Last week on our Facebook page, Truth Wins Out pointed to a newly released “study” by the antigay Family Research Council (PDF document). FRC claimed that a 2002-2003 research study by the Centers for Disease Control supported the Christian Right’s contention that sexual orientation is determined by whether or not children are raised by a mother and a father and made to attend a “Christian” (aka ideologically and politically conservative) church every week.
Our friends at Box Turtle Bulletin have helpfully confirmed that FRC was lying about the earlier study.
1. FRC misled its audience about the ideological and sexual makeup of the churches being studied.
2. The difference in upbringing resulted in a statistically insignificant — virtually non-existent — difference in orientation, a difference far too small to suggest any relationship, much less causation.