The ABC falsely claimed our worst wife beaters were evangelical Christians who went to church sporadically.
The academic whose work the ABC cherry-picked, Professor Bradford Wilcox, says the ABC anti-Christian series of reports that relied on that central – and false – claim “fails the basic journalistic test of fairness”:
On the one hand, the church is charged with “both enabling and concealing (domestic violence)”…
But it also states: “Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically.” Here, they are drawing on my research on religion and American marriages (they neither contacted me nor mentioned me in the story, even though they relied heavily on my empirical findings). They speculate that it’s the kind of men “who are often on the periphery (of church life), in other words, who sometimes float between parishes or sit in the back pews”, who are most likely to abuse. That’s not the full story, if they are basing this claim on my research. In my study of the nominal evangelical husbands who were most abusive, I found that it was evangelical Protestant men who infrequently or never attended church who were most violent.
But the truth conflicted with the agenda, you see, and once again the agenda won. Christianity must be portrayed as malevolent.
Source – Bolt Report – Sky News Australia
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