Hope and Change? Not for Gays

by Janet Tassel, American Thinker

Blake Smith, 58, of Bakersfield, California, is an ex-gay. In a New York Times article in late 2012, he said that for most of his life, “every exgaybaninch of my body craved male sexual contact.”

However, after Smith entered into reparative counseling, including weekend retreats called “People Can Change” and “Journey into Manhood,” he said his “homosexual feelings have nearly vanished.” At that point, married for eight years, he said, “In my 50s, for the first time, I can look at a woman and say, ‘She’s really hot!'”

The internet is replete with testimonials like Smith’s, at websites such as NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality), PeopleCanChange, Liberty Counseling and Recovery, and JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality). As to the last-mentioned, followers of American Thinker read here last week that tiny JONAH is being sued by a big, fat, richwhale, the Southern Poverty Law Center, for “consumer fraud.”

The bullies at the Southern Poverty Law Center are merely reflecting the standard liberal trope: Murderers, rapists, and other criminals are formed by society and can be helped by psychiatric treatment, but gay men and women are born as homosexuals and are therefore expected to live their lives as homosexuals, whether they like it or not.

This cruel philosophy is reflected in the California state law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012, which forbids counselors and therapists from addressing unwanted same-sex attraction. Last summer, Governor Chris Christie saw fit to imitate California, making New Jersey the second state with such a law, prohibiting therapists from assisting minors with “sexual orientation change efforts.”

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