Monday, May 13, 2019

Paul Sullins is spreading his pseudo-scientific anti-gay gibberish again

Rev. D. Paul Sullins
via YouTube
D. Paul Sullins is a married Catholic priest. Sullins recently retired from the faculty of Catholic University and is now associated with Ruth Institute, an anti-LGBT hate group. Sunday, at Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog, he has authored: It’s Time to Promote Good Social Science on Same-Sex Parenting.

Sullins claims to be a researcher but he manages to get his selective observation published to pay-per-post vanity gazettes in contrast to respected academic journals. Sullins has been obsessed same-sex parenting for a very long time. The genesis of his mania probably dates back to (then) Cardinal Ratzinger's 2003 statement on behalf of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.
The subtitle of Sullins' rhetoric reads:
Social scientists who conduct research on the politically charged question of the wellbeing of children in the care of same-sex parents have emphatically asserted unqualified and universal support for the finding of “no differences.” In his meticulously researched new book, Professor Walter Schumm turns this scenario on its head. Through a detailed review of virtually all extant research, Schumm demonstrates decisively that contrary evidence not only exists, it is abundant and methodologically strong.
Walter R. Schumm
Walter R. Schumm, a sociology professor at Kansas State University, is an anti-gay careerist. In a 2010 paper Schumm claimed that the children of gay parents were more likely to be gay. This was actually a paper in support of thoroughly discredited Paul Cameron.

In 2008, Schumm authored a paper titled Re-evaluation of the "no differences" hypothesis concerning gay and lesbian parenting as assessed in eight early (1979-1986) and four later (1997-1998) dissertations. Schumm's explanation for studies he doesn't like are best explained with another one of his papers titled Evidence of pro-homosexual bias in social science: citation rates and research on lesbian parenting. Part of his “proof” is that three peer-reviewed papers have the same author.

The bottom line with Schumm is that he is an anti-gay warrior for Jesus. He has been determined to denigrate gays and gay parenting for a very long time. Much of his spew stems from opposition to marriage equality which religious conservatives have routinely attacked through same-sex parenting. I note that, in Schumm's papers he has a tendency to cite himself.

According to Sullins:
…social scientists who present evidence that the behaviors of sexual liberation are not harmful—in same-sex parenting research, this is couched as “no differences” from heterosexual parents in child well-being—do not merely claim that their conclusions are strong while contrary findings are weak. Instead, they claim that their conclusions are the only permissible ones, while contrary findings are necessarily unscientific. In their minds, contrary evidence either does not exist, or it must reflect pseudo-scientific bias.
It is not true to claim that social scientists who publish articles to mainstream academic journals assert that their conclusions are the “only permissible ones.” Sullins is just trying to make excuses for the many legitimate, unbiased studies that disagree with him.

Sullins goes on to do exactly what Shrumm has done: Attack same-sex marriage through same-sex parenting:
In his meticulously researched new book, Same-Sex Parenting Research: A Critical Assessment, Walter Schumm, Professor of Family Studies at Kansas State University, turns this scenario on its head. In research on the politically charged question of the well-being of children in the care of same-sex parents, social scientists and their associations have emphatically asserted unqualified and universal support for the finding of “no differences.” Research that does not find this conclusion, they assert, simply cannot be credible or methodologically sound. Some deny the contrary research even exists. “It has not been unusual,” Schumm writes, “for at least some scholars in this area to make statements such as, ‘Not a single study has ever found any results that indicated children of same-sex parents to be any different from children of heterosexual parents in any way.’” These “absolute claims were made in an attempt to impress courts with the utter harmlessness (no ‘difference’ = no harm) of gay and lesbian parenting in order to promote the legalization of same-sex marriage.”
Schumm's book was published in September, 2018. Obviously it is not peer reviewed research. Schumm claims to have analyzed 400 studies on same-sex parenting. I am not going to purchase this book but question how many of those so-called studies were peer-reviewed and how many are published to other than substandard journals.

Schumm was the co-author of a similar book in 2015 titled: No Differences? How Children in Same-Sex Households Fare. That tome was published by the same Opus Deist Witherspoon Institute that is now the outlet for Sullins. This was part of Witherspoon's efforts to derail marriage equality. Do you think that Walter R. Schumm has an agenda? Maybe?
The bulk of the book consists of chapters examining the specific areas in which “no difference” is claimed. These include family stability, sexual abuse and other negative behaviors among parent couples, and child outcomes relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender roles, and mental health. Through a detailed review of virtually all extant research in each area, Schumm demonstrates decisively that contrary evidence not only exists, it is abundant and methodologically strong.
Let me bottom line this if I may. Schumm's own professional organization, the American Sociological Association, published an amicus brief in United States v. Windsor:
However, the claim that same-sex parents produce less positive child outcomes than opposite-sex parents—either because such families lack both a male and female parent or because both parents are not the biological parents of their children—contradicts abundant social science research. Decades of methodologically sound social science research,especially multiple nationally representative studies and the expert evidence introduced in the district courts below, confirm that positive child well being is the product of stability in the relationship between the two parents, stability in the relationship between the parents and child, and greater parental socioeconomic resources. Whether a child is raised by same-sex or opposite-sex parents has no bearing on a child’s well being.
According to Michael Rosenfeld, a prominent professor of sociology at Stanford University:
“Research…has developed a scholarly consensus that shows that children raised by same-sex couples are at no important disadvantage.” He went on to say, “There is a noisy fringe of academics who claim that children raised by same-sex couples are in disastrous peril,” a view that “has little or no credibility within academia.”
External Links:
Anti-LGBT researcher who pushes harmful pseudoscience joins anti-LGBT hate group
Using 'Pseudoscience' to Undermine Same-Sex Parents

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