Anne Paulk
Anne Paulk in a 2015 Christian Video

According to gay conversion hucksters, Restored Hope Network, “Gay Opponents Vow to Shut Down Christian Conference, ‘Shutter Weekend’ Meetings that Offer Hope for Those Wanting Freedom.” About the only thing that these grifters offer is guilt and shame. The parents of gay children are taught that those kids are the victims of bad parenting (just to make sure that there is plenty of guilt to go around).

After the recent airing of the ABC 20/20 story slamming gay conversion therapy, viewers were left with the conclusion that counseling for change is dangerous.

That might be because conversion “therapy” is unnecessary, ineffective and potentially harmful.

But what is true? The truth is that many strugglers are looking for a way out. They suffer from depression, illegal drug use, higher STDs, HIV/AIDS and attempt suicide at higher rates. Many people want hope. They need freedom. And where else can they go if all avenues for healing are shut down? As Auschwitz survivor, Eli Wiesel wrote, “Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.”

The only reason that anyone struggles with their sexuality is because of holier-than-thou judgmental fools. Being gay is not unhealthy. It is the bigotry, oppression and stigma peddled by the likes of Restored Hope Network that is unhealthy. Moreover, as a Jew I am offended that they would quote Eli Wiesel. It is also inapplicable. But as long as they are at it, in 1989 Wiesel received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from what was then the Human Right Campaign Fund. Wiesel told the crowd at the Waldorf Astoria:

Those who hate you, hate me. Bigots do not stop at classes, at races, or at lesbians and gays. Those who hate, hate everybody.”

Returning to the prose of RHN:

The Restored Hope Network is the largest coalition of Christian ministries, therapists, and pastors who offer hope through Jesus Christ to those hurting from sexual and relational brokenness, especially those impacted by homosexuality. Executive Director, Anne Paulk, explains that no one is trying to force anyone to change. “We simply want to offer the hope of the cross; the death of an old destructive life for one of wholeness and freedom.”

Nitwit! Gay people are not broken. They do not need to be repaired. Gay people enjoy wholeness and freedom. Paulk knows perfectly well two things:

  1. No one really changes their sexual orientation and;
  2. The false notion that people can change their sexual orientation is the pretext for discrimination.

In June, hundreds of people will gather
in San Diego for the annual Restored Hope Conference. Already gay and
lesbian groups in the area are calling people who believe in change
through Jesus Christ, “scam artists” and “bullies hiding their
homophobia behind the Bible.” Paulk says nothing is further from the
truth. “Our objective is to help the most vulnerable by providing tools
and workshops to those working with same-sex attracted people or those
who are struggling themselves.”

Allow me to add my voice. Those people are scam artists and bullies who attempt to hide their homophobia in scripture.  We become most vulnerable when we believe the BS that sexual orientation is not innate or that it is mutable, a view that is at odds with every professional medical and counseling peer organization.

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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.