Thanks to the newsletter of the Australian website, Beware Of the God, we're reminded that only a year ago this article ran in the Boston Globe. The President of the United States was caught citing false information peddled by a false researcher, Paul Cameron, a darling to many in the Christian Right.
Study on gay adoption disputed by specialists
WASHINGTON -- President Bush had a ready answer when asked in January for his view of adoption by same-sex couples: "Studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman,” the president said.
Bush’s assertion raised eyebrows among specialists. The American Academy of Pediatrics, composed of leaders in the field, had found no meaningful difference between children raised by same-sex and heterosexual couples, based on a 2002 report written largely by a Boston pediatrician, Dr. Ellen C. Perrin.
But Bush’s statement was celebrated at a tiny think tank called the Family Research Institute, where the founder, Dr. Paul Cameron, believes Bush was referring to studies he has published in academic journals that are critical of gays and lesbians as parents. Cameron has published numerous studies with titles such as ‘’Gay Foster Parents More Apt to Molest” - a conclusion disputed by many other researchers. [...]
Senior Bush aides, asked for the basis of the comment about adoption, now say they are unaware of any studies comparing heterosexual and same-sex adoptions – by Cameron or by any pediatric association. The president, they say, was probably referring to studies that show children are better off living with both biological parents – though those studies have nothing to do with adoption by same-sex couples.
And more recently, this article by David Holthouse for the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Anti-gay researcher Paul Cameron’s falsehoods are well known. The incredible thing is the people who still cite them.
[...] Nearly 600 evangelical Christians packed into the gymnasium of the Calvary Christian Academy in Forth Worth, Texas, to witness a ceremony on a Sunday in June. With a flourish of his pen, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the first bill while the televangelist at his side praised Jesus. Gov. Perry shared the stage with celebrity Pentecostal faith healer Rob Parsley, whose television program is carried by 1,400 stations nationwide. [...]
The first document Perry signed that day was a parental notification law requiring girls under 18 to obtain parental permission before having an abortion. The second proposed that the state constitution be amended to specifically prohibit gays and lesbians from marrying. [...]
Parsley heaped praise on Gov. Perry for “protecting the children of Texas from the gay agenda.” Then he rattled off a series of shocking statistics: “Gay sex is a veritable breeding ground for disease,” he said. “Only 1% of the homosexual population in America will die of old age. The average life expectancy for a homosexual in the United States of America is 43 years of age. A lesbian can only expect to live to be 45 years of age. Homosexuals represent 2% of the population, yet today they’re carrying 60% of the known cases of syphilis.”
The televangelist did not reveal where he got those numbers. He stated them starkly as facts to be accepted on blind faith. But they are not facts. They are gross distortions lifted straight from the pages of pseudo-scientific studies by Dr. Paul Cameron, a crackpot psychologist and champion of the anti-gay crusade.