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Voice of the Voiceless report documents university discrimination

June 24, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 11, 2014

The following excerpts are from the post “Campus Climate Report: Virginia Universities and ‘Unsafe Zone’ for Students with Unwanted Same-sex Attractions” on the Voice of the Voiceless website: … “The report, which contains links to video and audio recordings, documents seven undercover visits to Virginia University LGBTQ Resource Centers made by two former homosexuals in September 2013, as well as evidence of discriminatory conduct from at least two universities towards Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), a national non-profit organization advocating for individuals with unwanted SSA and ex-gays. Click here (CCR2014-Final) to download the 86-page report.” (more…)

The Baltimore Sun reports on efforts to ban conversion therapy in Maryland

June 24, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics

May 11, 2014

The following excerpts come from the article “Therapy to change sexual orientation at center of debate in Maryland” by Kevin Rector on the The Baltimore Sun website: … “In the latest salvo aimed at Doyle and his practice, gay rights activists in Maryland say they hope to ban clinical therapy for children that is based on the notion that their sexual orientation can change. They hope to build on success banning the practice in other states, and success here in securing same-sex marriage and protections for transgender residents. … The debate played out in Annapolis in the recently concluded General Assembly session and is likely to become a top legislative priority for gay rights activists.” …

Joe Dallas – Critique of Matthew Vines Part 3

June 24, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Religious Perspective

May 9, 2014

The following excerpts are from the blog “Assessing Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian Part III – Jesus and Homosexuality” on Joe Dallas’s website: “Did Jesus Say Anything About It? If So, What? I was glad, when reading Vine’s remarks about the Gospels, to see he declined the standard revisionist arguments we’re accustomed to hearing when it comes to Jesus and homosexuality. …. But he offers instead a curious argument for a pro-homosexual view of scripture, in which he confidently states: ‘Jesus test is simple. If something bears bad fruit, it cannot be a good tree. And if something bears good fruit, then it cannot be a bad tree.’ (p. 14)” …

“So good fruit can and does come from people who are wrong in critical areas, and bad fruit can likewise come from people whose lives are generally in line with sound doctrine. I’ll be the first to agree with Vines that many homosexuals bear good fruit in their lives, sometimes more than I’ve seen in many heterosexuals. I could say the same of people involved in other equally serious moral or doctrinal errors. But bad fruit – sin, for example, of any kind – cannot be justified by the fruit-bearer’s other good qualities. It’s got to be judged on its own, weighed against a higher and holier standard.” …

Christopher Doyle responds to the failure of conversion therapy ban efforts

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

May 8, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “As Many as Nine State Legislatures Have Now Rejected SOCE Therapy Bans” by Christopher Doyle on the Voice of the Voiceless website: …“We have been following this legislation for quite some time, and were involved in the defeat of bills in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois. But recently, we learned that a few other states have quietly dismissed these measures as well, including Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. Of course, the mainstream media won’t report this news; you’ll only hear about it on this website. …. In Hawaii, the bill was ‘deferred’ by the committee, ultimately causing it to die in this year’s session. … In Wisconsin, SB481 ‘failed to pass pursuant to Joint Senate Resolution 1.’ … Meanwhile, thanks to efforts from Equality And Justice For All, the bill in Pennsylvania has little chance of getting a hearing and out of committee, and in Ohio, a similar fate will likely befall SB 188. That leaves Massachusetts, Vermont, Florida, Washington, DC and New York,” …

Andrew Comiskey calls out President Obama

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 7, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “Caught in the Obama-snare” by Andrew Comiskey in the PFOX Spring 2014 newsletter: A nation whose head cannot distinguish between ethnicity and sexual identity is in big trouble. Race is immutable and inspired by God; sexual identity variations (LGBTSQ, etc.) are man-made, elastic constructs designed to either work out inner conflicts or expand one’s sexual consumerism. To equate skin color and sexual identity is superficial, weak reasoning that is unjust to oppressed ethnicities and broken people searching for real love and identity. …

Obama’s hand is now obvious. He is doing everything in his power to ‘queer’ America. His reasoning rests on a fault-line. As the first black president, he is confusing race with the nuances of gender identity.

