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02/20/2008

Lafferty to counselors: Why do you ignore faith-based vilification?

by Jeremy Hooper

200802201058Responding to the American Counseling Association's decision to inform gay patients of the dangers associated with seeking "change" rather than to unequivocally support the "ex-gay" movement, the Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty has issued the following remarks:

In short, the ACA is saying that anyone wishing to leave homosexuality should not be helped to do so by therapists,” said TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty. “This certainly violates a patient’s freedom of choice in therapy. Why should someone be condemned to remain in homosexuality when they seek help to leave? It’s doubtful that any ACA therapist would prohibit a heterosexual from going into a homosexual lifestyle. Apparently you can become a homosexual-behaving person, but you can’t leave the lifestyle once you’ve chosen it.

Yes that's right -- in the eyes of folks like Andrea Lafferty, straight people are simply heterosexuals, while gay people are "homosexual-behaving person[s]" who have "chosen" a "lifestyle." And yet they wonder why reasoned bodies of credible information might reject their opinions?! That's sort of like some who claims 2+2 can sometimes equal 5 if the the two numbers pray hard enough wondering why accountants choose to ignore their ideas!

The thing the "ex-gay" proponents often overlook is that their whole movement is based upon personal faith views and anecdotal testimonies (many of which really testify to celibacy, not "change"), and not even one iota of credible science. They disregard that are certain truths in science to which one must adhere. The Earth's gravity is not up for debate. The necessity of oxygen for human survival is locked-in as fact. And even though there is admittedly no concrete data that absolutely, definitively locks in a bio-genetic root for homosexuality, those who base their notions on research and evidence rather than theology almost universally come down on the side that views homosexuality as part of the spectrum of biological orientations, rather a "changeable" set of behaviors that one embraces for the sheer joy and ease that comes with gayness! So while we support the right for everyone to make their own decisions in terms of how they conduct both their sex and religious lives, it is ENRAGING to suggest that truth-based counselors should put the decades old, man-postulated "ex-gay" movement on the same footing as a biological concept that has existed for all time and history (in all animals). 2 + 2 either does or does not equal 4!

American Counseling Association Attacks Freedom Of Choice In Therapy [TVC]

**SEE ALSO: Wayne Besen is gunning for Warren Throckmorton over this same matter.

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Lafferty: "It’s doubtful that any ACA therapist would prohibit a heterosexual from going into a homosexual lifestyle."

What?! I'm pretty sure they would advise against trying to force yourself to be gay if you're straight too. "It's doubtful"? What evidence is she basing this on?

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Feb 20, 2008 8:54:48 PM

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