Dobson Caught Distorting Research

DefCon has esposed James Dobson for twisting the facts about her research in a recent column in Time Magazine in which he claimed that “the majority of more than 30 years of social-science evidence indicates that children do best on every measure of well-being when raised by their married mother and father,” citing the research of Carol Gilligan PhD. As described at Truth Wins Out, Gilligan has protested the distortion of her research. She sent the following letter (with a video of her reading it available at YouTube:

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

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    Mark Robert Gates says:


    It is time we dragged, Dr. Dobson, before a Pauline court, and defrocked him, for his tireless suggestions, that New Testament’ theology’ as espoused by Jesus, or His’ Apostles’, somehow, equates to, physical, mental, psychological, spiritual or sexual abuse.

    Usually, these things happen in private, in order to be respectful of the person, who is being taken out of Christ’s Churche’, so as to have, this person, take time to reflect and decide if to believe and follow Christ’s Commandment’s, and repent. Then, a person may return to Christ’s Churche’. Now, we will have to hold Pauline court in public, so all citizens, of our’ civilized society can see what the fate of a man is, for him to proclaim love for Christ’s, and while before public cameras, defying Christ’s Commandment’s, of which, we are all to follow if we claim to love Him’.

    The point here, is not so much, to punish the perpetrator, than to, keep the rest of our’ flock from being mislead. And, there is much obvious evidence that many are being misled by these public, self-proclaimed titans. As, I would like to see, Dr. Dobson, and those TV ministers, taking home millions as their pay, show, how this is belived to be a pay for their services, to Christ’s, of which, is worth that to God’s, Christ’s and our’ Holy Spirit.

    -Copyright 2007, God’s, Christ’s and our’ Holy Spirit’s, as atrributed by, Mark Robert Gates

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