior get rights? I don't understand that..."
|13 Aug 1999
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger declares: "It goes on and says 'Pedophilia and child molestation have zero to do with being gay, homosexual orientation' and that's not true. That is not true. How many letters have I read on the air from gay men who acknowledge that a huge portion of the male homosexual populace is predatory on young boys?"
|13 Aug 1999
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger declares: "When we have the word homosexual, we are clarifying the dysfunction, the deviancy, the reality. We change it to the word gay, it makes it more difficult to pinpoint the truth. So one of the things that the homosexual agenda did was to change the name. Just like somebody complained to me yesterday about ethnic cleansing, that it sounds like washing machine as opposed to murder. They were right. Ethnic cleansing sounds nice. Murder is the truth, homosexuality is the truth. Gay isn't."
|24 Aug 1999
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger declares: "I have never called homosexuals biological mistakes. I have said the sexual orientation is clearly an error. With penises and vaginas we were meant for heterosexual sexual acting out in order to procreate the species. I mean that is just irrefutable. But she is outright lying by distortion. There are different ways to lie. This one is by distortion and misrepresentation. I have never called homosexuals errors. I have called the sexuality an error. ... I want you to know that Joan Garry completely misrepresented my presentation. I have never called a people an error. I have called the sexuality, orientation, an error. And I think that is irrefutable and obvious. Its dysfunctional, its deviant. According to religion it is not moral. But biologically it is clearly an error."
|16 Feb 2000
||Laura Schlessinger is quoted by the New York Post as saying, "I call homosexual practices deviant."
|24 Feb 2000
||Laura Schlessinger is quoted by the San Francisco Examiner as saying, "Unless I have hallucinated, I have never made an anti-gay commentary. I have made anti-gay-activist-agenda commentaries."
|3 May 2000
||On Larry King Live, Laura Schlessinger declares: "I think its downright criminal and immoral for any woman to decide—no matter how loving and how nurturing she is—that she is going to intentionally bring a child in the world with no father. It's wrong... It's like having a pet."
|13 May 2000
||"The well-funded and well-connected homosexual activist movement has become the McCarthyism of the 21st century."
|15 Aug 2000
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger clarifies her 'biological error' statement: "What I did say is that when an individual is not so drawn to a member of the opposite sex, in biology that's some kind of error."
|15 Jun 2000
||PBS television's The Newshour with Jim Lehrer runs a segment on Laura Schlessinger, in which she declares: "Of course a society should discriminate. Of course it should. It should discriminate against certain behaviors. And man-on-man and woman-on-woman sexual activity is a deviant sexual orientation—does not promote any of the values set forth Biblically."
|25 Jun 2000
||Laura Schlessinger is quoted by the New York Post as saying, "Not being able to relate normally to a member of the opposite sex is some kind of error. I do not see that as insulting at all. It is a statement of biological fact. ... I regret that my words were taken out of context, distorted and lied about so people were hurt from the lies."
|13 Sep 2000
||Laura Schlessinger's syndicated TV show, Dr. Laura, debuts.
|25 Sep 2000
||Dr. Laura TV show staffer San-D Duchac appears in disguise as a guest.
|11 Oct 2000
||Laura Schlessinger runs a full-page ad in the Gay Hollywood edition of Daily Variety, apologizing for her "poorly chosen" statements concerning homosexuality. "I deeply regret the hurt this situation has caused the gay and lesbian community."
||Laura Schlessinger's syndicated TV show, Dr. Laura, is cancelled.
|6 May 2003
||At a community prayer breakfast in Battle Creek, Michigan, Laura Schlessinger reveals to the audience: "I wasn't going to say this, but last night I spoke with my sister for the first time in 20 years. I want you to know that I have given my kid the home my sister and I did not have. But now, I will be a sister again and an aunt and my son will have cousins."
|5 Aug 2003
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger renounces her Judaism. "My identifying with this entity and my fulfilling the rituals, et cetera, of the entity—that has ended." Schlessinger had publicly converted to the religion nine years before.
|17 Nov 2003
||On her daily radio show, Laura Schlessinger tells a caller: "I am so sick and tired of all the Arab-American groups whining and complaining about some kind of treatment... What culture and what religion were all the murderers of 9/11? They murdered us."
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