It's almost amusing to watch the hysteria and spray spittle enveloping the "ex-gay" snake oil merchants and professional Christian crowd in the wake of the California legislature's enactment of a ban on so-called conversion therapy, a/k/a reparative therapy. While these nasty individuals posture and pontificate the bottom line is that they know full well that if other states adopt similar bans, their cottage industry of preying on tormented gays and/or their parents who can't tolerate the embarrassment of having a gay child will come to an end. Worse yet, their insidious agenda of trying to convince the public that sexual orientation is a choice will slowly wither and die. Linda Harvey of Mission America - a registered anti-gay hate group - who has ZERO credentials on mental health issues or sexual orientation issues illustrates the spittle flying conniption fits. Here's a sampling of her batshitery via Right Wing Watch:
Mission America’s Linda Harvey is weighing in on the debate over California’s SB 1172, the legislation detested by anti-gay activists because it will prohibit counselors from engaging in discredited sexual orientation conversion therapy with minors. Harvey said the bill is another move by the “aggressive homosexual lobby” to keep children and teenagers from hearing the truth about sexuality, and she is hoping that more Americans will begin to “see how false and harmful the gay agenda is and it’s our youth who are particularly at risk” before other states consider similar bills. Later, she decried the legislation as “seriously evil” as it could lead gay and lesbian youth “down the road of spiritual, emotional and physical tragedy.”
HARVEY: If Governor Jerry Brown signs a bill just passed by both houses of the California assembly, that state will essentially ban heterosexuality for some kids. Despite a huge controversy, Senate Bill 1172 recently passed anyway, it bans all forms of sexual orientation change efforts by licensed counselors for people under the age of 18, even if the patient and parent want this type of therapy. For some teens, this means they will never hear that a person who has same-sex attractions does not have to act on those desires. They may also never hear the fact that no science has demonstrated that people are born gay, but reality doesn’t stop the aggressive homosexual lobby. It is expected that this law will be signed by the Governor.
[S]imilar bills may soon be introduced in New Jersey and a few other states. It’s the latest strategy of those who oppose biblical morality to portray high sexual standards as being mean and hateful.
There are no words to describe how seriously evil this is. It can affect certain children in a make it or break it way. Imagine you are the parent of a thirteen year old son who announces that he thinks he might be gay and wants to start dating other guys! You as a well-informed Christian know this is not the way he was born and that he could easily start down the road of spiritual, emotional and physical tragedy.
What's seriously evil is hate filled individuals like Ms. Harvey who seek to inflict their own disturbed paranoia and afflictions on everyone and who will resort to any and all lies and untruths to denigrate others. Forcing teens into ex-gay therapy is nothing less than a form of child abuse and it needs to be outlawed nationwide.