Janice Crouse – another phony expert of the religious right
The following video is a perfect demonstration of the slick ways so-called religious right experts pass along propaganda and lies about the lgbtq community:
Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America has done this sort of thing before. Last year in fact.
And just like that time, she does not say where she got her statistics. It’s probably because she either relying on junk science or distortions of legitimate science.
When it comes to legitimate science, religious right phony experts, like Ms. Crouse here, have been known to take convenience sample studies – i.e. studies taken at STD clinics or studies in which the authors have indicated cannot be taken to generalize about the entire gay community – and distort them to demonize lgbtqs in mass.
Or when they talk about negative behaviors (i.e. suicide) and diseases in the gay community – and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council is a master at this – they are quick to cite the studies talking about these things but omit the portion of the studies which places the blame on how societal homophobia contributes to these diseases and negative behaviors.
Let’s look at Crouse’s claim that gays live 20 years less than heterosexuals (.11 seconds). My guess is that she received statistic from the 1997 Oxford study (which I have talked about more times than I can count).
Those who know of this 1997 study also know that in 2001, the authors of the work had to go on record complaining about how folks like Crouse was distorting their work.
As you can see, Crouse doesn’t really care. As long as she has something to demonize gays, she will continue to use it.
Just like every other phony religious right “expert.”