Tim Wildmon
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon
(American Family Association)

American Family Association has thoroughly earned its designation as an anti-LGBT hate group. The organization attempts to marginalize LGBT people by trafficking in deception and misinformation.

Friday’s dose of sanctimonious stupidity is a post on their blog titled: Chelsea Clinton joins FB to censor conversion therapy. The source of their “information” is WND so anything is possible. It is impossible, by the way, to censor an action and the acceptable use policies of private companies do not constitute censorship but AFA is devoted to being a victim of …, something, usually at the hands of dastardly homosexuals. AFA’s Michael F. Haverluck is responsible for this fact challenged diatribe.

The conspiracy:

Chelsea Clinton has joined forces with Facebook to censor any conversations or ads that advocate conversion counseling and therapy for individuals who strive to overcome their same-sex attractions and restore their natural sexuality.

I would hope that Facebook would not be the source of conversion therapy mythology. It is thoroughly discredited by the entire medical community as ineffective and potentially harmful. AFA makes the thoroughly ridiculous assertion that “natural sexuality” must be heterosexual in defiance of the overwhelming consensus of science. The existence of conversion therapy perpetuates the myth that sexual orientation is an illness that can be cured. Gay people are not ill!

AFA is culturally invested in conversion therapy because it serves as a pretext for discrimination and the opposition to nondiscrimination laws. Whether or not conversion therapy actually does anything is irrelevant to AFA. Their folks will simply claim that it works while referring to a handful of self-promoting individuals who tell us that Jesus “freed them from the chains of homosexuality.”

Apparently Jesus is unable to inspire peer-reviewed research or evidence to support these “testimonies.”

The requisite victimization:

Lawmakers in deep-blue California have been busy pushing legislation that would ultimately work to keep gender-confused Californians from seeking help to return to their natural sexual disposition. This debate – and several recent complaints about conversion therapy ads – has prompted Chelsea Clinton and Facebook to team up and silence any discussion about the restorative counseling offered by Christian therapists.

One almost needs a Conservative Christian-to-English libretto. “Gender confused” translates to people with gender dysphoria. There is no intervention known to medical science to address gender dysphoria but we are to believe that “Christian therapists” have knowledge of the unique combination of prayer and counseling to alter someone’s gender identity. While we are at it, let us discard the immense tonnage of evidence-based science regarding the gender construct. It doesn’t exist. Natal sex or bust.

A few quarts of bullshit for good measure:

“The issue has been in the news of late with what critics call California’s ‘must stay gay’ bill, which would censor public discussions and publications promoting such counseling,” WND reported. “The Facebook controversy arose because the social-media platform allowed ads for counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.”

They just keep repeating the same lie over and over again no matter how many times they are corrected. What is prohibited is the commercial exchange of money for conversion therapy. Of course they are quoting WND which isn’t called WingNutDaily for no reason.

A paragraph that defies translation:

Chelsea Clinton ceased the opportunity to lead the backlash against Facebook that started when user members from the LGBT community accused the social media giant of targeting them with gender conversion therapy ads.

Now they are saying the Chelsea ceased doing something. What that something might be is entirely speculative.

Now we are getting somewhere:

“Child abuse – ‘conversion therapy’ is child abuse,” the former first daughter tweeted Wednesday. “There are not two sides to this question and these ads – and the practices they promote – should be illegal everywhere. Full stop.”

Chelsea is correct on all counts. Religious conservatives want to create controversy suggesting that there are two sides to something. That is how they attempt to impose creationism on public schools. There is no controversy. There is no evidence that conversion therapy is safe and effective. AFA is doing something comparable to claiming that there are two sides to gravity.

Earlier this summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Holocaust deniers who aired their views on his site –before he felt compelled to apologize for trying to justify their stance against Jews. However, unlike its due diligence to come to the defense of the LGBT community, no such censorship effort was announced by Facebook to quash the anti-Semitic dialogue.

Zuckerberg was wrong. It has no bearing on Facebook’s policy regarding conversion therapy. Being wrong on one thing does not mean being wrong on everything.

The latest charge against conversion therapy was initiated by a Facebook user who took offence to an ad that popped up on his Facebook page that offered help for homosexual men experiencing depression because of their lifestyle choices.

I am offended as well. Sexual orientation is not a “lifestyle choice.” Homosexuality does not cause depression. The more likely influencer is shame and derision from the likes of AFA. One more time for good measure: There is no evidence to support the proposition that conversion therapy is safe and effective.’


California siding with LGBT over Bible?


“The California bill would classify as consumer fraud any conferences, books or counseling that advocates helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attraction – as only counseling promoting the gay lifestyle would be allowed,” WND explained. “Lawmakers are hearing many warnings that the proposed law effectively will make the purchase of a Bible a crime in California.”

Right AB-2943 bans the purchase of a Bible. Sure. That makes perfect sense. Presumably that does make sense to WND’s readers who have the collective IQ of a goldfish.

Apparently we are no longer a free country, according to Mike Huckabee:

“You may have heard the news or seen the reports, but people of faith in California are bracing for one of the most dramatic ideological shifts away from the First Amendment in our nation’s history,” Huckabee warned, according to WND. “It’s the kind of storm that destroys the foundations of liberty and a free society.”

AB-2943 has no affect on First Amendment guarantees of free exercise of religion or free speech. The courts have already ruled that conversion therapy is conduct — not speech.

Let’s make up some research:

“A survey asking for negative and positive experiences of 125 men with active lay religious belief who went through sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) strongly conflict with those claims,” the three physician authors of the Liberty Counsel study titled, “Effects of Therapy on Religious Men Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction” asserted. “In our study, most of those who participated in group or professional help had heterosexual shifts in sexual attraction, sexual identity and behavior with large statistical effect sizes, similarly moderate-to-marked decreases in suicidality, depression, substance abuse, and increases in social functioning and self -esteem. Almost all harmful effects were none to slight.”

None of the three authors are physicians and it is not a “Liberty Counsel study.” It’s not even really peer reviewed. Are there no facts that AFA’s bloggers are incapable of fucking  up?

The Christian legal group behind the study pointed out how the medical community has misled the American public by aligning itself with the LGBT community and its push to recognize homosexuality as a so-called “civil rights” issue.

Liberty Counsel had nothing to do with the so-called study which is really a rehash of one of the author’s 2011 book. I think it was Zack Ford who eventually determined that what I have called a book was actually his doctoral dissertation.

“[This study] strongly refutes claims the American Psychological Association and other organizations have made aimed at discouraging counsel to change unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior and identity,” Liberty Counsel stated.

That’s right. Some nonsense published by the Catholic Medical Association that was not subjected to real peer review is more persuasive and compelling than the APA or the AMA or the other APA. As I said, AFA is clueless. They are so desperate to conform reality to scripture that they are willing to say just about anything; and they do (say just about anything no matter how idiotic).

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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.