Wednesday, July 11, 2007
APA: Gay Therapy Review
Let's settle this once and all. It's time to finally put this gay therapy practice to it's death, but to be specific a ban on it.
The American Psychological Association is hopefully on the first and last review of its 10-year-old policy on counseling gays and lesbians, a step that gay-rights activists hope will end with a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change sexual orientation.
Already, scores of conservative religious leaders and counselors, representing such groups as the Southern Baptist Convention and Focus on the Family, have written a joint letter to the APA, expressing concern that the task force's proposals would not properly accommodate gays and lesbians whose religious beliefs condemn gay sex.
"We believe that psychologists should assist clients to develop lives that they value, even if that means they decline to identify as homosexual," said the letter, which requested a meeting between APA leaders and some of the signatories.
Conservative Groups have a bias religious agenda for therapy treatment. It's not based on sound science.
A Conservative Prediction:
Conservatives contend that the reviews outcome is preordained because the task force is dominated by gay-rights supporters.
"We're concerned," said Carrie Gordon Earll of Focus on the Family. "The APA does not have a good track record of listening to other views."
Exdous who promotes praying the gay away, and using therapy throws in their two cents.
The largest ministry that does counsel gays to change their sexual orientation is Exodus International. Its president, Alan Chambers - who says prayer and therapy enabled him to move away from homosexuality - is among those apprehensive of the APA review.
"I had hoped for more diversity on that panel," Chambers said. "I see a lot of people who represent the other side - who don't believe that people like me have a right to self-determination."
The task force may submit a preliminary report to the APA's directors in December. Anderson said a final report might be completed by next March.
Justice MH: I do not tell other people do not have choice to try to change their sexual orientation. It's really up to them, but don't try to pervert science to back it up. People like Alan Chamber have that right to so-called self-determination. This review will be base on scientific findings not a agenda by the panel.