Friday, December 29, 2006

James Dobson is a Dirty Liar

Dr. James Dobson (pictured), founder of the fundamental Christian organization Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, recently wrote an opinion piece in Time magazine concerning the news that Mary Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, is pregnant and intends to raise the child with her female partner. In the article, Dobson cites the research of Carol Gilligan, a profesor at NYU, for proof that children need a mother and a father. In it, he states that Prof. Gilligan found that "mothers tend to stress sympathy, grace and care to their children, while fathers accent justice, fairness and duty. Moms give a child a sense of hopefulness; dads provide a sense of right and wrong and its consequences. Other researchers have determined that boys are not born with an understanding of "maleness." They have to learn it, ideally from their fathers."

That seems like fair enough evidence I suppose. Except it's not what Prof. Gilligan's research said at all. She wrote an angry letter to Dobson demanding that he not cite her work anymore because he had severely distorted her findings. There's even a video on YouTube that features her disputing Dobson's article (you can see it here).

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of same-sex couples raising children (personally, I'm not even sure where I stand. I'd like to see more, unbiased studies on the matter), lying to prove a point is simply dispicable. Furthermore, it seems un-Christian to me. As a nonbeliever, I might not be the best authority on the subject, but isn't the 9th Commandment "Thou shalt not lie"? Dr. Dobson, you just committed a sin you hypocrite by distorting science for your own means (and it wouldn't be the first time).

1 comment:

Dave said...

Unfortunately, it is all too uncommon that people twist the quotes of others to achieve their point. Sad!