Ok, the title is obviously a combined reference to the Christian organization “Focus on the Family” and a book written by author, Al Franken. In July of this year, Senator, Al Franken, squared off against Thomas Minnery, senior vice president of Government and Public Policy for the Christian organization, Focus on the Family, an “expert witness” called to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senator, Al Franken, took exception to Mr. Minnery’s testimony, when he, Al Franken, took the time to read the study that Mr. Minnery had cited. It seems that the Senator, Al Franken, recognized that Mr. Minnery, senior vice president of Government and Public Policy for the Christian organization, Focus on the Family, had publicly and dishonestly, and before a Senate Judiciary Committee, misrepresented a Federal study published by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senator, Al Franken, does not seem to approve of lying to a Senate Judiciary Committee. Here is the video, followed by the transcript. (Let me add that his, Al Franken‘s, comedic timing is spot-on, as always)
Sen Franken: Mr. Minnery, on page 8 of your written testimony, you write quote “Children living in their own biological or adoptive mothers – with their own – biological and or adoptive mothers and fathers are generally healthier and happier, have better access to health care, less likely to suffer mild to severe emotional problems, do better in school, were protected from physical, emotional and sexual abuse and almost never live in poverty, compared to children in any other family form. You cite a Department of Health and Human Services study, that I have right here, from December 2010, to support this conclusion. I [pause] checked the study out. And I would like to enter it into the record.
And it actually doesn’t say what you said it says. It says that nuclear families – not opposite sex married families – are associated with those positive outcomes. Isn’t it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same sex couple who has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?
Mr. Minnery: I would think that the study, when it cites nuclear families, would mean a family headed by a husband and wife.
Sen Franken: It doesn’t. [laughter] The study defines nuclear family as “one or more children living with two parents” who are married to each other, and who are each biological or adoptive parents of all the children in the family. And I frankly don’t know how we can trust the rest of your testimony, if you are reading studies this way.
Once again kids, the noise that you just heard was the sound of a slap-down of yet another Liar for Jesus.
Oh, and let me add this excerpt from the bio of Thomas Minnery from the “Alliance Defense Fund” website. And I quote . . .
A founding member of the ADF Board of Directors and former chairman of the board, Minnery currently serves as member-at-large. His interest in ADF was most influenced by what he believes is the need to reclaim the court system for Christian moral principles.
I suppose that “Christian moral principles” include lying to Congress.
- Senator Franken Takes Down Tom Minnery At Senate Hearing (bilerico.com)
- Video: Al Franken Exposes Focus on the Family Spokesman As Liar (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Al Franken Goes Nuclear on Focus on the Family – in a Funny Way (queerty.com)
- Sen. Al Franken Destroys Focus On The Family’s Tom Minnery during DOMA hearing (pinkbananaworld.com)