Monday, July 25, 2011

Lies, Damn LIes, and the Religious Right

One of the memorable moments of the DOMA hearing was Sen. Al Franken calling out the mis-representation of the data by Tom Minnery, of Focus on the (right wing heterosexual) Family.

Blogger Alvin McEwen points out that the mis-representation of data by those opposed to equality is an ongoing issue. Over and over again, they pull this off.  It's way passed time to call them on it.  McEwen has a great post with documentation:
Minnery's misreading of study in order present a bad picture of same-sex households is commonplace in religious right data. Often times, religious right spokespeople will cite studies which have nothing to do with same-sex households in order to claim that these households are not the best place to raise children....

And we're not just talking about studies regarding households, either.When groups like Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, or the National Organization for Marriage aren't busy scaring people with how the gay community wants to "recruit children," they busy themselves distorting all sorts of legitimate data, creating conclusions that the researchers never intended or worked for.

We know this because at least 11 of these researchers complained....

These are the reasons why many of us are celebrating Franken's dressing down of Minnery. It revealed to so many what a lot of us in the gay community have known about the religious right for years - that all of their talk about "morals" and "values" and "personally held religious beliefs" are a dodge. They are a smokescreen which these organizations use to hide their deceptions.

When it comes to the gay community, the vast majority of religious right studies and data have been fallacious distortions designed to exploit fear, not educate.
You should bookmark McEwen's blog, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. He's a bulldog in exposing the lies.

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