Douche of the Week

Janice Crouse Spreads Dangerous Lies That Should Make You “Concerned”

Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week. Have a nominee for DOTW? E-mail it to us at [email protected].

Where to begin, really?

Our Douche of the Week, Janice Crouse, has held many titles and positions of influence—from a speech writer for President Bush the First to a columnist for UPI—and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank for the so-called Concerned Women for America.

The CWA, by the way, was founded by LaHaye in 1979 as a response to those dangerous bra burners in the National Organization for Women. They oppose abortion, stem-cell research, pornography and HPV vaccinations; believe homosexual sex should be illegal and that most gay bias crimes are fabricated; and have asked for a federal investigation into these allegedly false reports.

Earlier this week we exposed the twisted logic Crouse used in discussing statistics about the LGBT community:


But that’s not the first time she’s been involved in dangerous rhetoric: Crouse verbally attacked gynecologist Dr. George Tiller just two months before he was assassinated in the foyer of his church. In a radio interview she says that Uganda (you know, the country debating a “Kill the Gays” bill) has been “very loving but very firm in saying that homosexuality has been condemned in the Bible.” Crouse also suggests that homosexuality in Uganda is the “worst kind of colonialism,” albeit without mentioning that it was colonialism that brought Christianity to Uganda in the first place.

Concerning President Obama appointing Ellen Degeneres to be the face of a new public AIDS campaign, Crouse said:

She is openly lesbian and obviously is an activist on the issue of homosexual rights and has taken a very active role in pushing the homosexual agenda. So for her to be the person who’s out front and the face of the Obama administration in the whole fight against AIDS I think is inappropriate.

Words lead to actions—and there’s something very harmful about the lies Janice Crouse spreads. Her douchebaggery goes beyond simple-minded idiocy and takes a sinister, almost criminal edge. We’d call her a witch, but seeing as though it’s not the late 1600s, we’ll simply point and dramatically yell,”What a douche!”

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  • Mike in Asheville

    Good choice this week — while this hag was blabbering her bigotry, the CDC reported real statistics about real people. Per the CDC’s report on domestic violence, 25% of adult American women have been the victim of at least one violent assault perpetrated against them by a boyfriend and/or husband.

    Concerned Women for America SHOULD BE concerned about the violence perpetrated against them instead of making up shit about LGBTs. For fuck’s sake women, take control of your lives.

  • christopher di spirito

    One of the nuttiest things this heffa said is (I’m paraphrasing) gays and lesbians do not maintain relationships for longer than a year and a half. She makes makes shit up and is allowed to get away with it.

  • Jonathonz

    If ANY of what she’s saying is true then it’s a good argument FOR societal recognition of same-sex relationships because the support of family members, neighbors and authority figures provide an effective bolster to any relationship. How long would many heterosexual relationships last if they were subjected to the same abuse that LGBT’s have put up with from society-at-large?

  • Jason

    Waiting 1, 2, 3 for some gay Republican to defend this hag.

  • David Ehrenstein

    My lover and I have been together for 38 years.

  • Global Traveler

    I hope she chokes on a chicken wing….

    She is pulling statistics out of her alarmingly more than ample ass. There is so much wrong with this rant that I wouldn’t even know where to start.

    ….or she could get hit by a bus. But considering the damage her considerable bulk would do to the bus and the innocent passengers on board, I’ll stick with the chicken wing.

  • Jeazy Creazy

    The Confused Women For America never cease to be unsurprisingly anti-logic, anti-gay, and just plain uninformed.

    I’m a wholeheartedly feminist woman and every time I see one of their statements they have even me saying “This is why women shouldn’t have jobs.”

  • Scott Rose

    Christian Pastor’s Stinging Rebuke to the Anti-Gay “Concerned Women for America”
    By: Scott Rose Friday December 16, 2011 8:27 am
    The so-called Concerned Women for America recently released a video with the fatuous gasbag Janice Crouse delivering a veritable greatest hits parade of fraudulent assertions demonizing gay human beings. Given that the alleged topic of the video is “The Challenges Facing Marriage in the 21st Century,” a viewer could wonder why Crouse deceitfully alleges that anal cancer is “very prevalent” among homosexuals.

    CWFA describes itself as a “US coalition of conservative women which promotes Biblical values.” I spoke about this CWFA video with the Reverend Doctor Nancy E. Petty, Senior Pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    “One of the actual threats to marriage in our society today,” Pastor Petty tells me, “comes from people misusing the Bible to define marriage. If you look at the Old and New Testaments, you will not get one picture only of what constitutes marriage. In fact, often in the Bible, men had numerous wives, and women were bought and sold as property. The claim that the Bible defines marriage for today is false.”

    “It’s interesting,” Pastor Petty continues “to listen to how this woman — and others in the extreme right wing — spins marriage equality as something that supposedly undermines marriage. She talks first about co-habitation and promiscuity, as though these were not elements of the human condition. And the statistics she uses, many of them strongly negative about gay people, don’t seem applicable to the arguments she’s trying to make, which I think are not well-founded. I don’t feel that Janice Crouse is a person interested in talking about how to strengthen commitment in relationships and how we as a society can support people’s commitments to each other. To the contrary, the things she talks about are tangential to that. She has taken an ideologically-driven position against same sex marriage and has chosen to use very divisive phrases to instill hatred and fear in people about this issue. She is saying these things from a place of hate and intolerance; that video is not at all about the substance of how to talk about and to encourage loving relationships.”

