Using Modern Science to Treat Homosexuality

Dec 1, 2015 by

by Mark S. Latkovic […]  Presupposing the historic truth of Christian teaching on homosexuality, there is, unfortunately, no drug available (as of yet!) that one could take in order to restore or create normal heterosexual functioning. Today, of course, the majority of psychologists and mental health care professionals deny that there is anything abnormal about homosexuality. Famously, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in the early 1970s. This was due primarily to political pressure more than anything having to do with the objective findings of an impartial psychiatric science (cf. Anatrella, p. 431). My point here is that with sexual appetites or inclinations—whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual—we are faced with a complex phenomenon that exists on a wide spectrum. It has refused to be mastered by the methods of empirical science alone. Unlike many physical diseases, one cannot, as said, just give a person...

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Our Children Need To Know That Nobody’s Gay

Nov 19, 2015 by

By Daniel Mattson, NCR: All Saints Day found me in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in a little town, north of the city. I was there to do a presentation to a parish youth group about my conversion, and how I found peace and joy in the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality. In my ministry, I’m most passionate about reaching young people. I remember growing up in an evangelical church with attractions to boys instead of girls. I didn’t know what to do about it, or if there was anyone I could talk with about it. I was horribly ashamed, since I knew instinctively that these desires weren’t the sort of desires that reflected the way God had created me, or how he had created sex to be used. Now that I’ve come back to my Father’s house, after living the life of the Prodigal Son, I long...

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Rending the Rainbow Veil: How to Make Your Church a Safe Space for Christians with Same-Sex Attraction

Nov 9, 2015 by

By Jean Lloyd, Public Discourse: Church communities should strive to be safe spaces where those with same-sex attraction can take refuge, openly sharing their experiences. We must affirm their dignity as children of God and lovingly refuse to encourage any behavior that is contrary to their good. Recently, my dear friend Diane was lamenting the fact that there are few places for Christians who experience same-sex attraction and wish to be faithful to Christian teaching to deal openly and honestly with those issues. Our culture’s sexual floodtide is breaching many individuals’ and churches’ fidelity to truth, and now, post-Obergefell, there is mounting pressure on any traditional morality “hold-outs” to give in and affirm all sexual acts as long as they are consensual. Thus “safe spaces” for Christians like Diane and me are fewer and farther between. “Safe space” is a phrase typically used by the LGBT community to describe...

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US Counselor Working on First Outcome-Based Study on Youth Who Have Undergone SOCE

Nov 7, 2015 by

From Hamilton Strategies: It’s no secret that the country’s liberal leadership and LGBTQ activists are dead-set against any type of therapy that might help someone work through unwanted same-sex attractions and gender identity confusion. In fact, last month, the federal government took an official stand in the battle over therapy rights aimed at helping youths deal with unwanted same-sex attractions, with the release of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report that condemned “conversion therapy” and called for its ban, according to the Washington Times. Then soon after, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) touted “sample legislation for state legislators and equality groups who want to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy,” according to a press release from the two groups. But those who advocate for therapy freedom and therapy equality say those...

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‘Gay cures’ are a sham, but a ban not the answer

Nov 6, 2015 by

By Fionola Meredith, Belfast Telegraph: (Ed: from a ‘liberal’ perspective) Being gay isn’t an illness, so it stands to reason that it doesn’t need a cure. But what if you’re gay and you don’t want to be? What happens then? It’s a question that’s rarely asked, let alone answered. The notion of homosexuality as an affliction, rather than something to be affirmed and even celebrated, is an offensive one to many people, especially those who are happily gay themselves. That’s why organisations like Core Issues Trust, a NI-based Christian charity which offers “therapeutic support” for people with unwanted same-sex attraction, come in for so much criticism. The Trust “upholds the right of individuals to seek professional assistance in attempting to reduce or eliminate unwanted sexual feelings”. But to some, the very existence of the charity – and others like it – is a dangerous affront, and that view is...

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Tory MP: ‘It is time to make gay conversion therapy illegal’

Nov 3, 2015 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Today: MP calling for legislation to make them illegal. Mike Freer MP listed a number of extreme gay conversion therapies which he said occurred in the UK and called on the government to ban them. Cases of exorcism, electric-shock therapies and aversion therapies, which taught the patient to associate same-sex attraction with pain or illness, are practised in the UK and must be banned, Freer said in the debate. “It is important to debunk the theory that such so-called gay-cure is just gentle counselling,” he said. “It is not acceptable to leave vulnerable men and women open to such aversion therapies” whereby a patient is forced to watch gay porn while under induced pain or sickness, he added. “It is time to say such therapies have no place in our society and it is time to say they are illegal.” However the debate was misleading,...

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