September 9th, 2009

Macbeth the Usurper

First Day of School

Hers Truly went to preschool today. She had fun. (Just two months ago, she still melted down when Jenny left her in daycare at church.)

Her teacher's opinion? That girl sure likes to dance! Oh, yea, we have a dancing fool on our hands.
Macbeth the Usurper

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Here's a quote from the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/09/AR2009090901724.html?hpid=topnews

<i>One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The study, by researchers at Baylor University, found that the problem is so pervasive that it almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations and religious traditions and a wide range of spiritual leaders.</i>

Let's do a little math. 1/33 = 3%

In what world does 3% make a pervasive problem?

Abuse of power? Yeah, I'm against that. Using your position to manipulate others? I'm against that, too. Getting worried over 3%? No.

Let's dig deeper. If one womanizer hits on ten women in a year, over a 30 year career, he hits on 300 women. Just a few womanizers can make it look like many clergy are frothing sex maniacs. That makes the 1/33 number fairly useless as a metric.

As research goes, this appears quite sloppy. And when an English Major criticizes your math and your methods, you know that something is horribly wrong with  your conclusion.