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06/27/2012

Video: Focus on the Family reminds us how invested in scientifically-shunned 'change' they remain

by Jeremy Hooper

Professional "ex-gay" strategist Jeff Johnston never talks about the fact—The. KEY. FACT.—that his beloved cause has zero credible backing in the health community. He could really be talking about a person's desire/choice to stop eating Cheez Whiz and he'd be on the same scientific footing as he and colleague Carrie Gordon Earll are in this video:

The thing is? Most all of us who oppose the promotion of this anti-science are actually quite okay with anyone, for any reason, making a personal decision to steward his or her sexual orientation (or Cheez Whiz consumption) in whatever way he or she sees fit. If one wants to embrace celibacy, that is one's right. If one wants to marry the sex they admittedly don't desire while staving off that which they admittedly do, then I don't have to understand it to support it. You will hear very few LGBT activists kicking and screaming about Jeff Johnston's personal lifestyle choices.

But what these folks are not free to do is turn personal, faith-motivated ideas into fact. Into public policy. Into a safe idea that society should get behind simply because they've found enough funding and created enough like-minded groups to give the false impression of support. That's what this California proposal is about: The shared realm of actuality that we must all respect. In that realm, the idea that gays can and should "change" will never become a thing just because Focus on the Family would like it to be. Reality has a higher standard—one that's fortunately not programmed by the far-right, "pro-family" talking point machine.

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