March 14, 2006
Over the weekend, I felt a need to smart-off on this blog after reading about the folks from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality getting into-it with the American Psychological Association.
The APA is "attempting to declare therapy to modify sexual orientation unethical" and they won't validate NARTH's works as "scientific."
I made this comment:
The folks from NARTH are the same folks Dr. James Dobson, his cronies at Love Won Out and the folks from Exodus turn to legitimize their stance that homosexuality should be treated as "sin management."And some ding-dong e-mailed me:
And that's fine by me as a religious opinion about what to do if you're gay. Pray it away all you want to -- but does this notion of Christ-focused therapy (and most of it comes from a very Fundamentalist Christian viewpoint, I might add) need to be endorsed by the APA?
If gay folks can be "cured" by Christianity, who's to say what sort of reparative Christian therapy is next to be promoted as "science"?
Maybe your unruly Jewish children just need Jesus?
Maybe your mentally ill Muslim mother doesn’t need therapy as much as she needs Christian salvation?
There’s a very fine line between being religiously observant and applying those principles to your psychiatric practice and being a manipulative, religious zealot imposing your religious viewpoint on your clientele to “make them better.”
It’s a slippery and dangerous slope.
Gosh...just think!!! Maybe the lame could WALK!!! Maybe the BLIND could see !!!! Maybe LEPERS could be made clean !!! Maybe those struggling with Homosexuality could be delivered from their anguish and pain !!!! There's probably no limit to what this Christianity can "Cure". We better put a stop to this right now !!! There's no such thing as SIN and every sinner knows it ! Rob, you have a problem with God, ( just like every other man ) and He's waiting on you to come discuss it with Him...I replied:
I would say thank you for writing, but the tone of your letter was a bit creepy and menacing. If you are trying to be God's messenger, I suggest being a little less sarcastic and hateful.And his reply:
Let me say it as simply as I can: I have no problem with God.
It's just that your Christ is not my Jesus.
I wish you peace and joy in your life.
Peace and Joy? There doesn't appear that either of these things reside with you. How can you possibly offer something to someone else which you don't possess yourself ? The offer stands. Try Jesus Christ.Truth be told -- I tried his Jesus once.
It tasted like chicken.....