So now we gays are bad parents, more violent and god knows what else. That’s what Americans for Truth and the Peter La Barbera’s of the world would like you to think. He reports research on his website from the American Collage of Pediatricians but who are they? They sound important but that fact is that are not the larger and more respected American Academy of Pediatrics who support gay parents and gay marriage. The American Collage of Pediatricians are a small group of conservative, religious pediatricians whose research is not rigorously tested and reviewed by peers.
“Created as counterpoints to large, well-established medical organizations whose work is subject to rigorous review and who assert no political agenda, the tiny think tanks with names often mimicking those of established medical authorities have sought to dispute the notion of a medical consensus on social issues such as gay rights, the right to die, abortion, and birth control.”
“The tiny American College of Pediatricians has a single employee, yet it has been quoted as a counterpoint to the 60,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics.”
The long and short of this is that Peter La Barbera will say and do anything to “have power” over gays and lesbians. I have asked Peter repeatedly what does the world look like for gays and lesbians should he succeed at whatever it is he is doing. What happens to us when he gets the world the way he is working for it to be. Are we dead? Sent to the camps? In jails? He fights against civil rights for gays, violence prevention for gays, parenting for gays and promotes ex-gay ministries. He wants all gays and lesbians gone! He wants our parenting rights taken away and he will go as far reaching as shabby research and lies to paint gays and lesbians as evil. It is just propaganda folks, not reality.
If you take some time to read the reference list that Peter La Barbera is using to say gays and lesbians are bad parents, you will see the paper uses Bell and Weinberg as a source. Most people know that Bell and Weinberg study that says the average gay man has hundreds of partners per year. It was never accepted and was filled with flaws. They can be found here and here.
Lastly, lets look at the last paragraph in the propaganda that Peter has posted.
“The research literature on childrearing by homosexual parents is limited. The environment in which children are reared is absolutely critical to their development. Given the current body of research, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adoption, foster care, or by reproductive manipulation. This position is rooted in the best available science.”
How can we say in the same paragraph that the science is limited, yet the position is based on the best available science? Prohibition on gay parents? We should take children away from gays? La Barbera is seriously misguided and hateful thinking that every gay parent should have their kids taken away with this age old prohibition on gay parents sponsored by some research body with an employee of one.
And now for the real research on gay parents from Children of Gays and Lesbians Everywhere.
A more detailed analysis of the whole research piece can be found here
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