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BOOKS: Exploring The First Ex-Gay Cult In “Erasing Reason”

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    • arjuna52

      I remember in the late 70’s when I was a young actor living in New York and gay guys I knew from acting and dance classes would show up at auditions with “Victim of the Press” buttons on their lapels. AR preyed on gays and lesbians who’d been abused and often disowned by their families. I recall that AR took out an ad in the New York Times with some sort of letter from “ex” gays and lesbians. Their names were printed for the whole world to see. Sad.

      Sep 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi

      hilarious. and ignores the reality that un-loving parents create Gay Republicans.


      i wonder why there’s homosexuality in the animal kingdom.

      did the lion cub have an absentee father and an overly-protective mother? did the goose get molested by a duck? did the young penguin succumb to peer-pressures in the “liberal media”?


      Sep 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michaelbluejay

      As a correction to this article, where it says:

      “Siegel died in 1978 and AR finally back down from its conversion claims in 1990.”

      That’s not correct. AR has *never* backed down from its conversion claims. The only thing that changed was that they no longer actively *counsel* gays on how to change, and they no longer advertise that they have a “cure”. But they steadfastly believe that the study of Aesthetic Realism definitely stops homosexuality. Among their ranks are many who were “cured” in the 70s and 80s (and quickly married off to other members of the group). They’ve never said their gay-conversion efforts were wrong, and they’ve certainly never apologized for it.

      They *have* to continue to believe that AR cures gayness, because that’s what their leader claimed, and no cult ever goes against their leader. And that’s the other point that this story didn’t touch on much, which is that AR isn’t just a group that thinks it has the cure for homosexuality, it’s a full-blown *mind-control cult*. As such, they remain dangerous even though they’re no longer hawking their gay cure. The gay cure is just the tip of the iceberg. See my website “Aesthetic Realism is a Cult” for more.

      Sep 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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