Thursday, June 14, 2012

When fake Christians attack - One News Now readers go crazy over refutation of bad study

On the phony news site, One News Now, there is a huge debate going on regarding that fraudulent study about gay parenting which just came out.

Like so many other things on that site, the article, Study: Youngsters of 'gay households' negatively affected, is laughably false.

Among other lies, the article says the study "is being hailed as the most scientifically credible study so far on the issue demonstrates that children are harmed by growing up in homosexual and lesbian households." The study has been roundly criticized by a host of social scientists for bad methodology and other falsehoods.

What makes the article even funnier is that it quotes only one source; not the author of the study, Mark Regnerus but Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay hate group Americans for Truth.

I already talked about his comments this morning. What I want to talk about are the comments by some of those actually defending the study, particularly comments directed towards me.

Granted, these comments are not indicative of all Christians, but it should give you an idea of the hypocrisy of One News Now's readership.

My first comment:
Actually the study is not being hailed as very scientifically credible. It's been criticized for a lot of distortions - 1. 1. The Study Doesn’t Compare Married Gay Parents To Married Heterosexual Parents. 2.The Author Admits The Study Doesn’t Establish Causation Between Same-Sex Parenting And Negative Outcomes. 3. The Study Arbitrarily Ignores Overlaps In Its Subpopulations.4. The Study Doesn’t Accurately Define Gay And Lesbian Parents. 5. The Study’s Author And Funders Have An Agenda. A recent article says that young folks are abandoning Christianity in a large number. Can you blame them when those who profess to be Christians act in such a manner in which they approve of lies and distortions? Lies in the name of God are still lies.

Various responses:
Maybe true to a point but the Gays have an Agenda also.
Gosh, what a big sexy black gay man you are! Are you by chance into edging? If so, I can host. Piss-off with your blatant distortion of logic & facts, undoubtedly a result of too much anal poundage. (Editor's note - what the hell is "edging?")
Even if this study is biased it brings up the possibility of children being harmed in various ways at a much greater frequency in homosexual parented households versus heterosexual parented households. We should be doing what's best for the children not selfishly arguing to protect our sexual orientation viewpoint. If you are a hetero arguing against homos you are missing the most important point, children may be at risk and that trumps the orientation war. If you are a homo arguing against heteros to promote your GLBT agenda, then you are missing the most important point, children may be at risk and that trumps your orientation war. We should be demanding further investigations and unbiased studies for the sake of those innocent children who are harmed by adults daily. This study may or may not be biased, but it does focus on the effects the family environment has on children and if there is negative outcome we need to find ways to change that outcome. Stop the personal agenda garbage like the postings from Alvin A. McEwen and Rev. Anthony Smith. One of you seems to be supporting the "Gay" agenda and the other is supporting the "Christian" agenda and neither agenda addresses the emotional and physical harm to children.

My second comment:
Rev. Smith, all of what you say is irrelevant IF you and others on this site support a study which has multiple flaws and lack of honesty. Your words about accepting Jesus and Christianity are hypocritical if you abide by lies to get your message across.

Various responses:
Al-vin, you are still a pervert.
Actually the way to change the situation, is through Love and not preaching Judgement. God has given us Grace, yes which we have not earned because he loves us, but Rev don't you think you would gain more respect in your comments speaking from a loving view. Gay and Lesbian Life styles is sin like any other sin., and yes them raising children is NOT Healthy for the children, but God also has his hands on those children and through Love they will in the future pave the road to eliminate children being raised by Gays and Lesbians! God will balance this circumstance Ultimately he is always in control!
Alvin, don't tell me your queer too?

As I said before, not all comments from those defending the study are nasty, but they are certainly misguided. in that they are either defending or pushing aside the fact the details which have caused the study to be criticized.

How then can they talk to us about God and the supposed sin of homosexuality when they are embracing the sin of lying.

Editor's note - Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out has drawn up a petition asking that there be an investigation by the University of Texas to assess whether or not Regnerus's study was independent or was he in collusion with religious right groups. I think it's a worthy petition in view of the fact that National Organization for Marriage founder and chairman emeritus Robert George has ties with organizations who gave Regnerus a grant for the study (over $700,000) and also with one newspaper who publicized the study.

