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Ex-gay defends sexual orientation change efforts

August 23, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

July 22, 2013

Jeff Bennion wrote an articulate opinion piece entitled “A low attack on same-sex therapy” that was published in the New York Post. Here is an excerpt commenting on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit against Jonah: … “It’s just the opening shot in a massive legal effort to ban help for gay people — a campaign I take personally. I’m one of those people the SPLC is out to harm — by substituting its judgment about what’s good for me for my own.”

“The client’s right to determine the course of his own therapy is a touchstone of modern psychotherapy. So the effort to deny people access to this therapy not only infringes on my right to self-determination, it violates the ethical standards of every major mental-health association.” …

D.L. Foster cites similarities between the arguments of gay activists and nineteenth century slave owners

August 23, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Religious Perspective, testimony

July 22, 2013

The following excerpt is from the D.L. Foster’s article “Narrative of an American EXhomosexual” on the Gay Christian Movement Watch website: “… Slave owners cited ‘science and research’ as a legitimate reason to deny slaves freedom. They produced numerous self serving ‘studies’ (written by proslavery professionals) to proof text their wicked ideology.”

“If you’ve noticed, gay activists religiously cite the American Psychological Association’s no change doctrine as irreversible proof that no homosexual can change. If they do, it’s theorized, such a person will be emotionally damaged even to the point of suicide. Or you will also hear this: ‘you can change your behavior, but you can’t change your orientation’. These ridiculous assertions have become the basis of passing unjust laws and prohibiting counselors from helping people who want to escape the gay life plantation. So why not just tell blacks gays that change is impossible so they can life a happy life as a slave?” (more…)

Floyd Godfrey’s testimony published on People Can Change

August 23, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Homosexuality Causation, Religious Perspective, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, testimony

July21, 2013

Following is an excerpt from Floyd Godfrey’s testimony on the People Can Change website: “I learned [at an Evergreen conference in Salt Lake City] that I hadn’t been able to pray away my homosexual attractions because they were not, at their roots, a spiritual problem. The unwanted attractions were symptoms of emotional problems that I needed to resolve, not be relieved of. I hadn’t been able to force opposite-sex attractions because my more basic, core need for male identity and masculine affirmation had not yet been met adequately. Until I felt fully masculine, I would never feel “man enough” for a woman.”

Rabbi Daniel Meir Horowitz defends sexual orientation change

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Religious Perspective, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

July 20, 2013

In an essay entitled “The Arguments Against Change” Rabbi Daniel Meir Horowitz analyzed four arguments against sexual orientation change: 1. Homosexuality is genetic; 2. Sexual orientation change won’t work; 3. Sexual orientation change is discriminatory; and 4; Sexual orientation change is expensive. Following is his conclusion: “In conclusion, it appears that there is no logical reason for recrimination against those who choose to change. No peer-reviewed study (or any study, for that matter) has proven reparative therapy to be totally ineffective. So long as someone goes into it with a clear motivation, an understanding of the probable outcomes and a commitment to do what is necessary, who are we to impugn them? There are no universal truths for what works best for every person. Let us allow those who choose to be gay to live in peace, and let us allow those who choose to attempt change to live in peace as well. And most importantly, let us allow all those who are undecided to know of BOTH options, so that they can make informed choices for themselves.”

Randy Thomas applauds USA Today article

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Religious Perspective

July 18, 2013

On his blog titled “Some Christians Shift on Gays – Alan Chambers in USA Today” Randy Thomas pointed out his favorite quote from Tom Krattenmaker’s column in USA Today: “A couple of years ago, in announcing Exodus International’s resignation from the anti-gay ‘Day of Truth’ in high schools, Chambers said, ‘We need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace, while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated.’ Now, in launching his Reduce Fear campaign, he again draws from the Bible. Exodus, he says, has been ‘imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical. From a Judeo-Christian perspective, gay, straight or otherwise, we’re all prodigal sons and daughters. … God is calling us to … welcome everyone, to love unhindered.'”

(Analysis by Ex-Gay Truth editor Thomas Coy: Alan is right in saying that all Christians are prodigal sons and daughters. (more…)

USA Today column exaggerates the impact of Exodus International shutting down

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

July 18, 2013

Analysis by Ex-Gay Truth editor Thomas Coy: The USA Today column by Tom Krattenmaker gave the impression that Exodus International controlled the ministries under its umbrella and that most of these ministries will close when Exodus International closes its doors, much to Krattenmaker’s approval. Krattenmaker wrote “Other less-known reparative-therapy ministries will carry on the work that Exodus abandoned.”

The truth is that there are no reports of any of the 260± independent ministries under the former Exodus umbrella closing. Many of these ministries have joined together under a new umbrella organization called Restored Hope Network. In fact, Restored Hope Network was formed two years ago in response to the direction Alan Chambers was taking Exodus International. (more…)

Dr. Nicholas Cummings interviewed about the JONAH case

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

July 18, 2013

The following excerpts are from the article “Same-Sex Desire: Hardwired With No Hope for Change?” by Sue Ellen Browder on the National Catholic Register website: … “In an interview with the Register, [Nicholas] Cummings expressed dismay that the American Psychological Association would allow its task force’s statements to be misused by the SPLC and others as ‘proof’ the therapy should be outlawed. ‘The APA hasn’t flatly come out and said that reparative therapy should be illegal,’ Cummings said. ‘But it is certainly supporting of all those who say that.’”

“Cummings said that since he was APA president in 1979-80, the organization has been ‘totally hijacked’ by the homosexual/lesbian political lobby. (more…)

NARTH will oppose New Jersey “Change Therapy” Bill

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

July 17, 2013

The following are excerpt is from the statement “NARTH Stands Ready to File Lawsuit Against New Jersey ‘Change Therapy’ Bill” on the NARTH website: “Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have passed A3371/S2278 – a bill to ban the right of parents to take their children to therapists who might assist the adolescent or child with their unwanted homosexual attractions. This legislation is similar to the California efforts to ban adolescent therapy that is currently before the Ninth Circuit Court on appeal because of the proactive efforts of NARTH and several NARTH clinicians who are being represented in this action by Liberty Counsel. … Once again, NARTH stands ready to work with Liberty Counsel to file a lawsuit to stop the implementation of this legislation if the Governor were to sign the bill into law.”

Former lesbian argues that the ex-gay movement has not weakened

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Religious Perspective, testimony

July 16, 2103

The following excerpt is from the article “Ex-Gay Movement, Alive, Strong, and Moving Forward!” by Linda Jernigan on the Illinois Family Institute website: “It is the opinion of some that the ex-gay movement is dead or near death following the cowardly retreat of Exodus International. I am here to declare emphatically that nothing could be further from the truth. Ex-homosexuals are more focused and more determined than ever to ensure our message is transmitted globally to the ears and hearts of homosexuals everywhere.” (more…)

Ex-gay Pride Month video by Christopher Doyle

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News

July 12, 2013

Ex-gay and therapist Christopher Doyle talks to people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., including a former drag queen. Click here.