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Monday, November 26, 2007
WND Article Promoting Flawed Study Gets Canadian Politician In Trouble
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Nov. 24 WorldNetDaily article reports: "A Canadian political party leader's posting of a WND article on homosexuality has brought him before the country's Human Rights Commission to face accusations he was motivated by 'hate and defamation.'" The article described the study:

The 2002 WND story posted online by [Ron] Gray [of the Christian Heritage Party] cited a study published in the Regent University Law Review by Steve Baldwin, executive director of the Council for National Policy in Washington, D.C. Titled, "Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement," the study found child molestation and pedophilia occur far more commonly among homosexuals than among heterosexuals on a per capita basis.

"Overwhelming evidence supports the belief that homosexuality is a sexual deviancy often accompanied by disorders that have dire consequences for our culture," Baldwin wrote.

"It is difficult to convey the dark side of the homosexual culture without appearing harsh," wrote Baldwin. "However, it is time to acknowledge that homosexual behavior threatens the foundation of Western civilization – the nuclear family."

The April 2002 WND article about the study, by Jon Dougherty, details findings in the study but, in true WND style, doesn't allow anyone to rebut it with the same amount of detail. Unfortunately for Gray and WND, the study is based on a flawed assumption that homosexuality is equivalent to pedophilia.

As Mark E. Pietrzyk detailed, research shows that the vast majority of adult males who molest boys have no interest in adult homosexual relationships. According to researcher Gene Abel, "only 21 percent of the child molesters we studied who assault little boys were exclusively homosexual.  Nearly 80 percent of the men who molested little boys were heterosexual or bisexual, and most of these men were married and had children of their own."

Further, People for the American Way points out, the study is "refuted by longstanding research on the sexual abuse of children" and "constitutes yet another effort by Religious Right groups to exploit the Catholic Church controversy to advance their anti-gay agenda."

Posted by Terry K. at 1:05 AM EST
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2007 1:07 AM EST

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