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That Term “Witch Hunt,” I Do Not Think…

[ 44 ] July 25, 2012 |

Shorter Christian Smith: “If academic freedom means anything, it’s that published work should be completely beyond criticism, even when a researcher draws inferences from data that the data plainly cannot support and writes popular articles further defending these unsupportable inferences. Why won’t his hardcore leftist critics, like known Trotskyite Walter Olson, leave him allooooone?”

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  1. misterbones says:

    “punished work”?

  2. DrDick says:

    In the conservative’s world, you cannot ever criticize anything that they agree with, regardless of how poorly sourced or researched, or you are just a bigot unfairly persecuting the brave and righteous conservatives.

  3. Sherm says:

    Well, at least he hadn’t received substantial grant money from a group which would have wanted to reach his conclusion.

  4. rea says:

    Heaven forbid that anyone should respond to a scientific paper by critiquing its methodology.

  5. Cody says:

    Shorter Christian Smith: “Who would use a study like this to advance politics, this just proves everything I know about all those filthy left-wingers!”

  6. mark f says:

    It makes him a heretic, a traitor—and so he must be thrown under the bus.

    Just like they did in Salem and Cordoba!

  7. teachergriff says:

    Academic freedom, like freedom of speech, allows you to say whatever you want. It does not, however, protect you from criticism in the first case or consequences in the second.

    I’m so sick of people who think that their rights come with no responsibilities. And if you can’t take some criticism, well, grow a thicker skin or get out of academia. Sheesh.

    • Dave says:

      Actually, no. Academic freedom means the right to carry out credible, methodologically-sound [by whatever criteria your discipline uses] research, and to teach within the bounds of disciplinary disagreement by whatever means you see fit, without being fired. Talking sh*t isn’t covered. That comes under wingnut welfare.

    • Furious Jorge says:

      You’re an idiot.

  8. Professor Know-It-All says:

    I’m with you.

    Everybody here knows that parents have absolutely no influence on the children growing up.

  9. Sherm says:

    It’s stupid

    “It’s” must now be a pronoun.

  10. Eli Rabett says:

    Smith was Regnerus’ doctoral advisor but, interestingly enough, has disowned him, at least for the purposes of the Chronicle. Given the recent serial unpleasantness there, there appear to be some editorial shenanigans.

  11. Glenn says:

    Not that anyone is going to still be reading this old post, but if they do, an internal audit by the publisher of Regnerus’ “study” has called it — literally — “bullshit”

    http://chronicle.com/blogs/percolator/controversial-gay-parenting-study-is-severely-flawed-journals-audit-finds/30255

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