Friday, October 17, 2014

FRC's Sprigg doesn't read what he links to - or doesn't think that his audience will bother

Peter Sprigg - Family Research Council
Trained as a Baptist minister, Peter Sprigg is Family Research Council's point man on all things relating to LGBT people. Sprigg laments:
On Sunday, October 12, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on Fox News Sunday to debate the redefinition of marriage with Ted Olson, a prominent Republican attorney and advocate of giving civil marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

At one point in the discussion, Olson began to argue that we should redefine marriage because it would benefit children who are being raised by same-sex couples. Perkins replied, “We know from the social science that children do best with a mom and a dad.”

Within hours, the “fact-checking” website PolitiFact posted an analysis of the statement—and rated it “False.”

Unfortunately, the PolitiFact article itself gets a failing grade.

That is, unless they think the non-partisan, non-profit research group Child Trends was also telling a “falsehood” when they reported, “An extensive body of research tells us that children do best when they grow up with both biological parents in a low-conflict marriage.”
So let us look at the report [PDF] that Sprigg is referring to. Apparently he hopes that no one will actually click on the link because, at the top of page one;

I need not say much else. Obviously Child Trends' conclusion from 12 years ago is based on comparing children being raised by harmonious mom and dad in contrast to mom and dad in conflict or just mom or just dad or mom with boyfriend or foster care or just about any other alternate configuration except being raised by a committed same-sex couple.

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