Today’s New York Times has an article on reparative therapy. There’s really nothing new offered – the same old rundown of how people can’t cope with their homosexuality, go to a therapist to rid themselves of their faggot burden and the connection between ex-gays and religious movements – there are two things that we’d like to point out.
The first is a quote from Dr. Jack Drescher, who once headed the American Psychiastric Associations’ Committee of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues (what, no trannies?). Speaking of repartative therapy, Drescher notes:
Thereâ€™s not a debate in the profession on this issue. This is like creationism. You create the impression to the public as if there was a debate in the profession, which there is not.
His words, we think, fit quite nicely with what we were saying this morning with regard to pro ex-gay group PFOX and proponents of intelligent design.
Our second selection speaks for itself:
Robert Schaeffer, 44…is a former pastor who spent years secretly having sex with hundreds of men. After he discovered he was H.I.V.-positive, he divulged his secret to his Pennsylvania church and his denomination sent him to LIFE [Living in Freedom Eternally] Ministry. He began dating a woman after two years of counseling and eventually married her. He now proclaims himself to be completely free of homosexual desires.
â€œThis ministry pointed me toward the emotional roots of homosexual desire,â€ he said. â€œThe ungodly reactions to pain in my early formative years are really what I had to look at to get free of this.â€
Hmm, we wonder if they have sex. If so, do you think they use a condom? We certainly hope so. Also, do you think his wife’s a lesbian or just really wanted to get married?