Knowledge equals power, and by extension, that means that knowledge equals power which equals energy which equals mass times the speed of light squared. While that may not make much sense, think on this. If you corrupt knowledge, what you do is corrupt minds and you take away the power of those who stand below you by making it so that they do not have any power to hold on to.
This is the goal of the National Organization for Marriage. Their aim is to corrupt the knowledge of others so that they have no power to defeat them. In academia, one is suppose to be ethical, honest, and perform all studies, write all papers, and do all research in a manner that cannot be considered biased in any manner.
Too often, this is not happening. For instance, as Scott Rose over at TNCRM notes about a recent NOM-bought study:
Buried in Regnerus’s write-up of his study — which covered present-day young adults who were children up through the 1990s — is an admission that the majority of those among his survey responders who said 1) that one of their parents had had a “romantic relationships” with a same sex partner, had 2) been born to a mixed-sexual-orientation couple, whose gay or lesbian member eventually faced down the sham marriage, and came out as gay.
But this is not what his study was supposedly about. Supposedly, his study was about the effects of coming from a same-sex household. The thing is, this study was designed specifically to hurt LGBT parents in time not only for the 2012 General Election- and thus help Mitt Romney, but to help defeat anti-LGBT efforts of NOM in the various states which are either pushing for marriage equality or to try and stop them. This is an attempt to garner some legitimacy when it comes to their position because they can then point to the survey and say “see, being the child of a gay couple is bad”.
In fact, Rose notes that:
Regnerus writes in his study that negative results about gay parents were needed to counter studies that showed positive results for children of gay parents. And he says that his is the study that provides negative results. Regnerus writes: “the empirical claim that no notable differences exist” — (between children of straight and gay parents) — “must go.”
Regnerus should have his job revoked at the University of Texas. This is a man who admits his own prejudices and seeks to confirm them. At a legitimate university, such behavior would have gotten a liberal professor turned out on her rear for doing something like this, and for someone like Regnerus to get away with academic dishonesty is just abhorrent, but it goes hand in hand with the kinds of tactics that people like Brian Brown would employ. They are desperate to prove to themselves that their view of the world is the right one even if they have to lie to themselves to make it so and make others live their lies with them.