The problem is that what was shown on 20/20 was not therapy at all. Licensed, ethical therapists do not force or coerce teenagers to change, nor do they manipulate desperate parents to send their kids away to be reformed.
I know what it is like to journey with a person that has severe trauma, and as a result, is conflicted with their sexual or gender identity. I have been there and experienced it myself. To be honest, it took me many years to learn how to feel good about myself.
Sadly, I was not at all surprised to see another Republican sell out conservative social values for the sake of political expediency.
Last Thursday, the seven-member jury in the trial pitting the $280 million Southern Poverty Law Center against the small Jewish non-profit, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), found JONAH guilty of 17 out of 20 counts of consumer fraud.
The second full week of the trial pitting the $340 million dollar Southern Poverty Law Center against the small non-profit group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, ended with a bang last week in Jersey City, N.J.
This Monday marked the second full week of testimony in the "Trial of the Century", pitting Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), a small, New Jersey-based Jewish non-profit organization, against the $340 million dollar Southern Poverty Law Center.
'Trial of the Century:' Media Has Already Pronounced Judgment Against JONAH for Helping Gays Go Straight
In the case, dubbed the "Trial of the Century," the SPLC is representing four former clients who are suing JONAH under New Jersey's Consumer Fraud law, alleging they were promised they would go from "gay" to "straight" in 2-4 years
Let's be honest, with 19 kids and counting, is it a surprise to any of us that one of the Duggar children would struggle with sexual immorality or addiction? How many pastors in our churches have "prodigal children" who fall into sin?
Imagine a scenario. A 15-year-old boy living in Oregon is confused about his sexuality. He's never been close to his father and doesn't fit in well with the guys at school. They like football; he likes art.
It was beyond offensive to listen to one councilmember state: "There is no such thing as an ex-gay," when eight of them were sitting before them testifying. It felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone.
As a response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' refusal to hear an appeal over the 2012 California law prohibiting Sexual Orientation Change Effort therapy for minors, it has been open season for anti-therapy activists. While anti-therapy advocates assert that "rigorous studies" have found SOCE therapy to be "harmful" and "ineffective" for minors, there is no scientific foundation for this assertion.
This commentary is in response to Gregory T. Angelo's opinion editorial, "Gay Rights in the Post Exodus Era" (9/30/2013). In his article, Mr. Angelo opines on a number of issues surrounding the science of homosexuality and Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) therapy (pejoratively known as 'conversion therapy'), neither of which he is qualified to do so as a politician. Such misinformation from gay activists, as was seen in Mr. Angelo's article, is responsible for the present clouding between science and politics.
On May 6, Citizens United Against the Jerry Sandusky Victimization Act in New Jersey, also known as Senate Bill 2278, held a press conference to blow the whistle on gay activists who are spreading false and misleading information about the nature of sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy for minors. If passed, this legislation would take away the rights of young people with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) to seek counseling from licensed mental health practitioners in New Jersey to overcome homosexual feelings.
Chances are, you have probably never heard of Anthony Muñoz. Even though he's an NFL Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman, he doesn't live an extravagant Hollywood life. But he's somewhat of a celebrity in the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky region, and this year was selected by Xavier University to give the undergraduate commencement speech on May 11. With that comes an Honorary Doctorate from the Jesuit Catholic University.
On April 1, 2013 Dr. Phil aired a show titled: "Shocking Mom Revelations." As a part of this episode, he interviewed a mother whose daughter identified as a lesbian. During the episode, the mother shared about her disapproval of her daughter's "lifestyle choice" and expressed a desire for her daughter to see a counselor to get help in exploring her same-sex attraction.
California could give gay activists exactly what they're craving: no choice, no freedom, and no way out of unwanted same-sex attractions. For a group that has fought so many years for tolerance and equality, this tyrannical direction by the LGBT lobby may backfire on them. As Nietzche once said: "Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one."
April 19 is the annual Day of Silence, when gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students (and their straight allies) refrain from speaking the entire school day in solidarity against name-calling, harassment, and bullying. Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Day of Silence has grown exponentially since 1996, when it started on the campus of the University of Virginia. Today, it now includes hundreds of thousands of students in nearly 8,000 middle and high schools, according to 2008 figures published on GLSEN's website.
On March 18, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee held a three-hour hearing on a bill that would take away the rights of minors who experience unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) to receive therapy from licensed mental health professionals. Even if they were sexually abused by the likes of pedophile Jerry Sandusky and developed SSA as a result – and do not wish to live a gay life – this law would forbid them to get help from a counselor to pursue their heterosexual potential.
Where is tolerance? Where is diversity? Where is equality? If you live in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, or Massachusetts and have a child who experiences unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA), soon you may not find tolerance, diversity, or equality there. That's because activists in these states are carefully working with sympathetic members of their state legislatures to take away your parental rights and your child's ability to receive treatment for unwanted homosexual feelings.
The episode of "Criminal Minds" on CBS followed a team of FBI investigators tracking a serial killer who is murdering women and gay men in a series of sex crimes. Titled: "Broken," it quickly became defamatory when investigators discover that the killer attended a "conversion therapy camp" as a teenager to overcome same-sex attractions (SSA).
"You Can Check-Out Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave." So says the Eagles' song Hotel California. Ironically, this memorable phrase in that 1976 classic hit has lasting implications for all those wishing to leave the gay life. I am careful to say "life" and not "lifestyle" so not to offend any gay and lesbian reading this who may be quick to cast me as a homophobe or hate-monger.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which claims to be "a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society," has been conducting a hate campaign for several years against former homosexual leaders, therapists, and persons with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA).
When I was eight years old, I was sexually abused every week for an entire year. This created a lot of sexual confusion for me. When I became a teenager, I struggled with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) as a result of that abuse.
On its face, it sounds very reasonable. What levelheaded politician (or anyone else, for that matter) would support a therapy that makes young people want to kill themselves? But when one examines the evidence underlying this law, it smells more of activism masquerading as science.
Two years ago, I wrote an opinion editorial criticizing the Day of Silence, where students, straight and gay, refrain from speaking for the entire school day to highlight the prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and the bullying they often incur . While I still agree with some of the conclusions I made in that piece, I nonetheless said many hurtful and unfair things about organizations that are helping homosexual youth.