Tuesday, October 10, 2006


The Seamy World Of The Ex-Gay Movement

If you're from Minnesota, I'm sure you know that Sixth District GOP Congressional candidate Michelle Bachmann's hubby Marcus is a big fan of ex-gay therapy (he calls it "ungaying" them), right? I wonder if he knows THIS GUY?

'Ex-gay' psychologist claims Africans 'better off' as slaves by Brentin Mock Oct. 6, 2006 -- A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and the civil rights movement was "irrational." "There is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America," writes Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of NARTH's Science Advisory Committee. "Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle... Life there was savage ... and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off." NARTH is a coalition of psychologists who believe it's possible to "cure" homosexuality, a position rejected by the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. The controversy over Schoenewolf's apology for slavery has battered the so-called "ex-gay" movement with accusations of racial bigotry for the first time. The movement's leaders and their close allies at Christian Right powerhouses like Focus on the Family have failed to condemn Schoenwolf's inflammatory arguments.
Go click on the link and read the whole thing. It's hilarious and scary at the same time. You can probably count the number of black residents in Minnesota's Sixth CD on the fingers of one hand, but with a relatively progressive city like St. Cloud in the Sixth (and with the Hispanic population on the upswing), it's not all tax-dodging white-flighters. There will be a number of people who find this horrifying.

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