Galileo trial: history repeatsTuesday, May 15, 2012
“In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo was disgraced and confined to home for the rest of his life – all because of his ‘politically incorrect’ opinion that the earth revolves around the sun,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Nearly 400 years later, we are seeing history repeat itself.
“Leading Victorian psychiatrist Dr Kuruvilla George has resigned from the board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, after ‘politically correct’ colleagues made his position untenable,” Mrs Phillips said.
“Dr George’s ‘crime’ had been to co-sign a submission with other respected health professionals, pointing out the risks involved in the current social experiment to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’, thereby normalising homosexual behaviour.”
Mrs Phillips said there is well-documented evidence that children do best when raised by both natural parents who are married to each other. Among this research is an Australian study by Professor Sotirios Sarantakos, who investigated children raised in three different contexts – with their natural married parents; with their natural cohabiting parents; with same-sex “parents”.
“The parents were carefully matched for education levels and socio-economic status, and the children were assessed by independent observers,” Ros Phillips said.
“On almost every measure, children raised by their natural married parents did best. Children raised in same-sex couple homes did worst.”*
Mrs Phillips said that this study has good methodology, with carefully matched control groups. “Most of the homosexual parenting research cited by groups like the AMA fails this test,” she said. “Many of these studies are skewed by volunteer bias, or invalid controls, or the evaluation is done by the same-sex couples themselves,” she said.
Ros Phillips said the health risks associated with homosexual behaviour are well-documented. “We ignore these risks at our peril,” she said. “Dr George is being punished for telling the truth.”
* Sarantakos, S, “Children in three contexts”, Children Australia, 21(3), 1996
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