Academic Witch Hunt

“Regnerus used one of the largest data sets ever amassed for such a study. He found that children raised by homosexual parents have had more problems than children raised by married heterosexual parents in virtually every one of more than 40 categories examined.”

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Susan R's picture


Regardless of how many factors one attempts to account for, any and all research is very limited in its veracity and usage. We can gain some insights, but I find it difficult to draw substantial conclusions. I think maybe Americans are a bit too enamored of studies and statistics. We want EVERYTHING to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and that's just not possible. 

pvawter's picture

Unfortunately, it seems that in some sociological circles, the ferocity with which one holds a viewpoint is indirectly proportional to the amount of substantiated evidence for said viewpoint. And that appears to be true on both sides of this issue.

Aaron Blumer's picture


The story of what Regenerus has been going through is indicative of problems with the peer review system. It can become the 'groupthink system' and a whole lot of hostility ensue when you even question the dominant orthodoxy.

Regenerus isn't even conservative, but he has been curious enough to want to investigate some dogmas. I hope he's able to do more work on this in the future.