September 28th, 2012
Earlier today I accused NOM of lying when they said recent attacks on churches were motivated by the churches’ opposition to marriage equality. There’s no evidence to prove such a motive, and there’s considerable evidence against it, evidence they ignored in their statement.
It’s been pointed out to me that NOM’s problem might not be dishonesty. It could be incompetent research skills or a psychological inability to see anything that contradicts their worldview.
It was also suggested that they might know what the Chief of Police said, but suspect it’s part of a liberal media conspiracy to cover up religious persecution. Regarding that alternative, I told my critic, “To present their suspicions as fact is still dishonesty.”
Later, the irony of that statement hit me, and I realized I should take my own advice: I suspect NOM is lying. I acknowledge they could merely be incompetent or blinded by their bias.
This raises an important question, though, and because we strive for accuracy here, I want to toss out a question for the Box Turtle Community.
When can we reasonably say someone is not merely wrong, but is lying — essentially, at what point do we stop giving them the benefit of the doubt?
To aid discussion, you might also want to check out this post, which alleges a number of NOM lies, and think about which ones can be considered, beyond a reasonable doubt, to be actual deceit, and which could plausibly be mere mistakes. With what criteria can we reliably separate one category from the other?
I almost posted this in the sidebar, but I’ll ask Jim’s indulgence and put it with the main articles. It’s a question we can’t afford to ignore.
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.