Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Religious right member 'cherry-picks' study to brand gays as pedophilies

This is an old clip, but I want you all to pay attention to something:

Barber claims that molestation leads to homosexuality by citing a passage from the Archives of Sexual Behavior.  He makes it seem like the study in question backs him up, but the study in no way has ever said that molestation leads to homosexuality.  In fact, one wonders if the phrase "homosexual pedophile" even existed in the study. When citing the study in another piece, Barber said:

“46 percent of homosexual men and 22 percent of homosexual women reported having been molested by a person of the same gender. This contrasts to only 7 percent of heterosexual men and 1 percent of heterosexual women reporting having been molested by a person of the same gender.”

The phrase "homosexual pedophile" is a creation solely of Barber and it proves that he is "cherry-picking" the legitimate study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior to reach the conclusion that he wants. And that conclusion is wrong.

Pay attention to that word, "cherry-picking." It plays heavily into the religious right repertoire of anti-gay lies and you will be hearing it a lot in the future.

1 comment:

Bob Donahue said...

Why "cherry picking"?

Why not "deliberately falsifying"? That is more direct and accurate.

It's time to call these people out for what they are: liars.