Focus on the
Family can not seem to accurately interpret a psychological
survey to save their lives.
Sense Monday, two
different psychological researchers have complained
that their works have been misrepresented and misinterpreted
by James Dobson's group.
Monday, Elizabeth Saewyc, an Associate Professor at the
University of British Columbia, criticized Focus on the
Family for drawing unreasonable conclusions from
her research. Her work centered around the
higher than normal suicide rates of teenage lesbians.
Focus on the Family concluded that the higher
rates should be attributed to pro-gay advocates
telling gay teenagers that they were born that way.
Saewyc responded in a statement to the Canadian press by
saying, "the research has been hijacked for somebody's
political purposes or ideological purposes and that is
In their own
defense Focus on the Family released an article to the
Canadian press invoking research done by Dr. Robert Spitzer
from Columbia University. His work also studied
the higher than average suicide rates amoung
homosexuals. Spitzer responded to Focus on the
Family's conclusion that the higher rates of suicide were
linked in any way to gay-advocates promoting a
born-gay theory by saying, "Although a third of the
subjects in my study reported having had serious
thoughts of suicide related to their homosexuality, not one
of them blamed the gay rights movement's advocating a
'born-gay' theory of homosexuality as the cause of
their suicidal thinking."