Christian Lies

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Family Research Fraud

Lifesite again:
According to two researchers, the largest random sex survey ever conducted has reported that only 1.4% of adults engaged in homosexual behavior.
Interesting, if true. So, what's the methodology used?

Analyzing a 2003 Canadian Community survey of 121,300 adults, Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron told attendees of the Eastern Psychological Association Convention that 2% of 18-44 year olds, 1% of 50 year olds, and only a third of a percent of subjects 60+ considered themselves homosexual.
Ah. So, that would be the Paul Cameron who was kicked out of the American Psychological Association and the Nebraska Psychological Association. The one who works for an anti-gay organization. The one who a judge ruled lied to a court about the parenting skills of gay people. Okay, so now that we know what sort of people we're hearing from, what was the methodology of the data collection?
Among other questions (read to respondent by interviewer), the Canadian study asked:
"Do you consider yourself to be: heterosexual? (sexual relations with people of the opposite sex)/ homosexual, that is lesbian or gay? (sexual relations with people of your own sex)/ bisexual? (sexual relations with people of both sexes)."
So, the question doesn't determine a person's actual orientation, it asks what orientation they consider themself to be. Many gay and bisexual people are in the closet, and would not tell a random surveyor their actual orientation. Further, because of societal disapproval of homosexuality, many gay and bisexual people refuse to even think of themselves as being gay or bisexual, and while they have homosexual relations regularly throughout their life, they continue to think of it as a passing phase, or not real sex. So, simply asking people their orientation will unquestionably provide a much lower number than the actual percentage of gay people. If Drs. Cameron know anything at all about gay people - and after all the years they've spent fighting our rights, I can't believe they don't - they should be able to figure this out for themselves. I conclude, therefore, that in claiming that this survey proves such a low percentage of gay people in the population, they must be deliberately misconstruing the data. In other words, I believe they're lying.

"The US government survey of 12,381 adults in 1996, reported that 1.3% of men and 1.1% of women under the age of 60 said they'd had homosexual sex in the last 12 months.
By that standard, I would be considered straight. (Let me tell you, I'm definitely not.)
It also found few older homosexuals. The oldest male who engaged in homosexuality was 54 and the oldest female+ 49. So it appears that homosexuality is a young person's activity - one that may contribute to an early death."
That must be a really bad survey - I have four gay male friends in their 60's, a lesbian friend in her late 50's, and I've met many, many gay men and lesbians in their 60's and 70's. You can easily find dozens if not hundreds of older gay people in any major US city's gay pride parade. Such young ages alone is proof to me that the survey was not at all representative of the actual gay and lesbian population. Yet, I notice that Drs. Cameron cite it and attempt to use it to fight gay rights anyway.

For the record, it's my opinion that it doesn't matter if gay people are 10% of the population, 5%, 1.4%, 98%, or 0.001%. I also don't believe it matters if we're born gay or choose to be. As American citizens, it's our civil right to live our lives the way we choose to, and not to be mistreated for any actions we take which do not harm others. Attempting to demonstrate that gay people make up a tiny percentage of the population is a tactic used to try to make it seem like gay people are not populous enough to deserve civil rights, or that we are too abnormal to deserve civil rights. However, this is the United States, the land of the free. It doesn't matter how few or large our numbers are. The Constitution requires that we be given equal civil rights anyway, and to oppose that is, in my opinion, Unamerican.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,