    “It’s shocking, where she starts going on about social science, saying that equality supporters believe love is the only thing that matters, and that the field of social science contradicts this idea. There are many heterosexual marriages where one spouse is abusing the other, and the children too are being abused, so I’m not sure I understand how that woman can claim that what’s most important for marriage is not love but rather that the couple is heterosexual.”

    Crouse indeed maliciously portrays gay human beings as being virtually incapable of long-term commitment. Readers should be sure to note this article on a gay couple recently married in New York after a 52-year relationship.

    Pastor Petty continues “The real assault on marriage is to be found in right-wingers’ support of inequality within marriage, with a man given more power than a woman. If you look at what Jesus said about relationships, he calls us into relationships that are loving, just, compassionate and equal. Where Crouse says that love is not the most important thing in a marriage, her argument is morally, spiritually and ethically bankrupt. The real assault on marriage is Crouse’s use of hateful language spoken in a total void of what love means. For obvious reasons, it does not work well, generally, for a homosexual person to marry a heterosexual one. Where one social group, feeling itself superior, is beating another group down in order to get ahead, that is not talking about what is of value in loving commitments, and it certainly is not an authentically Christian way of being. The foundational Christian message is to love one another.”

    In conclusion, Pastor Petty says “When it pops up on that video, Concerned Women for America . . . . well . . . . this is one woman that they are not representing.” To view the signatures of dozens and dozens of other clergy for whom the maliciously anti-gay Concerned Women for America do not speak, go here.

  • Granster

    @David Ehrenstein: You have me and my partner beat too. Ours was 34 years on November 19th. Congratulations to all of us.

  • B

    You guys are still missing the point – she’s basically a propaganda expert.
    If you look at the video, you’ll see something pop up giving her name followed by “PhD.” What they don’t tell you is that her PhD. is in “communications” (which studies how the media is used to influence people). Judith Reisman, who also puts out anti-gay propaganda, also touts her PhD. Neither will explicitly state that it is not in a field related one bit to what the person is talking about. Similarly, the Nazi’s touted Goebbles’ PhD (which was in romantic literature, hardly relevant to government functions).

    It’s a standard propaganda trick to make the propagandist sound more credible.

    These people are using every trick in the book.

  • Johnny

    What A CUNT! Haha!

  • Ruhlmann

    I was in a relationship with a man for ten years and a woman for five, I left both when it started to feel like a marriage. When I slept with women I was very clear about both sleeping with men and not being interested in marriage, kids and a mortgage. Men never brought it up.

    I am not promiscuous when solo and in relationships (strictly males now)I am by nature a faithful lover but it is my firm belief that marriage is a female institution that men are pressured into by a lemming like impulse to conform and live their parents lives.

    I can’t promise anyone I will love them forever so I will not ritualize something I believe will one day end. The man and woman mentioned above are the only lovers I have ever lived with. You can stay for a day or two and I’ll stay over now and then but you ain’t moving in because “happily ever after” is a fuck of a long time. If you stop loving me or I stop loving you whatever you have here has got to fit in the box of the truck… one trip.

    I don’t begrudge anyone wanting to marry and live in the suburbs but I am a good son, brother, and a great uncle. I don’t need or want to be a father or husband and I knew that before I knew I was homosexual.

    Who cares if a relationship lasts a lifetime or a year or two? Who cares what this woman thinks about either?

  • Global Traveler


    Thanks for a well-worded, cogent post, and I’m sure the romantic partners you’ve had in your life appreciate your candor, or at least they should.

    I know that marriage isn’t for everyone, but I just feel that it should be an option for everyone, or no one. My partner isn’t from the US, so I now find myself in the unenviable position of having to move out of the country to be with him, since even if we get married, DOMA would make it impossible for me to sponsor him for a green card. However, we can move to Europe, and I’d be a full citizen in a flash. Sigh. Sometimes, America is FUBAR’d.

  • Ruhlmann

    @Global Traveler: I am sorry to hear of your difficulties with DOMA. For your government to maliciously legislate inequality is worrisome and refutes everything noble and worthy that America has been known to champion. I hope it all works out for you and your partner.

    What does FUBAR’d mean?

  • Carl

    @Ruhlmann: It’s German ;-)

    Sorry, “Saving Private Ryan” gag there. FUBAR = F**ked Up Beyond All Recognition. Damn, now I want to watch SPR, it’s one of the few movies where I really like Tom Hanks (Apollo 13 is another) in his role.

  • B

    No. 16 asked, “What does FUBAR’d mean? … While it means “F___ed up beyond all recognition” as Carl pointed out, misspellings of portions of it are sometimes
    used as examples of identifiers in computer languages: “foo”, “bar” and “foobar”.

    Frequently the software is too.

  • Gorbeh

    Despite being a mad old bat with a cactus rammed up her backside, I hope she is successful in her federal investigation of hate crime claims. Investigations are meant to bring out the facts, and maybe it will be a smack in the face to see how wrong she is.

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