Not only does such a foolish equation trivialize racial discrimination, it declares the fragile, still-evolving ‘self’ of the man or woman who wants to experiment sexually with the same gender as an ironclad identity, rather than as a moral decision. It does not deal with the destructive results these decisions may have for self and others, (especially children) subject to these questionable ‘liberties.’ …

Joe Dallas – Critique of Matthew Vines Part 2

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Relationship Advice

May 5, 2014

The following excerpts are from the blog “Assessing Matthew Vines “God and the Gay Christian” Part II: Homosexuality and Leviticus” on Joe Dallas’s website: … “Today, let’s look at God and the Gay Christian‘s take on the Book of Leviticus, and consider its merit. – Abomination in Fact — ‘You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.’ (Lev. 18:22) ‘If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death.’ (Lev. 20:13)”

“A plain reading of these verses leads to an obvious conclusion: men ought not to sexually partner with other men. And a plain reading of these chapters in their entirety underscores that conclusion. Leviticus 18 is primarily about sexual practices forbidden to the Israelites and, in fact, forbidden to believers as well in the New Testament, (more…)

Maryland delegate Jon Cardin will not release documents related to alleged misconduct

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 7, 2014

The following excerpt is from the press release “What Exactly is Maryland Delegate Jon Cardin Hiding?” on the International Healing Institute website: “Bowie, MD — Today, International Healing Foundation (IHF), a non-profit therapeutic organization in Bowie, MD expressed disappointment in Maryland Delegate Jon Cardin’s lack of transparency with the public. In a March 27 letter in response to IHF’s allegations of defamation and misconduct in reference to HB 91, a bill that sought to take away the rights of minor clients to seek counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA), Delegate Cardin stated: “I welcome any investigations you or your lawyers wish to pursue,” yet when IHF submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for key documents that would reveal any illegal or improper conduct on the Delegate’s part, he refused to release them, citing Maryland “legislative privilege.” …

Joe Dallas – Critique of Matthew Vines Part 1

June 13, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Religious Perspective

May 5, 2014

The following excerpts are from the blog “Assessing ‘God and the Gay Christian’ – Part One of Five” on Joe Dallas’s website: “Today’s church is being asked – pressured, really – to follow the culture’s lead, and the culture is leading towards wholesale approval of homosexuality. So Matthew Vine’s new book God and the Gay Christian is a fresh, eloquent, and well publicized addition to the pressure.” …

“… sexual sin matters. And it matters hugely. That’s why this book calls for scrutiny. It asks us to revise our understanding of what we’ve traditionally considered a sexual, and thereby serious, sin. If its author is right, then we need to overhaul our thinking. If he’s wrong, then his call for revision is an invitation to gross doctrinal and moral error, having the potential to deceive believers, misinform the public, and further weaken the moral climate in the Body of Christ. And that, I’d say, is a pretty big deal. So this week, we’ll be reviewing Vine’s arguments, offering responses and counterarguments, and (hopefully) some thoughts to equip readers for the conversations they’re likely to have on the subject.” (more…)

Conversion therapy bans stall across the nation

June 13, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 4, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “Gay conversion therapy bans stall across the nation” by Cheryl Wetzstein on The Washington Times website: …”A movement to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” that counsels gay children and teens on how to become straight is meeting with unexpected problems after the easy passage of bills in California and New Jersey.

… “Supporters insist they still have political momentum to pass more bans on sexual orientation change efforts for minors, with one top campaigner saying the delays at the state level are only a temporary setback.” … “But Christopher Doyle, a licensed clinical professional counselor who supports sexual orientation change efforts, said the bills were losing because of a coordinated effort by ex-gays to introduce themselves to lawmakers and talk up the potential benefits of the practice.” …

Gay on gay violence the bigger threat

June 08, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics

April 25, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “The True Legacy of Matthew Shepard” by Chad Felix Greene on the American Thinker website: “We now know that Matthew Shepard died in a drug deal with his gay lover that cold October night in Wyoming. We know the drug was crystal meth and we all know the terrible consequences of using that drug. His death was cruel and unjustified, but it was not a hate crime and it certainly was not a brilliant light shining down upon the ugly realities of a hostile and violent heterosexual population threatening gay people. Yet why do gays still hold so tightly to this narrative?”

“The liberal mindset seems to be perfectly comfortable with emotionally gratifying lies as long as they serve a purpose. The incident emboldened the gay left to push for aggressive hate crime laws, and despite being one of a small handful of gay bashing violence in the entire decade, the story has been continuously used as justification for gay fear of violence.” … (more…)