November 17, 2017
You've heard of "fake news," but what about fake science? That's been around even longer, thanks to liberals. Desperate to prop up their unpopular or unnatural agendas, the Left resorts to all kinds of statistical manipulation to persuade people that their arguments are legitimate. They insist the science is "settled" on hot-button topics like abortion, the environment, homosexuality, or same-sex marriage. And they're right. It is settled -- but not on their side!
From when life begins to what your gender is, conservatives are fed up with the lies the Left is using to shut them up. The Center for Family and Human Rights's Austin Ruse was so frustrated with this coordinated effort that he wrote a book to expose it: Fake Science: Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data. Yesterday, he stopped by "Washington Watch" and explained why liberals feel like they need to twist the truth. (Check out the full segment here.)
"What's behind it is an ideology that, in our scientific age, needs scientific facts to back them up -- when in fact, they don't exist. The language of our age... is science, and if you don't come to a political argument with a study in hand -- or two or three -- then you're in trouble. People automatically want to know what the science says and what the social science says. And what's driving it is a Leftist political agenda in search of arguments that will convince the public. And therefore they go out and either create these studies or commission studies that tend to be phony... Either the sample sizes are too small or the sample sizes are drawn from sympathetic audiences -- there's a whole lot of ways to game these studies, mostly in social science... A lot of the things they're trying to prove are not really provable, and so they have to rely on fake science."
For years, the far Left has tried to pin the anti-science label on conservatives, but the irony, Austin points out, is that "not only is the other side making things up, but science generally confirms the things we believe -- like natural law... In the work that you and I do, we run across this all the time. On homosexuality, for instance, [they tell us] it's inborn, and if you don't believe it's inborn and immutable, then you're a hater. But science doesn't show it's inborn or that it's immutable..."
The Left claims to be the party of science, but some won't even acknowledge basic biology! In the battle over gender identity, they can't accept that our sex is determined by our chromosomes at birth. They think it's defined by feelings! And unfortunately, Austin explains, fake science is even more dangerous than fake news because scientific statistics -- no matter their dubious origins -- tend to lodge in our brains and stay there. Fake news, on the other hand, is just superseded by the next news cycle.
In other words, conservatives have to fight even harder to be heard! Consider partnering with FRC as we speak truth into a culture -- and Capitol -- that desperately needs it. Our work depends on people like you.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.