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03/02/2010

'Stop stealing our act,' says unbiased science's biggest sidestepper

by Jeremy Hooper

Do we think the organized anti-gay social conservatives were born without an adequate amount of professional self-awareness, or do we think their hypocritical assessments of their own work are merely a lifestyle choice? We ask after seeing this comment on Focus on the Family's Citizenlink "news" site:

"The APA is taking sides in a political debate without an adequate scientific basis for their stance," she said. "This is another example of a scientific organization acting politically rather than scientifically."
APA to Highlight Support of Same-Sex 'Marriage' [Citizenlink]

Now, if the above comment came from an independent scientific voice, that would be one thing. If it were on a subject detached from the speaker's own work, there might be reason to think the voice was credible. But in this case, the speaker is Julie Hamilton, the president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), and the subject is the American Psychological Association's support for the LGBT community. This is someone who makes a living taking sides in a political debate without an adequate scientific basis for [her] stance"! And this is someone who represents an organization that (a) exists solely to create a false front of support for so-called "ex-gay" therapy, (b) operates 100% outside the realm of credible science, and (c) regularly aligns itself with anti-gay political groups! And yet Hamilton, as a rep from NARTH, is casting stones at the APA, a respected body of research, for supposedly having an "agenda"?! Well, you have to admire her ability to stay in character without laughing, if not her work itself!

So we have to ask again: Is this lack of self-awareness a lifestyle choice? And if so: Might these folks be able to break free from the dangerous false witnessing lifestyle if they work hard enough at it? We'll continue to hold out hope.

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Your thoughts

(d) all of the above.

They need some "ex-anti-gay" therapy.

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Mar 2, 2010 12:04:11 PM

Maybe if they pray to Jesus he'll free them from their lifestyle choices.

Posted by: wister | Mar 2, 2010 12:35:17 PM

As one of the resident Psychologists/Psychologist-in-Training, let me be the first to say

HAHA Haterosexuals we ain't on your side no mo' no mo' all you've got left is one little bullet in the DSM and it's holding on by a thin hanging hair. By the time the the DSM-V-TR comes out around 2015 "Gender Identity Disorder" will be a thing of the past

Posted by: Bry | Mar 3, 2010 7:59:33 AM

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