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March 14, 2013 1:35 PM Pope Francis’s Views on Homosexuality Date from About 1975

By Andrew Gelman

The new pope appears to have gone back in time, as if to assist the 1975 LA police chief in a gay conversion effort.

1. From Letters of Note:

2. From Gawker:

All in all, the police chief seems the more mellow of the two. People were more easygoing in the 70s, I guess. You can look at the photos and judge for yourself.

[Originally posted at The Monkey Cage]

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Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University.