Skip to comments.Ex-homosexuals protest APA’s view of homosexuality
Posted on 08/25/2006 2:56:54 AM PDT by FairOpinion
NEW ORLEANS (BP)Approximately 50 people from various pro-family groups protested the American Psychological Associations convention Aug. 11, opposing the organizations position that says homosexuality cannot be changed.
The fact of the matter is that there are tens of thousands of men and women just like me who have overcome homosexuality. ... Were living proof, Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, a ministry to homosexuals and ex-homosexuals, told Baptist Press. He took part in the protest in New Orleans.
APA has been one of the leading organizations to back the claims of homosexual activists. A statement on its website says that homosexuality does not require treatment and is not changeable. In addition, the statement says that close scrutiny of conversion therapies cast doubt on their claims that people have been freed from homosexuality. APA even has a Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Concerns office.
The American Psychological Association is concerned about such therapies and their potential harm to patients, the statement says.
But that statement also says clients have a right to unbiased treatment and self-determination something that Chambers and others say is not the case when it comes to APAs stance on homosexuality.
Caleb Price, research analyst at Focus on the Family, called APAs position hypocritical. Price says he identified himself as a homosexual for about 14 years but now is a Christian and heterosexual.
If they are about science and not about politics, then they should be willing to look at issues involving homosexuality in an intellectually honest way, Price, who also took part in the protest, told BP.
APAs position on homosexuality has given homosexual activists a significant boost in the national debate over such issues as homosexuality and gay marriage. The Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest homosexual activist organization, lists APAs position statements on its website, along with similar statements from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.
I think the most harm that the APA is doing is theyre using their position to steer the debate in the media and in the public to cast doubt on the tens of thousands of men and women who have changed, Chambers said. Thats unfortunate and its unfair. But what the governing board of the APA is doing doesnt resonate with the members of the APA.
Chambers said the majority of the psychologists they came in contact with were very supportive and very interested in what we were saying.
But as far at the governing board of the APA, they are the ones who dont talk about a clients right to self-determination, Chambers said. They basically say homosexuals cant change and thats the end of the story. Thats very different from what the psychologists within the movement say.
Clinton Anderson, director of the APAs Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual office, told the Associated Press that there is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed.
Price, though, strongly disagreed.
The reality is that peoples lives are changed, Price said. We are living testimonies of the fact that people can and do change.
Exodus International, Focus on the Family and other likeminded groups will protest APAs meetings in the future, Chambers said.
We hope to do these every single year until we reach our goal, which is to help the APA understand that they need to respect every clients rights, he said.
For information about the national debate over gay marriage, visit www.bpnews.net/samesexmarriage.
Well they were certain it was all genetic, but years and years of research did not bear that out. So now they simply declare it unchangeable, which is the next best thing. The left is using 'science' to advance their whacky politics in numerous areas and it is fooling more and more people.
( No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo!)
Anyone know what year was homosexuality was no longer considered a mental disorder? I thought it was the 70's but I don't recall the specific year.
They used to charge good money to treat that "disorder"
They can "rehabilitate" murderers,robbers, rapist,child molesters.
Translation: "We went back into the closet." LOL
Anyone heterosexual that thinks homosexuals can really change should ask this question: Could I become a homosexual if I wanted to do it?
Excellent page - thank you!
It's sad that with some issues, politics trumps the truth. Here's a link to a video about 5 ex-gays: I Do Exist.
Unfortunately for them, their worldview has been demolished:
Your post demonstrates that you're unaware of some very key points. Checkout the links I've posted on this thread and get back to me.
But it is like the global warming debate. The MSM and public schools will continue to pound away declaring it fact and belittling anyone who dares disagree. It worked for global warming, it will probably work for the gay agenda.
And you know this how?
Besides its a poor analogy! Proven so by the following adapted statement.
Anyone not guilty of murder that thinks murders can really change should ask this question: Could I murder someone?
A good point indeed! As we continue the fight of the global warming myth, we must continue telling everybody the truth that ex-gays do indeed exist.
ask the long term prison population. That situation is documented and followed the "when women are unavailable".
Yes, I think people can develop homosexual attractions especially from a young age. All sorts of factors can contribute such as self-esteem, neglect and abuse. It is a much more difficult task to teach an old dog new tricks though.
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