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Protecting Our Digestive Systems?

Sat 23 Apr 2005 In: Comment

One recent US fundamentalist journal article against same-sex marriage might provide some suggestions about the success of our own campaign for civil unions and relationship equality. Frank Turek co-authored Legislating Morality (Bethany House: 1998), recently cited in a New Zealand Herald op-ed piece by a certain Dunedin-based Christian Right activist. When I noticed that Turek had also authored a recent article entitled Protecting America's Immune System: A Reasonable Case Against Same-Sex Marriage, alarm bells rang. Understand, I don't have a naturally suspicious mind, but Geisler and Turek had cited the heinous disbarred 'social scientist' Paul Cameron in their original work, and Turek used his reference in the article. I know that it's slimy and unpleasant to stigmatise People Living With HIV/AIDS, but since when have little things like honesty about research provenance bothered these people? Anyway, the offending Cameron reference argued for a shortened LGBT lifespan in both the book and article, and the article's title would suggest that Cameron's work underlies the article's antigay case. Why would a 'respectable' fundamentalist 'intellectual' like Turek use that reference in his work? It has much to do with the fact that US fundamentalist universities are actually converted theological colleges, so prospective fundamentalist 'intellectuals' have to go to proper Catholic universities to get reputable qualifications in fields like theology and philosophy. Even then, they're narrow specialists, and only work within fundamentalist 'tertiary institutions.' Within these backwaters, evidence-based social scientific and medical data has always been secondary to preheld, unexamined religious dogma, except when one is dealing with abstract logical axioms with no outside corroborative evidence-based tests. Scrap one bogus 'argument' against LGBT relationship equality. Mendacity is no friend of authentic academic quality, and merely rendering online paper copies inaccessible is no obstacle for other possibilities for interception, analysis -and rebuttal. Recommended Reading: Frank Turek "Protecting America's Immune System: A Reasonable Case Against Same-Sex Marriage" Christian Research Journal 27:2 (2004). Norman Geisler and Frank Turek: Legislating Morality: Bethany House: 1998. Not Recommended: http://www.familyresearchinst.org Paul Cameron's Family Research Institute (junk science website) Rebuttal of Cameron: psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_cameron.html Greg Herek's rebuttal of Paul Cameron's 'work" Craig Young - 23rd April 2005    

Credit: Craig Young

First published: Saturday, 23rd April 2005 - 12:00pm

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