William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Tue Aug-02-11 11:16 AM
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Might Conversion Therapy Work? NPR Says It's Debatable

In a story this morning, NPR portrayed the merits of conversion therapy as still up for debate, and bloggers are reacting with outrage.

Reporter Alix Spiegel interviewed two men who had very different experiences of conversion therapy. The first man, Rich Wyler, said his "feelings for men shifted from fear and attraction to brotherhood and connection." The second said the so-called therapy was mentally damaging.

Spiegel summarized the point of the story this way: "So these two men represent two sides of a debate that's been raging in psychological circles for more than a decade. One side feels that therapies which seek to make gay people straight are invariably harmful, the other that these therapies can help gay people who are profoundly uncomfortable with their same-sex attraction."

Not only did Wyler's argument get equal footing, NPR also left out that he profits from insisting gay people can be cured. It will cost you hundreds of dollars to attend one of Wyler's Journey Into Manhood weekends, which are run by People Can Change, a group Wyler founded and that makes money off this notion in a number of ways. /
And I suppose NO ONE makes money off of promoting homosexuality as "normal" or off of therapy for reassuring gays that they are "normal"?
kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Tue Aug-02-11 11:21 AM
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1. NPR: every issue has two sides. We're here to tell you the Republican side.
They can't win when both sides are told so they have to try to silence the other side.
ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Journal Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Tue Aug-02-11 11:30 AM
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4. A lot of lives of gay teens and vulnerable individuals are destroyed by this 'therapy'

As long as this 'therapy' exists, there will be people who will try to push it and families who will expect their gay family members to seek it out. This is not medicine, this is not science, this is actually hate and authoritarianism wrapped up with a pretty little bow and called 'love' by it's supporters. The sooner NPR and everyone else recognize that, the better.
Just where is the science related to homosexuality being genetic and not a destructive lifestyle choice? Oh, yea, there isn't any.
joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Tue Aug-02-11 12:03 PM
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5. NPR lost me when the survey of armed forces members about DADT came back with 70%

in favor of ending it, and they said a "significant minority" opposes it.