Christian families – in need of study?

Do we have any scientific studies comparing the outcomes of kids raised in conservative Abrahamic religious households vs. those raised in other faiths or without any religion at all? I thought not.

So how come the Catholic Conference of California is so outspoken as to declare that

“…the bishops say their position is based partly on the presumption that while all people deserve to be treated with dignity, being raised by a married mother and father is “the ideal for the well being of children.”

Seems like the pot calling the kettle black to me. Hello, any ever seen the classic film Carrie?

Religion may need to be tolerated due the First Amendment, but it certainly doesn’t need to be favored. I’m not sure at all that kids should be allowed to be adopted into or fostered by fundamentalist religious families due to the mental stress it thereby places on the most innocent and vulnerable of our population.

But if a California constitutional amendment banning those of conservative religious faiths to marry would be against the First Amendment, perhaps all we really need to do is declare homosexuality to be a matter of choice – religious choice, that is.  And sue, sue sue.


2 thoughts on “Christian families – in need of study?

  1. This twisted logic really pisses me off.

    Why should the catholic church’s view that children are better off being raised by a mother and a father stop me from entering into a civil marriage?! Having children is in no way a prerequisite for straight marriages performed by the state. Let them put as many restrictions on a marriage “sanctified” by the catholic church but stay the fuck away from me.

  2. “In discussions of the effects of parents’ sexual orientation on children, the same rather sizeable body of literature is almost always cited. There have been a hundred or more published (in one form or another) studies on homosexuality and variables related to parenting. However, a close examination of the literature and the way it is used reveal to basic problems.

    “First, the research is interpreted as support for the thesis that sexual orientation has no effect on children; however, it is used in a way that violates the logic of rigorous empirical science.

    “Second, the research itself has little scientific merit because of errors in design, subject selection, and measurement.

    “Based on these two problems, it is my professional opinion that there is no empirical support for the conclusion that parents’ sexual orientation has no effect on children. Because of this, the issue must be decided on other grounds-such as evidence about the relative quality of life in intact families, the role of fathers and the effects of fathering versus father absence, and moral and legal principles.” (Richard N Williams, Strengthening Our Families: An In-Depth Look as the Proclamation on the Family, 353)

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