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Alternative to the Boy Scouts in the works

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Religious Perspective

July 12, 2013

The following excerpts are from the article “Non-sexualized Boy Scouts alternative launched” by Matt Barber on the World Net Daily website: … “On Saturday, June 29, I, along with nearly 50 top Christian, youth and scouting leaders from across the nation, took part in a private, landmark meeting in Louisville, Ky. The meeting was convened to lay the groundwork for a principled, values-based scout-like youth character development program for young men. Although some finishing touches remain (such as the organization’s official name), a press conference was recently held in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of this exciting new organization.”

“‘Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens,’ notes the news release.” (more…)

Study looks at how faith in God affects therapy

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Religious Perspective

July 10, 2013

The following excerpts are from the article “How Faith Can Affect Therapy” By Ashley Taylor on the New York Times website: … “‘Patients who had higher levels of belief in God demonstrated more effects of treatment,’ said the study’s lead author, David H. Rosmarin, a psychologist at McLean Hospital and director of the Center for Anxiety in New York. ‘They seemed to get more bang for their buck, so to speak.’”

“One possible reason for this, he said, is that ‘patients who had more faith in God also had more faith in treatment. They were more likely to believe that the treatment would help them, and they were more likely to see it as credible and real.’” (more…)

New Jersey bill could harm children who have been molested

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

July 10, 2013

The following PFOX News Release “Harming Already Molested Children” is reprinted in its entirety: For every concerned American: Legislation A3371/S2278, the bill to ban heterosexual counseling efforts to change minors’ sexual orientation, has passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature. This New Jersey bill would deny non-homosexual help to children who have suffered sexual abuse. If parents take their children to unlicensed counselors in New Jersey or licensed counselors out of state, they could, under this bill, be reported to the authorities for “endangering the welfare of a child.” (more…)

HIV continues to be a gay epidemic

August 20, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

July 8, 2013

The following excerpts are from the article “CDC warns gay men of ‘epidemic’ HIV rates” by Thaddeus Baklinski on the “A fact sheet released at the end of June by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that HIV rates, already at epidemic proportions, are continuing to climb steadily among men who have sex with men (MSM). “Gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” says Jonathan Mermin, the director of the CDC’s division of HIV/AIDS prevention.”

“The CDC notes that while homosexual men make up only a very small percentage of the male population (4%), MSM account for over three-quarters of all new HIV infections, and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010 (29,800).” (more…)

This month is “Ex-Gay Pride Month”

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

July 2, 2013

The following excerpts are the beginning of the article “First-Ever Ex-Gay Pride Month to Be Held in DC This Month” by Melissa Barnhart on the Christian Post website: “Members of the ex-gay community are celebrating the first-ever ‘Ex-Gay Pride Month’ and have asked President Obama to issue a proclamation to recognize the rights of the ex-gay community and to commemorate their month, just as he’s done for the LGBT community with ‘Gay Pride Month’ in June.” (more…)

Ministry explains its resignation from Exodus International and membership with Restored Hope Network

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

July 1, 2013

The following excerpts are from the July 1, 2013 Help 4 Families newsletter: “In recent weeks Help 4 Families has been receiving calls and emails to ask about our current status with Exodus International. It is important for us to address this again for the sake of others who may be asking the same question. In March of 2012 Help 4 Families resigned from the Exodus International as we had become aware of the slippery slope Exodus was sliding down. The Help 4 Families board of directors voted unanimously to resign immediately.”

“The path that Exodus has taken in the last couple years has saddened our hearts. Alan Chambers has chosen on his own authority to send a message that change is not possible for those who struggle with homosexuality and gender issues. (more…)

Client testifies about his positive experience with JONAH

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

June 30, 2013

The following excerpt is from the testimony “My Roller Coaster Ride to Freedom from Unwanted SSA” published on the JONAH website: … “Thank G-d my mom persisted and finally I attended a JONAH meeting where I heard three men who were willing to share their experiences about their journey out of unwanted SSA. I was able to identify with these men and their backgrounds. Our stories were somewhat similar in a weird way. Although I still wasn’t convinced that this work was for me, something clicked inside me and I agreed to give it a try. Little did I realize then that I was agreeing to get on the most volatile roller coaster of my life; mind you I should also say the most rewarding one as well.” (more…)

Liberty Counsel Stands Ready to File Lawsuit Against New Jersey “Change Therapy” Bill

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

June 28, 2013

The following is the entire press release from the Liberty Counsel: Trenton, NJ—Liberty Counsel sent a letter today to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urging him to veto A3371, a bill that prohibits all sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). New Jersey counselors and parents of minors receiving change therapy counseling and national counseling organizations have contacted Liberty Counsel. If the bill goes into effect, Liberty Counsel will immediately file suit. (more…)

Pediatricians – Unethical to Withhold ALL Facts from LGBTQ Youth

August 09, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

June 25, 2013

The following press release “Physicians Unethical to Withhold ALL Facts from LGBTQ Youth” is from the American College of Pediatricians website: Gainesville, Florida – June 25, 2013 – The American College of Pediatricians (the College) applauds raising awareness of the health disparities among youth who claim a non-heterosexual identity, and is committed to promoting the best for all children. However, the College disputes the recent policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) claiming that elevated health risks associated with non-heterosexual sexual activity are due primarily to social stigmatization, and that pediatricians should affirm non-heterosexual attractions in adolescents as normal. (more…)

PFOX Statement on the Demise of Exodus International

August 09, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Religious Perspective

June 24, 2013

Following is the “Statement by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) on the demise of Exodus” as published on the PFOX website: “Many of you have heard the announcement by Alan Chambers that Exodus International has closed its doors, and will no longer provide hope for families or help for those seeking to overcome unwanted same sex attractions. This announcement has brought national attention to homosexual and gender issues. I believe this is an opportunity for ex-gays to speak up and let the public know that change is possible through ministry, therapy, and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. During Exodus’ 37 years of ministry, thousands of men and women found change and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that transcended homosexual behavior. (more…)