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A Baylor University Institute Issues Letter in Support of Disreputable Regnerus Study

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 A Baylor University institute has issued  a letter of support on behalf of University of Texas faculty member Mark Regnerus’ disreputable study about children of gay parents 

In response to growing criticism of Mark Regnerus so-called study about children of gay parents, a letter was released on June 20th through the Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion, signed by 18 people, including Baylor ISR Director Byron Johnson.

Baylor University is located in Waco, Texas and is a private Baptist university that is also a nationally ranked and accredited liberal arts institution.

As previously reported on this site, an anti-gay study with funding arranged through the National Organization of Marriage’s Robert George appears to be political propaganda, rather than social science.

The Witherspoon Institute, located in Princeton, N.J. and unaffiliated with Princeton University, where Robert George is a Senior Fellow, gave Regnerus a $35,000 “planning grant” for the study, prior to giving him a grant for a study.

Regnerus has admitted that if he had opted for funding from the National Institutes of Health instead of from Witherspoon it would have served the long-term best interests of science.

Baylor ISR Director Byron Johnson, who issued and signed the Baylor letter, is also a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, which first arranged the “planning grant” for Regnerus and then later arranged Regnerus’s study funding. The letter does not disclose that Regnerus himself is affiliated with the Baylor Institute, as a Non-Resident Scholar for Family and Religion. One might have thought that persons hoping to support Regnerus at this time would not create any further appearance that he could be in political cahoots with the study’s funders.

Although the 18 signers rely on their academic credentials to attempt to give authority to their letter, they do not actually address any of the substantive criticisms made of Regnerus’s study. They instead appear to seek further to deceive the public, by repeating points that have already been thoroughly discredited and debunked. Of particular concern is that the signers trumpeted Regnerus’s sampling method as the best available, when in fact, address based sampling would have been superior, though more costly and time consuming. Another concern is that whereas the signers cite Paul Amato’s commentary on the Regnerus study as evidence of the study’s alleged integrity, they do so without disclosing that Amato was a paid adviser for the study. Loren Marks also signed the Baylor letter. His twinned study was published simultaneously with Regnerus’s in Social Science Research, and used prior to publication by Paul Clement in a DOMA-related case in California.

The correct thing for Byron Johnson to do now, is to update the Baylor letter  with notes that 1) he, Johnson is a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, which first gave Regnerus a $35,000 “planning grant” before giving him monies for the actual study; 2) Regnerus has an affiliation with Baylor; and 3) Paul Amato was a paid adviser on the Regnerus study.

The image of the Baylor University logo and seal is courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

New York City-based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT-interest by-line has appeared on Advocate.com, PoliticusUSA.com, The New York Blade, Queerty.com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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AOC Smacks Down QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Over LGBTQ Equality Act

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-NY) just slammed “QAnon Congresswoman” Marjorie Taylor Greene over her opposition to the LGBTQ Equality Act. The House will vote on the legislation this week, and is currently engaged in determining the rules for the vote.

Rep. Greene, Republican of Georgia, has been waging war against the bill, falsely claiming it “destroys women’s rights and religious freedom,” and is “evil.”

Greene on Wednesday bragged on Twitter that she had just made a motion to adjourn, in a lame attempt to derail the legislation from moving forward.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez blasted and mocked her, saying, “You could just vote ‘no’ instead of trying to get out of work early.”

And she reminded Greene that trans women are women.

AOC did not stop there.

Last week AOC made headlines after raising over $5 million for the people of Texas harmed by the deadly storm and lack of power and running water.

 

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Biden Moving Quickly to Fire Postmaster General as DeJoy Tells Dems to ‘Get Used To Me’

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President Joe Biden is moving quickly to fire Louis DeJoy. Or rather, since the President does not have the power to fire a Postmaster General, he is moving quickly to have him terminated.

Biden is set to nominate three candidates to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, giving Democrats a majority, The Washington Post reports.

The President “will nominate Ron Stroman, the Postal Service’s recently retired deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, the chief executive of National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union,” the Post reports.

McReynolds’ inclusion was hailed, given her work as a voting rights advocate.

Earlier Wednesday DeJoy snarkily told Democrats they will have to “get used to” him, saying he has no plans to resign despite the millions of dollars of damage to postal machines he caused, and despite the massive delays in mail delivery times he created. Many believe those actions were taken after President Donald Trump waged war on mail-in voting which Democrats advocated for to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. It was, many say, a concerted effort to undermine the election.

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Connolly Destroys Jim Jordan: ‘I Didn’t Vote to Overturn an Election and I Will Not Be Lectured by People Who Did’

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U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) slammed his Republican colleagues for “gaslighting” during Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing on the USPS, which featured testimony by embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Connolly spoke following U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jody Hice (R-GA). Hice defended DeJoy to the hilt, falsely attacking Democrats for what he said was their “nonsensical, insane, rabid rhetoric.”

“We’ve got to get away from the attacks and the unfounded allegations and I’m pleased to hear that you, as an admitted Democrat, understand that the allegations against Mr. DeJoy were unwarranted,” Hice told a witness.

Hice also claimed that if DeJoy had tried to “alter” the election “he miserably failed.” He also falsely claimed the postal service succeeded “with almost perfect delivery” of mail-in ballots.

That was the tenor of the hearing.

Later, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (D-OH) was the one to engage in gaslighting, and Congressman Connolly had had enough:

“All the gaslighting that we just heard does not change the facts,” he said, scorching Jordan.

“I didn’t vote to overturn an election. And I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.”

Connolly later weighed in, re-tweeting the video and saying, “Sorry, you lose the right to complain about partisanship once you’ve fanned the flames of violent insurrection.”

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