Reparative Therapy: A Cure for a Nonexistent Disease

There’s been an increase in news reports concerning reparative therapy for  homosexuals, even such heinous methods as exorcisms being performed to “loose the gay demon” from the alleged victim.   The goal, of course, is to “cure” the individual of homosexuality.  Reparative therapies are even touted sometimes as medical science and there are several organizations that present themselves as legitimate practitioners of mental health. This is in spite of the fact that every single legitimate mental health organization has repositioned itself to state that homosexuality is not a mental illness, thus requiring no cure.  These “therapies” are religiously motivated pseudo-sciences based on the erroneous premise that homosexuality is an unnatural disease or disorder.  These programs run the gamut from lengthily structured sessions in a clinical atmosphere which include immersion in prayer, bible study and repetitive mantras all the way to decidedly unstructured programs involving a call to “repent” or suffer a cure that has a very familiar “final solution” ring.

For the last quarter century or so, mental health practitioners and researchers have been highly critical of attempts to change sexual orientation. Not only have reparative therapies been summarily rejected as ineffective, but they have been cited as destructive, in most cases resulting in depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.

Reparative therapies are mainly offered by “ex-gay” ministries which are usually run by actual homosexuals who are in denial of who and what they are.   It is not uncommon for religious homosexuals to be homophobic themselves, and the recent exposure of several prominent anti-homosexual ministers caught with their pants down, so to speak, screams fabulously about the futility of lying not only to yourself, but to everyone else except, of course, the people you are having sex with.

At the core of these “ex-gay” ministries lie the doctrinal statements that homosexuality is an especially egregious sin, and thus an abomination to god.  In many countries, those who are found “guilty” are punished by death.   While Science does not yet fully understand how a particular sexual orientation presents in any individual, there are many hypothesis being studied, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors and complex interactions of biological, psychological and social factors. What we do know is that sexual orientation is not a choice.  It emerges for most people in early adolescence without any prior sexual experience, and psychologists do not consider sexual orientation to be a conscious choice nor associated with any emotional or social problems.

There have also been many comparative studies between homosexual parents and heterosexual parents that reveal no developmental differences between the two groups of children in their intelligence, psychological adjustment, social adjustment, popularity with friends or their sexual orientation. In fact, it has been shown in many cases where children of homosexual parents have fared better in several areas of development. The reported success rates of the conversion of  homosexuals to heterosexual orientation proves false under close scrutiny.  These reports are from an ideological perspective on sexual orientation, not from the scientific perspective of real mental health researchers. Their treatments are poorly documented and the post-treatment follow-up time is too short.

This issue rings like an organized crime scheme where the mob collects protection money from local merchants to pay for protection against the mob.  It’s circular logic, which is a cornerstone of religious belief.   The church offers reparative therapy to homosexuals to cure them of an imaginary illness that has been invented by the church.  Homosexuals are not broken, and thus do not need to be repaired.  These reparative therapy “ministries” prey on those who have been emotionally wounded by religion and many who turn to these conversion ministries end up with a life of continual guilt and despair. It has been estimated that 30% of homosexual teenagers attempt suicide due to being guilt ridden by the self-loathing education that is the result of two-thousand years of church-inspired homophobia.  Reparative therapy is nothing more than relabeled snake oil and is being sold to the homosexual community as a cure for a non-existent illness.

  7 comments for “Reparative Therapy: A Cure for a Nonexistent Disease

  1. Roy Tripp
    July 8, 2010 at 8:02 am

    This is inhumane. Just another reason these kind of religious zealots disgust me. How humans can live with themselves after doing this, and probably profiting from it, to their fellow woman/man. If their is a God, this kind of behaviour surely insults Her. It is unGodly.

  2. Sandman
    July 9, 2010 at 7:13 am

    As Ive said before, look to your history my US based mates. See a constant need for an “enemy”. First it was the Indians, then after the post Civil War settlements it became the emancipated blacks. Then after a short dance with the commies at the same time you finally passed laws, so the right needs a new enemy… lets burn the fags. In a few years you will finally wake up and pass new laws to ensure gays have proper full rights, and the Right will need a new enemy…. step up… atheists? Evolutionists?

    Does it make that Pledge choke in your throat? It should damn well do! Liberty and Justice For All my arse!

    The only positive in this?

    A piece by Lauri Lebo I read about a 10 year old lad who made a stand and sat the hell down, refusing to say the pledge because he refused to be a hypocrite. A 10 year old standing up for what is right.

    Man if a frickin 10 year old can see that this is wrong… why cant his elders?

    That young lad is your saving grace.

    • Sandman
      July 9, 2010 at 7:16 am

      Ah and Im not being anti-american here. Im an ex-pat resident in Thailand, and recently started a thread on the local ex-pat board about the same stuff.

      I was pretty horrified by most of the opinions posted.

      Seems idiocy is a human trait not exclusive to you guys.

  3. July 12, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I think that if a person wants to choose to be heterosexual or homosexual that they should be able to throw whatever money they want away at attempting to do so. Kind of like how some dark skinned people throw away money lightening their skin. If it gives the person whatever misdirected confidence in themselves to “feel” homosexual or heterosexual, then bully for them.

    Kind of like people who want to piss of their dads by saying their gay, give them some books and tapes to “make them gay” and then they feel good about themselves. Although, saying that they are wont make them so, at least they can say they tried.

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