It is well known that liberals outnumber conservatives in academia (see 12/02/2004), but sometimes, scientific studies support traditional values, not leftist ideology. Imagine the surprise of some of these researchers who went looking and found that conservative Christian family organizations have evidence to support their views.
- Sexually explicit songs: Liberals scream free speech whenever supporters of traditional values complain about the raunchiness of pop music lyrics, but researchers at Brigham Young University analyzed pop music and concluded that “degrading and sexualized music can have a deleterious effect on teens.” Isn’t that what conservatives have been warning for decades? PhysOrg quoted one of the researchers, who said, “Popular music can teach young men to be sexually aggressive and treat women as objects while often teaching young women that their value to society is to provide sexual pleasure for others.”
- Preventing malaria: Environmentalists have succeeded in forbidding poor African countries besieged by malaria to spray pesticides to kill the mosquitoes that carry the disease (see American Council on Science and Health article from 2000 by Dr. Thomas R. Gregori). A report on Science Daily now says that insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) could reduce child deaths by 23%.
- Spreading the misery: Science Daily posted a self-explanatory headline, “Couples Who Receive Government Assistance Report Less Marital Satisfaction, Commitment, U.S. Study Finds.”
- Liquor license: Another self-explanatory headline on Science Daily sounds like something an inner-city preacher might say, not researchers at UC Riverside: “Liquor Store Density Linked to Youth Homicides, U.S. Studies Find.” Indeed, “Violent crime could be reduced significantly if policymakers at the local level limit the number of neighborhood liquor stores and ban the sale of single-serve containers of alcoholic beverages,” the researchers concluded.
- War as environmental disaster: Hardly anyone would think World War II was a boon to the ecology, and certainly no one would recommend war to help the planet. Apparently fish don’t realize this, however; according to Live Science, “WWII Shipwrecks [Are] Swimming in Marine Life.” Unexpectedly, the wrecked hulls of ships sunk by U-boats off the coast of North Carolina have become boom towns for marine biology and diversity. (There must be a better way to achieve this result, though.)….
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