Thursday, July 28, 2005

Jerry Falwell Endorses Forced Reparative Therapy

(Link) As featured speaker of Exodus International, the anti-Tinky Winky Reverend also says letting teens identify as gay is as dangerous as letting them play on the interstate.

3 comments:

LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
By Eartha Jane Melzer
Southern Voice

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Speaking at a conference of Exodus International, the largest religious group promoting the idea that gays can can change their sexual orientation, Rev. Jerry Falwell endorsed forcing gay kids into counseling designed to change their sexual orientation.

Falwell compared allowing a child to identify as gay with allowing children to play on the interstate and dismissed psychologists’ claims that consent is fundamental to a healthy counseling relationship and that parents should not force their gay kids into therapy.

Exodus International’s 30th annual Freedom Conference took place last week at the Baptist Ridgecrest conference center near Asheville, North Carolina.

Around a thousand people participated in the weeklong program that featured workshops on spiritual warfare, fulfilling traditional gender roles and organizing as a political movement.

This years conference had a higher than usual profile because one of Exodus member ministries, Love in Action, is under investigation by the Tennessee Department of Health for violations of state law. Love in Action advertised therapeutic counseling to treat homosexuality as well as drug, alcohol and porn addiction.

Concerns about safety and professionalism at Love in Action
were raised after a 16-year-old Tennessee teen blogged that his parents were forcing him into an unconventional program intended to turn him straight.

pinkpurlgrrl said...

Bloody hell. This is persecution, bald and open.

LNewsEditor said...

No cheese, PinkPurl! Check out the front page here today and read the last paragraph. Oprah's getting in on it, and something tells me she'll push more buttons than all us angry homos combined.