Friday, March 10, 2006

The "Ten Percent" Myth: How The Extent Of Homosexuality Has Been Exaggerated

For many years, it's been accepted as an article of faith that 10 percent of the American population is gay, just like it's been equally accepted as another article of faith that 6 million Jews were gassed in the Holocaust. However, just as some of the specifics of the Holocaust are being challenged, so a serious challenge has arisen to the 10 percent figure.

Currently available on the Traditional Values Coalition website is a newly-released report from the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics revealing that only 2.3% of the population considers themselves homosexual. The statistics originate from a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and are based on 12,571 interviews with men and women ages 15-44. These findings were also reported in WorldNetDaily on September 16, 2005.

So how did the 10 percent figure become gospel truth? In their book, "Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate", Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse and Dr. Stanton L. Jones reveal that the 10 percent figure originated in the flawed research work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey in the late 1940s and the early 1950s. However, while Kinsey's work has been criticized because he didn't use random samples and drew samples from prison populations where homosexuality is often either opportunistic (due to unavailability of the opposite sex), or coerced , his statements about the prevalence of homosexuality have been distorted and misquoted. Kinsey himself never claimed it was 10 percent.

Some homosexual activist groups have been forced to admit that the 10 percent claim is false. This admission was posted in a Friend of the Court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas (the Texas Sodomy Case). This was the effort to get Texas' sodomy law overturned by the Court. In footnote 42 on page 16 of this brief, 31 homosexual and pro-homosexual groups admitted this falsehood by citing a study of sexual practices by the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) which revealed that only 2.8 percent of males and 1.4 percent of females identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

So why did the 10 percent figure become accepted? The truth is that the homosexual rights lobby inflated the numbers in order to inflate their influence. They adopted the survival strategy of the puffer fish, which puffs up in the presence of a larger fish in order to deter predation. In this case, the gay rights lobby "puffs up" to deter opposition. This serves as a springboard to not only construct special legal protection for homosexuals, but also to recruit our youth, particularly through the establishment of "Gay-Straight Alliance" extracurricular clubs in our schools. The courts have collaborated in the latter venture by ruling that school districts must either accept Gay-Straight clubs or disband all extracurricular clubs.

Indeed, one gay activist, Bruce Voeller, openly admits this in his book, Some Uses and Abuses of the Kinsey Scale. To quote Mr. Voeller, "...after years of our educating those who inform the public and make its laws, that concept that 10 percent of the population is gay has become generally accepted as fact. ...As with so many pieces of knowledge and myth, repeatedly telling it made it so..." However, like so many other well-intentioned groups, the Traditional Values Coalition fails to address another possible source of inspiration for gay activism. We can identify that source simply by re-stating the above quote, only this time substituting a different historical event: "...after years of our educating those who inform the public and make its laws, that concept that 6 million Jews were gassed in the Holocaust, their skins made into lampshades and their fat made into soap has become generally accepted as fact. ...As with so many pieces of knowledge and myth, repeatedly telling it made it so..." And since the Holocaust racket became the most successful racket of the 20th century, to the point where the Official Authorized Version of the Holocaust now enjoys statutory protection in several European countries, why wouldn't the gay rights lobby emulate it? Like so many other well-intentioned lobbies, the Traditional Values Coalition fails to name the Jew. The nature and degree of Jewish influence is debatable; the actuality is not.

Applicable References:

-- Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) Website Main Page
-- TVC Report: Exposed, The "10%" Homosexual Myth
-- CDC's 2002 National Survey of Family Growth
-- National Health and Social Life Survey
-- Account of Lawrence v Texas case
-- WorldNetDaily Article Sept 15, 2005

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