Glenn T. Stanton wrote an article last week for Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link.
You aren’t going to find the original article. It’s been re-worked without a peep.
Glenn T. Stanton is a Research Fellow, Global Family Formation, Focus on the Family, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
He has written 3 books, and knows better than to mangle an article, misrepresent an academic disciplineÂ and then re-write without acknowledging corrections.
But that is precisely what he did.
According to his bio he has masterâ€™s degree in interdisciplinary humanities from The University of West Florida.
Stanton’s original article appeared March 3, 2008 at CitizenLink, which is the politicalÂ publication of Focus on the Family Action in the US.
Here is the letter sent to Focus on the Family March 7, 2008. The Director of Public Affairs for The American Anthropological AssociationÂ is not happy.
Between March 3, 2008 when Stanton wrote his article to the rebuke from the AAA, threeÂ US Anthropologists spoke up publicly rebuking Stanton for his March 3rd article: The University of California at Irvineâ€™s Anthropology Chair Bill Maurer and Associate Professor Tom Boellstorff;Â Dr. Patrick M. Chapman, anthropologist and author of the upcoming book â€œThou Shalt Not Loveâ€: What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays.
Here is a piece of the original March 3rd article quoted at Box Turtle Bulletin:
Anthropologists Agree on Traditional Definition of Marriage
â€˜A family is a unit that draws from the two types of humanity, male and female.â€™
There are two definitions of marriage in todayâ€™s culture â€” one of them has been around for centuries; the other is brand new.
Glenn Stanton, director of global family formation studies at Focus on the Family, said thereâ€™s a clear consensus among anthropologists.
â€œA family is a unit that draws from the two types of humanity, male and female,â€ he said. â€œThose two parts of humanity join together, create new life and they both cooperate in the legitimization of the child, if you will, and the development of the child.â€
Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and president of the National Organization for Marriage, said gay activists want to change the definition of marriage because they say the traditional definition is irrational and bigoted.
â€œWhat does that mean down the road, if the idea that our ideas about marriage and about sexual morality generally make us the exact equivalent of bigots?â€ she asked.
â€œYou canâ€™t have a professional license in this country â€” you canâ€™t be a physician, a social worker, a teacher, a lawyer, a psychotherapist, a marriage counselor â€” if youâ€™re openly racist.â€
Like I said, while the Focus on the Family article is now re-worked, there is no acknowledgement from FotF, or Glenn T. Stanton thatÂ his articlÂ was changed to reflect the concerns of the AAA, the professors who spoke up, nor is there any indicationÂ if the researchers cited are aware of how their work was used.
Since Focus on the Family has a habit of using research for political agenda, a site has been set up to correct the record called Respect My Research.
I have a couple of questions.
Would someone please tell me what a research fellow with The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada makes and what their responsibility is?
The Institute of Marriage and Family CanadaÂ states it:
conducts, compiles and presents family research to ensure that marriage and family-friendly policies are foremost in the minds of Canadaâ€™s decision makers.
Do Canadian donors pay Mr. Stanton to make claims and then change his work withoutÂ acknowledgement of error?
This is wrong.
What Glenn T. Stanton has done is wrong.
I see no reason whyÂ Canadian evangelicals of any political stripeÂ have to sit back and not call Glenn T. Stanton and Focus on the Family CanadaÂ onÂ this generalization and blatentÂ revisionism without acknowledgement. He does not get a pass for playing by his own set of rules with other people’s academic disciplines.
I found one other article by Glenn T. Stanton at the Canadian Institute site, and did not see his name listed at Family Policy Conferences.
Andrea Mrozek is Manager of Research and Communications at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Second ‘corrected’ article at Citizen Link. Noticed by Box Turtle Bulletin March 14, 2008.
Focus on the Family Canada owesÂ readers and academicsÂ anÂ apology as does their CanadianÂ research fellow.
What did Glenn T. Stanton do?
- made blanket statements representing an academic disiplineÂ
- anthropologists agree on traditional definition of marriage
- thereâ€™s a clear consensus among anthropologists
-there are two definitions of marriage in todayâ€™s culture
-changed his article without acknowledging he was corrected by the AAA
-changed his article without acknowledging so to readers
If I receive a response from Ms. Mrozek atÂ Focus on the Family’s Institute of Marriage and Family Canada,Â in all fairnessÂ her responseÂ will be posted here.
If I have made any mistakes regarding Glenn T. Stanton’s articles, I will correct them.
It’s called transparency.
Update: Stanton says the original CitizenLink article was put up before he reviewed it and didn’t link his white paper. He doesn’t address why Focus on the Family did not tell readers changes were made.