Michael Brown is an anti-gay bigot.  That is a simple, verifiable fact. According to the SPLC, NARTH Becomes Main Source for Anti-Gay ‘Junk Science.’ That is also a verifiable fact. According to the SPLC, Brown, a “Jew-for-Jesus” addressed the NARTH faithful     some 40 remaining “therapists” last fall:

The “homosexual agenda” is on the march, he said, and shows no signs of
slowing. Gay rights activists, aggressively working to undermine
Christian values and the traditional family, have infiltrated the
nation’s schools, civic centers and places of worship. The war for the
heart of the country is on.

NARTH presumes to be the world’s leading expert on reorientation therapy. Yet, turning gays to straights remains as elusive as water to wine. It is an article of conservative Christian faith that is not supported by any research published in a respected, peer reviewed scientific journal. If NARTH had any sense of scientific propriety the last thing that they would do is to invite an angry member of the God Squad to address their conference. No reputable scientific organization would ever do so.

I received an email from NARTH this morning directing me to Townhall.com where Mr. Brown defends NARTH from the wicked, wicked, evil, secularist, godless, [fill in the rhetorical blank] SPLC.

According to Brown, it is the SPLC that is really the “hate group.” He goes on to state “As for being ‘one of the nation’s most vociferous anti-gay activists,’ I had no idea I had achieved that status.” I can only presume that Mr. Brown is thankful for the SPLC’s portrayal of him.

Brown attempts to portray NARTH as a mainstream scientific organization by pointing out that the keynoter at the conference was Nicholas Cummings, former President of the American Psychological Association. First of all, it has been more than 33 years since Cummings was in that position. Furthermore, Dr. Cummings is hardly a disinterested clinician.  A conservative Christian, he is the author of the book Psychology’s War on Religion.” By the way, Brown’s latest book is the self-published The Real Kosher Jesus. However, he is perhaps best know for his A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.

Brown goes on to attack Wayne Besen, who is cited by the SPLC. More importantly, there are two things that Brown does not mention in his attack on the SPLC:

  1. The George Rekers “Rent Boy” scandal and;
  2. Robert Spitzer‘s retraction of his research that gays can change their orientation.

Indeed, Dr. Spitzer not only retracted the study but he apologized to the gay community. Mr. Brown doesn’t possess the class necessary to try to right a wrong. He never will.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.