LGBT lobby rebutted by pro-family medical experts & ex-gays

Aug 29, 2015 by

From MassResistance: The homosexual movement’s state-by-state crusade to pass laws banning youth with sexual orientation problems from seeking help by therapists, came to a head in the Massachusetts State House at a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28. The well-oiled LGBT lobbying machine was rebutted by pro-family counselors and experts, many of whom who came to Boston from across America, as well as MassResistance activists. At issue is Bill H97, which is a major goal of the LGBT lobby this year. It would make it illegal for licensed therapists to help children deal with traumatic sexual orientation problems, often the result of childhood sexual molestation, rape, or abuse. Instead, the bill would only allow therapy that encourages homosexual behavior. Read here...

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Illinois Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youths

Aug 21, 2015 by

By Kim Bellware, Huffington Post: Illinois’ Republican governor on Thursday signed a law banning mental health therapists from trying to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner outlaws the controversial practice of “gay conversion therapy,” sometimes called “reparative therapy,” on people younger than 18. Once the law takes effect on Jan. 1, violators will face discipline from their state licensing board, according to the text of the measure.  The law makes Illinois the fourth state to ban gay conversion therapy for minors. California,New Jersey, and Oregon — as well as the District of Columbia — also have outlawed the practice. But the Illinois measure is the first to include language linking conversion therapy to consumer fraud, according to its sponsor, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who is an openly gay member of the State House. Read...

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Why Do Gay Teens Have Higher Pregnancy Rates Than Straight Teens?

Aug 15, 2015 by

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post: A new report on adolescent sexual activity in Minnesota found that lesbian and bisexual females were three to five times more likely to have been pregnant than straight females, and gay males and males who question their sexuality were also four times more likely than straight males to get someone pregnant. An editor for The Gospel Coalition has analyzed the report, offering answers. The study released by Teenwise Minnesota, which promotes adolescent sexual health and development, shows that of the 77,758 respondents from 9th and 11th grades, only 2.4 percent of straight males had gotten someone pregnant, and only 1.5 percent of straight females had been pregnant. The percentage rises to 9.9 percent among gay males for getting someone pregnant. Similarly, 6.6 percent lesbians had been pregnant, the study found. Among “questioning” males, 9.9 percent had gotten someone pregnant, while 2.8 percent of “questioning” females had been pregnant. The study also said that 8.9 percent of bisexual males had gotten someone pregnant, while 8.2 percent of bisexual females had been pregnant. Joe Carter, an editor for The Gospel Coalition, writes that a reason could be that LGBQ teens claimed to have sex much more often than straight teens, as 50.9 percent of lesbian females and 48.7 percent of gay males said they had sex at least once compared with 23.5 percent of straight females and 25.9 percent of straight males. A contributing factor to the higher pregnancy rates, Carter adds, may also be “that LGBQ have higher levels of substance abuse before having sex.” Read here...

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The Christian Purge Has Begun: Chaplains Banned From Preaching Homosexuality Is a Sin

Aug 13, 2015 by

By Todd Starnes, Charisma News: It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand. Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials. “We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.” The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister—ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center. “We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” wrote Superintendent Gene Wade in a letter to Wells. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer.” Wells said that every volunteer in their church received the letter—as did a Baptist church in a nearby community. Read here...

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Study finds homosexuals less healthy, happy than heterosexuals

Jul 22, 2015 by

By Fr Mark Hodges, LifeSite: A major study funded by the Australian government has found that homosexuals are less personally fulfilled, have more health problems, and are not as happy in their relationships as “straight” people. In fact, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) surveys reveal a marked difference in people’s experiences based on their sexual identity. Participants are followed over time, and in-depth interviews are conducted annually with all adult members of each household. For the first time in the study’s 12-year history, respondents’ sexual identity was researched as it relates to life satisfaction. The results were striking. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people fare far worse than heterosexual people on literally all well-being and social support measures studied, and such homosexuals consistently reported significantly lower “life satisfaction.” Dr. Roger Wilkins of Melbourne’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research said the negative experience of gay people paralleled people living with a learning difficulty, chronic pain, or limited use of their limbs. “The difference in average life satisfaction between gay, lesbian and bisexual people compared with heterosexual people is comparable in magnitude to the difference you see between people with a moderate disability and people who are not disabled,” said professor Wilkins, who authored the study. The HILDA report compiled responses from 12 “waves” of Australians between 2001 and 2012. The wave 1 panel consisted of 7,682 households and 19,914 individuals. In wave 11, this was topped up with an additional 2,153 households and 5,477 individuals. The survey asked respondents to rank their friendships, feelings of loneliness and happiness, and ability to get help in times of trouble. It asked about general health and mental health. It asked about smoking, relationships living up to expectations, partner satisfaction, and family dynamics, among other topics. Read here...

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Today’s equivalent of the apartheid heresy.

Jul 16, 2015 by

David Runcorn’s use of the apartheid analogy for understanding the Bible and sexual ethics should be turned on its head. by Andrew Symes, Church of England Newspaper. “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. This sounds straightforward, but according to David Runcorn, biblical interpretation is not as simple as this. He gives the example of the South African apartheid system, developed in a “Christian” country, to show that sincere, well-meaning, bible-believing Christians can misread the Scriptures, and this should be a warning to us who think we know what the Bible says, when we are just using it to reinforce our own prejudices. In a recent article in Church of England Newspaper, Dr Runcorn quotes Professor Richard Burridge in suggesting that apartheid is an example of catastrophically wrong thinking, established and apparently validated by Scripture within a closed community. The Bible “simply becomes a mirror reflecting the community’s self-deceptions back to itself disguised as the Word of God” – people see it as backing up what they already believe, and it’s prophetic power to challenge and lead into truth is lost. According to Burridge and Runcorn, just as white evangelicals in South Africa came to realise that their way of reading the Bible to justify oppression was wrong, so those in our country today who are certain that the Bible forbids same sex relationships need to wake up, ditch this out of date, closed and oppressive method of reading Scripture, repent of error, anxiety and a “defended perspective”, and embrace diversity and inclusion. This simple analogy of the church justifying apartheid and racism as equivalent to the church being opposed to homosexual practice: does it stand up to scrutiny? Lets ask some questions: Apartheid discriminated on the basis of race. Is “gay” really the same as black? Is sexual orientation genetically predetermined and biologically observable in the same way? Apartheid resulted in the forced separation of the races, and the imposition of seriously unjust laws which caused terrible suffering and many deaths. Is it fair, helpful to the debate, or respectful to black South Africans to compare their experience to the current situation of gay people in the Church of England? Was it really true that most white South Africans believed that the bible justified apartheid as Dr Runcorn claims? Isn’t it more likely that for the majority of white Christians, the problem was not wrong interpretation, but failure to obey what they knew the Bible clearly said? Most Christians opposed to same sex relationships have come to their position out of faith, respect for Scripture and reasoned thinking. Again, is it helpful to caricature them as closed minded and motivated by internal prejudices? Many pro-LGBT liberal scholars accept that the Bible only condones monogamous, heterosexual marriage as the right context for sex – they just think that the Bible is wrong. Have they misinterpreted Scripture? Are they prejudiced? Actually there are some things we can learn from the South African experience. A new ideology,...

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