Bryan Fischer: Changing sexual orientation like scoring 100 points in a single NBA game

I bet Bryan Fischer would like to take this one back. Says the incomparable Mr. Fischer today comparing the change from gay to straight:

We know that it’s possible to bat .400 over the course of a major league season, because one man, Ted Williams, did it in 1941. We know that it’s possible to hit 73 home runs in a single season, because one man, Barry Bonds, did it in 2001. We know that it’s possible to score 100 points in an NBA game, because one man, Wilt Chamberlain, did it in 1962.

So what are the odds of your typical basketball enthusiast scoring 100 points in game? Of an NBA player? How about hitting over .400 in a baseball season? This analysis calculated somewhere between a 2.4 and 4.7% chance.

Of course, Fischer shows just how far he is willing to stretch the Jones and Yarhouse study by his title: Study proves gays aren’t born that way. The study says nothing of the kind and does not address causes in any way.

Fischer misuses the Jones and Yarhouse study to mislead his audience. Except that he may be closer than he realizes to getting the odds about right.

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  • Lynn David

    I bet Bryan Fischer would like to take this one back.

    Among all his other fooliish statements he has made why should he?

    This analysis calculated somewhere between a 2.4 and 4.7% chance.

    My guess at how Fischer gets past the problem. He’d say something to the effect that ‘well gays and lesbians are only about 2-3% of the population and the other 97 or so percent of heterosexuals do not need to change. So that covers all the gays and lesbians.’

  • David Blakeslee

    I played junior high basketball for 2 years and scored 1 point.

    Wilt Chamberlain had over a 20000 sexual partners.

    Bryan Fischer has been on the radio for several years and still hasn’t had 1 good idea.

  • Frank

    Bryan Fischer is to Evangelicals as David Duke is to caucasians.

  • Lynn David

    Let’s see – in the interest of more bad science/statistics….

    Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 Total Points – 20,000 Sex Partners.

    20,000 SP / 31,419 Pts = 0.627 SP / Point

    David Blakeslee 1 Pt x 0.627 SP/Pt = 0.627 SP?

    David?

    ;-)

  • David Blakeslee

    Very close! ;)

    It is important to note that the 1 point came at the “free throw” line…and Chamberlain was lousy from the stripe…so there is another variable to consider when making your calculations.

  • Bill

    How do these bigots argue that being gay is a ‘choice’ while also advocating for ‘reparative therapy?’

    If it’s just a choice, can’t a gay person just ‘choose’ to be straight?

    Do these people EVER make any sense at ALL?

  • Richard Willmer

    Say Goodnight to the folks, Gracie.

  • Jayhuck

    David,

    I played junior high basketball for 2 years and scored 1 point.

    Wilt Chamberlain had over a 20000 sexual partners.

    Bryan Fischer has been on the radio for several years and still hasn’t had 1 good idea.

    LOL :)

  • David

    The real question is whether Jones and Yarhouse will have the integrity to speak out against the distortion of their study for political purposes. I have not seen any evidence that they intend to confront those in the Christian Right who want to use their study to make broad claims about “change.” If they say nothing, they ratify these distortions with their silence.


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