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July 30, 2012
Academic Scorn: the Cost of Telling the Truth
There can be a high cost for telling the truth. From the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
The academic community is on a witch-hunt for University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus for his recent study of children of parents who are in same-sex relationships.
Regnerus is an excellent scholar and his study is the most thorough and methodologically reliable done on the subject by a long shot. In fact, he was careful to only suggest correlation between parents in same-sex relationship and child well-being. It’s descriptive, not prescriptive.
But the university is now investigating Regnerus for “scientific misconduct” due to a complaint from an LGBT blogger who claimed the study was rigged to make same-sex couples look bad. The blogger isn’t even a sociologist.
Why is Regnerus a target? Because his findings question the dogma about parents in same-sex relationships. And that’s sad — because we could use some data about all these social experiments we’re trying. For The Point, I’m John Stonestreet.