Robert Knight cites nonexistent poll to make case against DADT repeal
crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
He seems to be using the issue of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to move himself back into the spotlight where he had been plaguing the lgbt community for over 30 years during sojourns with the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and the Media Research Center.
Last week, Knight made the incredibly wild accusation that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military would lead to “forced abortions.”
This week, he tries to top that accusation with one attacking the Log Cabin Republicans. He is accusing them of not being Republicans, but a group of “infiltrators” out to weaken the Republican party. I kid you not. Those are his inferences:
“It's important to understand that the Log Cabin Republicans aren't really a Republican group; they're a group of homosexual activists who are inside the Republican Party, trying to neutralize the party on the issue of homosexual activism,” he explains. “It's sort of a voluntary disarmament that they're advising the Republicans to undertake.”
He thinks it is clear that lifting the ban on homosexual service would be extremely detrimental to America's armed forces.
“This would destroy the volunteer military as we know it, because 25 percent of people in the military have said they'll either resign or they wouldn't re-enlist,” Knight reports. “It would hurt recruitment because the military draws from traditional populations that have very traditional values. It would hurt unit cohesion.”
Knight isn't skipping a beat when it comes to misleading folks. The 25 percent figure he refers to is a lie.
A reader who is in a position to know told me that the “last survey among military folks [revealed] that 25 percent won't re-up if this happens. This means that to allow [the] 2 percent of those out there who choose this lifestyle into the military, we'd lose 25 percent of the experienced military folks who have morals.”
You got that? Massie never cited a specific poll or gave the name of “the reader” who told him about the poll. For all we know, Massie could have thought up the 25 percent figure and the mysterious “reader” out of thin air.
And from what we know about World Net Daily (or as it is called in some circles –World Nut Daily due in part to its constant inferences that President Obama isn't a United States citizen), the idea that its columnists push false facts and figures isn't totally implausible.
As for Knight, a man who freely cited the discredited work of Paul Cameron, exploiting a nonexistent poll is par for the course.