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Focus on the Family Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them


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)

Transcript:
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.

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Discussion

7 thoughts on “Focus on the Family Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them

  1. I saw that video when it was discussed on the Pharyngula blog. When Franken got elected I was dubious at best – I mean, Stuart Smalley in Congress? ORLY? But after seeing that video I changed my mind about the guy. ‘Bout time someone with brains started thumping the Christards trying to reshape this country in their own image.

    Posted by Beavis Christ | September 17, 2011, 6:48 pm
    • I had read “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them”, and I also knew Franken had been a writer for Saturday Night Live for years, so I already knew that he was more than . . .

      “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me.”

      But I REALLY enjoyed watching him put Thomas Minnery on the hot-seat, where he belonged.

      I also enjoyed reading the Christian response to that rather embarrassing and public event. One girl reprimanded Al Franken for being mean, yet skipped right over Thomas Minnery lying before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Funny, that, huh?

      Posted by Xcntrik | September 18, 2011, 10:34 am
      • Funny indeed, but hardly surprising.

        In any case X, you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and dog-gone it, Christians hate you!

        Posted by Beavis Christ | September 24, 2011, 2:19 pm
      • he wasnt lying when he said he assumed that it meant husband and wife like the rest of the same group would consider, so where do you get off calling him a liar? do you think people arent smart enough to see what kind of words you are playing with? like just by saying it you can make it so, that in itself is a lie. yall are full of it! what you say is what you are type of childish retoric. sorry but everything in life that procreates and bears offspring is male and female! if there were same sex marriages in the plant and animal kingdom we wouldnt even be here. we wouldnt have meat to eat or grain or fruit or anything! not even yourselves, do you think you were begotten of two women or two males? of course not!

        Posted by charlotte lyndelle h inkle | October 3, 2011, 7:07 am
      • “he wasnt lying when he said he assumed that it meant husband and wife”

        Incorrect. By citing the study in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and functioning as an expert witness, it must be concluded that he had actually read the study.

        As Senator Franken showed, the study clearly defined a “nuclear family” and the authors of the study have verified that when asked. By intentionally misrepresenting the facts of the study, he was being dishonest.

        “Sen. Franken is right,” the lead author of the study told POLITICO. The survey did not exclude same-sex couples, said Debra L. Blackwell, Ph.D., nor did it exclude them from the “nuclear family” category provided their family met the study’s definition.
        Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59495.html#ixzz1Zkk3LoJE

        Now THEM is just the facts.

        ” 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. ”

        Thomas Minnery, senior vice president of Government and Public Policy for the Christian organization, Focus on the Family, lied to a Senate Judiciary Committee and got caught.

        And as Senator Franken said, “And I frankly don’t know how we can trust the rest of your testimony, if you are reading studies this way.”

        Posted by Xcntrik | October 3, 2011, 3:33 pm

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