No Shit, Sherlock at Dobson Ranch

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

From Dobson’s Family Research Council’s webpage here comes this piece of utter stupidity:

Chapter 6: Is There a Link between Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse?

· A study of 229 convicted child molesters in Archives of Sexual Behavior found that “eighty-six percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” (emphasis added)

(W. D. Erickson, “Behavior Patterns of Child Molesters,” Archives of Sexual Behavior 17 (1988): 83.)

That’s right.  86% of the men who molested males were homosexual or bisexual. 

Isn’t that like opening up your closet and discovering that it contains clothes?

You know what?  I’ll bet that roughly 86% of the men who molested girls were NOT homosexual or bisexual (a statistic that the Dobson website doesn’t give).  So what can be said of the "link" between homosexuality and child molestation?  Not much.

Ironically, the web page is all about a book called "Getting It Straight".  It’s a book designed to dispel some myths about homosexuality, and present the "facts".  The really sad thing is that people will read those excerpts like the one above, and not see how disingenuous and laughably unscientific that "study" is.