Monday, July 24, 2017

Katy Faust is Still Making Mischief

Katy Faust
Ms. Faust, Circa 2015
The photo on her blog is around 1995 vintage
Katy Faust of Ask the Bigot fame has moved on to Them Before Us. Faust continues to be irrationally obsessed with devaluing same-sex parenting and reversing same-sex marriage. According to Faust, her parents divorced when she was about 11 years old. Her mother fell in love with another woman and they jointly raised Faust.

Faust once wrote: “My parents’ divorce has been the most traumatic event in my thirty-eight years of life.” She added that she would have given anything “to have my mom and my dad loving me under the same roof.” The fact that her mother is gay seems to be far less consequential than her parents' divorce but she wants to blame the gay. A conservative Christian, Faust is married to a Seattle pastor.

The latest anti-gay sob story

Faust hosts stories submitted by the children of gay people. The most recent comes from Pamela. It requires little comment on my part. Here are some portions:
My situation was unique in that my alcoholic mother and I lived with her parents until I was 8. I don’t have many memories of my mother even though I shared a bedroom with her. I believe God was protecting me. I don’t believe there was any physical abuse. Only neglect. …
…My mother quit drinking and I started. I felt the impact of no support and no emotional relationship. My mother and I had no bond. I spent most of my time with my boyfriend and drinking.
Having no father really became apparent, but my mother told me she didn’t know who he was. One of 3 men.
I believe my mother drank to hide her belief she is a homosexual. I don’t believe that she is. She has had only 2 friends in all these years. She told me she was raped by her uncle at 16 years old and that she had an experience shortly thereafter with a woman. But my mother would tell you she was born that way.
You get the idea. No father as a child and her mother was a crappy parent. Pamela is now about 50 years of age and she was apparently raised in the Bible Belt. Her teen years began in about 1980. At that time her lesbian mother would have likely been closeted, neurotic and marginalized. The rape (often fictionalized) is irrelevant to her sexual orientation.

The next bit-of-the-bat is titled: “Father’s Day for a Lesbian’s Daughter.”
I was raised by my lesbian mother who divorced my father when I was one year old. My mother told my father to go away and never come back. And that’s exactly what he did.
Daddy got a new family; new wife; new kids — three of them. He did not pay attention to the original daughter. But, of course, all of this is the fault of the gay parent.

Junk science

Faust is also a big fan and purveyor of crackpot research. She features this chart on her site:

Crackpottery from Father D. Paul Sullins

Oh those gays are just awful parents. Right?

Not really. This is the result of “research” by D. Paul Sullins, a married Catholic priest at Catholic University of America. Sullins had a predetermined outcome which he achieves as “The Unexpected Harm of Same-sex Marriage: A Critical Appraisal, Replication and Re-analysis of Wainright and Patterson’s Studies of Adolescents with Same-sex Parents.” It was supposed to influence the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. Sullins had to go to the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science to get this mess published in 2014. Reviewers of unknown qualifications were from Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Brazil.

Sullins, who also has an affiliation with Family Research Council, a hate group, used data from Add Health at the University of North Carolina:
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year.
Sullins attempts to replicate 2004 data from Add Health. None of these adolescents were raised by married gay couples in 1994-1995. There simply were no married gay couples in 1994-1995. To link any of this to what he posits as the “harm of same-sex marriage” is intellectually dishonest and ridiculous.

Children raised by gay couples in 1994-1995 were presumably from divorced parents. Moreover, Add Health does not identify same-sex parents. They had no interest in doing so. Sullins had to massage the data. Bottom line is that it's bullshit.

Denigrating real research

Studies that Faust doesn't like are criticized based on sampling. The simple fact is that they cannot all be wrong. The largest study (2014) comes out of Australia. The sample is 315 parents and 500 children. It is admittedly a convenience sample. The parents are extremely well educated and prosperous. However, the sample is large and participants were recruited without bias.

Australian children with same-sex attracted parents score higher than population samples on a number of parent-reported measures of child health. Perceived stigma is negatively associated with mental health. Through improved awareness of stigma these findings play an important role in health policy, improving child health outcomes.
I would argue that similar methodology in the United States would actually improve the results because there is less stigmatization than Australia (although it exists here at an unacceptable level thanks to people like Faust). Moreover, Australia does not recognize same-sex marriage while here these kids are likely to have married parents. The last estimate that I saw was that about two-thirds of gay couples with children are married.

There are many studies including one out of the Netherlands that included U.S. researchers and was performed on U.S. data. It is titled “Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Households and Child Health Outcomes: Findings from the National Survey of Children's Health” — Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: April 2016. It is not a convenience sample. It was limited, however, to lesbian parents. Conclusions:

Children with female same-sex parents and different-sex parents demonstrated no differences in outcomes, despite female same-sex parents reporting more parenting stress. Future studies may reveal the sources of this parenting stress.
I think we all know where that stress comes from.

Columbia Law School has now analyzed 79 studies of same-sex parenting. Only four of these suggest that children fare poorly and all four are flawed. “At most a handful of the children who were studied were actually raised by same-sex parents; the rest came from families in which opposite-sex parents raised their children for a period of time, but in which, often, one or more parent(s) subsequently came out as gay or lesbian and left the family or had a same-sex relationship. …” The other 75 all come to the same conclusion. “No difference.”

Nevertheless, Faust will keep pumping out the same nonsense. She doesn't care if it is honest or scientifically sound as long as it marginalizes gay people, particularly gay parents. On June 26 it was “Equality” for Same-Sex Couples on Birth Certificates = Inequality for Kids. According to Faust, the children are “denied their biological identity.” Please.

The bottom line to all of this is that the kids are doing just fine. They, and their parents, would do even better without the prejudice which puts them under greater stress. If Ms. Faust is really concerned with the wellbeing of children, she should be doing the exact opposite of what she is doing.

Faust will continue this crusade regardless of the consequences. The chorus is quite familiar: ♬ Onward Christian soldiers, marching off to war …♬

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