Thursday, December 8, 2011

Is There ONE Intellectually Honest Critical Thinker at NOM?

Apparently not. They will regurgitate anything that they think makes their point. The right wing are still going bonkers over Zach Walls. A new post on the NOM blog titled A "Bad Catholic" Case Against SSM? incorporates a polemic by Marc Barnes. Barnes writes a blog titled Bad Catholic. Therein, Barnes concludes:
... I don’t point out all this to condemn, only to show that speech given was essentially an emotional appeal based on a singular example. Zach Wahls says there exists no difference between homosexual marriages and heterosexual marriages. Statistics say otherwise. Choose now whom you will believe. Given our current level of rationality and thought, I’ve no doubt the video — at over a million views now — will convert many compassionate, well-intentioned young people to the cause. But it is false advertising, and I — though I wish for the sake of the children of gay marriages that I could  – simply don’t buy it.
Statistics say otherwise? Sure     if you rely on "research" by folks like Paul Cameron and "data" from right wing groups that has not been subjected to the referee process and published in a prominent scientific journal. Selective observation also helps in your quest to pass off dogma and crackpottery as science. You can read the thing, in full, here. Allow me to make two points:

  1. Intellectually curious critical thinkers start with a hypothesis and reach a conclusion based upon evidence. They are not invested in the hypothesis and will willingly go where the evidence takes them. What Christianists do is just the opposite. They start with a conclusion based on their book. Then they employ whatever selective observation is required to support the preordained result.
  2. All of the published and peer reviewed research, worldwide, has concluded that the children of same-sex parents are as secure, happy and successful as their peers.
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