Posted on | April 25, 2013 by J.C. von Krempach, J.D. |
The Vienna-based EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is expected to publish this week the result of a so-called “LGBT-Survey” that already at the time when it was conducted has provoked serious criticism with regard to its profoundly unscientific and manipulative approach. As observers (including this blog) warned, the study seemed set to become an instrument of cheap propaganda rather than the result of serious inquiry.
It transpires from information that has been made available in anticipation of the Survey’s official presentation on 17 May 2013 that those concerns over the propagandistic and manipulative purposes it appeared to serve were fully justified.
For a more comprehensive critique of the methodology, we refer to our previous blog entry. As a summary it can be said that the Study is not based on any verifiable facts at all, but retains the subjective perceptions of anonymous respondents identifying themselves as gay, lesbian, transsexual, intersexual, or otherwise “diversely oriented”. There was no firewall to prevent a participant from sending multiple responses.
At the same time, responses from the non-LGBT rest of society were not welcome.
The questions in the survey were drafted in such a way that it would have been difficult to avoid giving answers that could not be interpreted as a “proof” for the FRA’s pre-ordained opinion that LGBT people are particularly frequent victims of “discrimination”, or even worse, of “hate crimes”. This will subsequently be used as a basis for a push for novel legislation that might confer a special status to all “sexual minorities”, thus effectively reducing all other persons to the status of second class citizens who are less deserving of protection, but always placed under a pre-emptive suspicion of being potential “homophobes” or “discriminators”.
According to sources at the FRA, 93.000 persons have responded to the Survey (although, as mentioned there was no mechanism to filter out multiple responses), of which roughly one quarter (i.e. 23.000) claim to have been victims or witnesses of “physical assaults”.
Those physical assaults do not seem to appear anywhere in the police statistics. (Apparently it requires an anonymous survey to report them…).
It is furthermore unclear whether those reported assaults all took place within one specific period of time (e.g. in the year 2011), or whether they took place in some more or less distant past.
To put this into perspective, it suffices to look into the crime statistics published by one EU Member State. In Germany, for example, the Federal Office for Criminal Investigation (Bundeskriminalamt) each year publishes a detailed statistical report, the “Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik” (PKS).
According to the PKS for 2011 there has been a total of 5.990.679 reported criminal cases in that year, of which 197.030 involved serious physical violence – ranging from “murder and manslaughter” (2.174 cases) to “rape and sexual assaults” (7.539 cases) to “assaults causing serious bodily injuries” (139.091 cases). By contrast, “assaults resulting in light injuries” (374.367 cases in 2011) were listed as a separate category.
Knowing that Germany, with 81 million inhabitants, represents roughly 16% of the EU’s population and assuming that the incidence of crime (including “homophobic hate crimes”) is not higher there than elsewhere), one wonders which significance can be attributed to the alleged 23.000 physical assaults against LGBT people in the FRA survey. 16% of 23.000 would be 3.680 assaults – but (even supposing they all took place in reality, and that there was no multiple responding to the survey) are we sure that they all took place within one year? How many of them enter into which category? How many of them actually resulted in any physical injury (as opposed to just “harassing” a person)?
Given that the LGBT lobby (of course only when it seems politically convenient for them to affirm their great numbers…) often claims that 10% of the population are gay or lesbian, would 3.680 assaults against LGBT persons per annum – in comparison to a total of 570.000 reported crimes involving various degrees of violence – not actually indicate that LGBT persons are less frequently attacked than other people?
Taken as a whole, the results of the Study, even admitting (which is in fact not the case) that they were obtained according to a scientific methodology, do not appear to indicate that “discrimination” or “hate crime” against LGBT persons is a particularly pressing problem in Europe.
The FRA’s LGBT Survey raises more questions than it answers. The most pressing of these is whether the European taxpayer should continue funding this agency. In this context it should be noted that the Survey reportedly cost 370.000 Euro, of which a considerable part was used to cross-subsidize ILGA-Europe, a fake “non-governmental organization”, whose task it was to mobilize their constituency to “tell their story” as “discrimination victims”.