Paul Cameron (and his son Kirk) regularly supply anti-gays with Studies and Statistics about the evils of homosexuality. When you read that gay people die 20 years earlier or are three times as likely to molest children, you are reading the work of the Camerons.
Thoughtful people who are interested in truth soon learn to distance themselves from the Camerons and their parade of nonsensical claims. But some find anti-gay attitudes so tantalizing that they take an “if there’s smoke, there must be fire” attitude. They choose to think that maybe the methodology isn’t all that strong… but Cameron’s on to something, ya know?
In the vein of Cameron research, Science Daily brings us a “study”:
In his study of homosexuality among sportsmen in the US, sociologist Dr Eric Anderson found that 19 in a sample of 47 had taken part in acts intended to sexually arouse other men, ranging from kissing to mutual masturbation and oral sex.
Could it be that the old efforts by some ex-gay ministries to masculinize their strugglers by playing football was making them more gay??!!??
Well, no. Not exactly.
As it turns out, these were all kids who played football in high school but, unable to make the team in college, turned to cheerleading instead. Hardly a representative sample.
So the next time you hear that “studies show that gay men die 20 years early” just reply that “studies show that fourty percent of all football players are gay”. One is just about as true as the other.