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06/29/2009

While we were away: Tenth -- TENTH! -- researcher told FOF to stop fudging their work

by Jeremy Hooper

This from Wayne Besen's fab Truth Wins Out organization:

In [an] article, “Childhood Sexual Abuse and Male Homosexuality”, [Focus on the Family's Jeff Johnston] wrote, “Many pro-gay researchers, activists and theorists deny that there could be a connection between child sexual abuse and adult homosexuality.” As proof of a supposed connection, he cited a 2008 book, “Unequal Opportunity: Health Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States”, edited by Professors Richard J. Wolitski, Ron Stall (pictured), and Ronald O. Valdiserri.

When approached by Truth Wins Out, the researchers were surprised by the manipulation of their data and agreed to respond.

“We want to respond to a recent Focus on the Family characterization of scientific findings reported in our book, ‘Unequal Opportunity: Health Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States’ that misrepresented findings in the book to suggest that childhood sexual abuse causes male homosexuality,” Stall and Valdiseri wrote in their letter. “The Focus on the Family description of the findings reported in Unequal Opportunity is inaccurate and, in our opinion, a distortion of the scientific literature.”

*Read researchers' full smackdown: Researchers Say Focus on the Family Distorted Book On Gay Men’s Health [TWO]

Perhaps it's time they start changing their stances to fit science rather than the other way around?

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Unfortunately, it's hardly the first time an antigay organization misrepresented data from a reputable source to further their own agenda.
It's the next best thing to just making stuff up.

Posted by: Bill S | Jun 29, 2009 8:49:20 AM

Oh, but you already knew that (should have read the TITLE of this post more clearly. Me so genius am.)

Posted by: Bill S | Jun 29, 2009 9:17:40 AM

The wackiness of these people never fails to amaze me. As a Sociologist and as a blooming researcher, I'm terrified what could happen to some of the research that I do. I'm currently studying gay and lesbian domestic violence through qualitative research, and would hate to see any findings I discover used incorrectly. These pseudo-scientific hacks at Focus who "interpret" findings willy-nilly without regard to scientific precedent, without support, without unbiased research of their own, make me sick.

I can only hope that Scientists will continue to come out vehemently against these people. I also wonder where Mr. Dobson received his Doctorate.

-zak

Posted by: Zak | Jun 29, 2009 9:25:08 AM

What's disturbing to me as that social scientists have to come out after he makes his insane squabbles and repudiate him for misusing their research. In a better world, that would be assumed.

Finding a homophobic Sociologists is like trying to pull find any agreement between Talcott Parsons and Karl Marx. HAHA

-Zak

Posted by: Zak | Jun 29, 2009 9:57:55 AM

Goodness. How many sources have they quoted that *haven't* scolded them for misrepresentation? That list must be growing thin by now...

Posted by: Jessica A. | Jun 29, 2009 4:34:23 PM

@Zak: He probably has a doctorate in divinity from somewhere.

Posted by: Jessica A. | Jun 29, 2009 4:35:27 PM

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