Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Michael Bailey Bad, Paul Cameron Good

Over at the Exodus Blog, Randy Thomas has a post linking to an article that questions 60 Minutes' use of research from Michael Bailey. Apparently Bailey's research and research methods have been in question lately and he's received sanctions causing him to resign a high-level post.

I was glad to see the information since I hadn't heard it before.

I thought it was odd, though, that Randy Thomas was so quick to point this researcher's problems when he has ignored the enormous problems of Paul Cameron, who has been sanctioned or kicked out of numerous professional organizations in his field (nearly every one, actually).

So, why would Randy care? Well, the Agape Press, Focus on the Family, the FRC, and even Randy's own employer, Exodus International still cite Paul Cameron's studies to this day, even though his credentials are highly suspect and his studies are completely invalid.

I was glad to see Randy bring up the Michael Bailey saga. I hope he urges his organization and its associates to denounce Paul Cameron as well, for truth's sake.


At 14/3/06 5:23 PM, Blogger Jim Burroway said...

Its all pretty amazing sometimes. Reminds me of that thing about the beam in one's own eye.

At 14/3/06 6:54 PM, Blogger Brady said...

It definitely does, Jim.

At 15/3/06 7:57 AM, Blogger Brett said...

"I hope he urges his organization and its associates to denounce Paul Cameron as well, for truth's sake."

Don't hold your breath.

At 15/3/06 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Throckmorton has been relying on Bailey recently to support his notion that observable genetic traits in women result in mothers that are inclined to raise children in an environment that results in gay kids (thus avoidable environmental behavior rather than born gay). Bailey's observations that feminine boys turn into gay men plays well into his reorientation beliefs.

So it looks like the anti-gay spokesmen are playing it both ways, pro-Bailey and anti-Bailey.

At 20/3/06 10:08 AM, Blogger Brady said...

Thanks for the info anon. I wasn't aware of that, but it's a good point for sure.


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