As I blogged about yesterday, Dobson, from Focus on the Family, lied in his article in Time Magazine and Soulforce called on Time to investigate and report the truth. Today, the truth was revealed. In The Truth Wins Out website (a website that fights against the lies and hatred against gays and lesbians) they are reporting that the researcher that Dobson quoted is fuming because he lied about her research.
Here is the letter Prof. Gilligan wrote to Dobson:
Dear Dr. Dobson:
I am writing to ask that you cease and desist from quoting my research in the future. I was mortified to learn that you had distorted my work this week in a guest column you wrote in Time Magazine. Not only did you take my research out of context, you did so without my knowledge to support discriminatory goals that I do not agree with. What you wrote was not truthful and I ask that you refrain from ever quoting me again and that you apologize for twisting my work.
From what I understand, this is not the first time you have manipulated research in pursuit of your goals. This practice is not in the best interest of scientific inquiry, nor does bearing false witness serve your purpose of furthering morality and strengthening the family.
Finally, there is nothing in my research that would lead you to draw the stated conclusions you did in the Time article. My work in no way suggests same-gender families are harmful to children or can’t raise these children to be as healthy and well adjusted as those brought up in traditional households.
I trust that this will be the last time my work is cited by Focus on the Family.
Carol Gilligan, PhD
New York University, Professor
I hope that someone sent this to Time Magazine and I hope that someone will write a guest column against this liar and expose him and his group for what they are.
Joe Brummer is reporting today that yet another researcher is complaining to Dobson that he lied about his research. This time the letter comes from Prof. Kyle Pruitt, M.D. of the Yale School of Medicine. His letter states:
Dr. Dobson, I was startled and disappointed to see my work referenced in the current Time Magazine piece in which you opined that social science, such as mine, supports your convictions opposing lesbian and gay parenthood. I write now to insist that you not quote from my research in your media campaigns, personal or corporate, without previously securing my permission. You cherry-picked a phrase to shore up highly (in my view) discriminatory purposes. This practice is condemned in real science, common though it may be in pseudo-science circles. There is nothing in my longitudinal research or any of my writings to support such conclusions. On page 134 of the book you cite in your piece, I wrote, “What we do know is that there is no reason for concern about the development or psychological competence of children living with gay fathers. It is love that binds relationships, not sex.”
Kyle Pruett, M.D. Yale School of Medicine