I've signed the petition and I think others should too.

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'Discredited anti-gay researcher destroyed again' and other Thursday midday news briefs

Discredited anti-gay researcher Paul Cameron is obviously a glutton for humiliation. Every time he goes on David Pakman's show, Pakman destroys him. And of course this time, Pakman does it again.

Full story - Anti-gay junk science proponent shredded on the air (again) by David Pakman 

In other news:

 How CeCe McDonald’s Plight Exemplifies The Criminal Justice System’s Institutionalized Racism And Transphobia - THIS SITUATION needs more attention.

  Religious Coalition Endorses ENDA ‘As A Matter Of Justice’ - More proof that religion is not the opposite of the lgbtq orientation. It's just a matter of some folks boggarting all of the attention.  

Runnin’ For President Ain’t Nuttin But A Booty Call - Hilarious story of a Utah who thinks that openly gay presidential candidate Fred Karger is after her husband.

 NOM's Corporate Fairness Project uses Tom Strobhar for third time, pretends like he's someone else - Jeremy Hooper catches NOM in ANOTHER lie. 

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Hate group leader loves NOM's fraudulent study

Peter LaBarbera
Editor's note - It's one of those two post mornings. After reading this post on how the recent fraudulent study on gay parenting has a new fan, pan down (and hold your stomach) to read how the Traditional Values Coalition continues to attack the transgender community).

The recent anti-gay parenting study by University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus (which was bought and paid for by National Organization for Marriage founder Robert George) has been receiving a lot of deserved condemnation.

And now it has received praise which pretty much should have the same effect as the criticisms.

Our friend, Porno Pete LaBarbera of the hate group Americans for Truth has voiced support for it. However, what he says brings home the simple fact as to how deceptive and dangerous the study is:

LaBarbera says the University of Texas research is accurate and very thorough -- adding that states that encourage homosexual adoption are wrong. The study provides "very tragic data," he says.

"For example, you're more likely basically to get molested in a household led by two lesbians. You're more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. You're more likely to identify as homosexual. You're more likely to be on public assistance," he lists.

"[And] you're more likely to have been forced to have sex unwillingly," he concludes. "Big difference [there] -- 8 percent in a normal household versus 31 percent in a household led by lesbians." In addition, one raised in a homosexual or lesbian household is more likely to have thoughts of suicide.

One would almost think that LaBarbera was practically drooling when he said these things. But his comments are false.

Again, let us repeat several facts about the study via Media Matters:

 1. The Study Doesn’t Compare Married Gay Parents To Married Heterosexual Parents.

2. The Author Admits The Study Doesn’t Establish Causation Between Same-Sex Parenting And Negative Outcomes. - Now this fact is very important because LaBarbera is accusing lesbian households of all sorts of negative outcomes on children. But Regnerus, the study's author clearly said:

I recognize, with Paul and Cynthia, that organizations may utilize these findings to press a political program. And I concur with them that that is not what data come prepared to do. Paul offers wise words of caution against it, as did I in the body of the text. Implying causation here—to parental sexual orientation or anything else, for that matter—is a bridge too far.

3. The Study Arbitrarily Ignores Overlaps In Its Subpopulations. 

4. The Study Doesn’t Accurately Define Gay And Lesbian Parents.

 5. The Study’s Author And Funders Have An Agenda. 

The sad fact of the matter is that Regnerus's study is bogus, but neither LaBarbera nor others who cite it (and I'm sure that there will be others) don't really care. As long as there is something on record to justify their prejudices against the gay community, that's all that matters to them.

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Religious right group sees what it wants to see at ENDA hearing

At the recent Congressional hearing on ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), Kylar Broadus, founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, was the first transgender witness to ever testify for the bill. His testimony has been hailed as compelling as he talked about coming out, workplace harassment, and basic discrimination:

This is how the Traditional Values Coalition saw his testimony:

Sometimes, you have to let hate speak for itself.

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