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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 10:53 AM
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Focus on the Family Article & Poll, Can Gays Switch?
Edited on Fri Oct-24-08 10:55 AM by mrone2
The following article from the Denver Post also has an active poll ongoing. Current results of this poll:

Post Poll - Sexual Orientation

Do you believe that homosexual tendencies can be diminished through counseling?


Yes 60.62 %
No 32.63 %
Not sure 3.021 %
Don't care 3.720 %
Total Votes = 10161


Focus on the Family focuses on homosexuals


Can gays switch?
By Electa Draper
The Denver Post

For a decade, Focus on the Family has delved into what it believes is the biblical truth about sexual behavior through its "Love Won Out" conferences.

Focus says the conferences started a national conversation on the origins of homosexuality and have nurtured thousands of troubled families and helped hundreds of former gays and lesbians "escape the lifestyle."

But pro-gay activists and many psychology experts denounce attempts to change people's sexual orientation through religious mediation or other so-called reparative therapies. They say it causes people great harm in an attempt to fix something that isn't broken.

The conservative Christian media ministry's 10th-anniversary conference is Sunday at its home base in Colorado Springs.

Although the program does not track the number of people who have made the decision to become ex-gays, Focus says more than 50,000 gay people and family members have attended 52 conferences around the country in the past decade.

"This is a struggle that can be overcome. A number of us have overcome," said Melissa Fryrear, a self-identified ex-gay and director of Focus' Gender Issues Department.

"God can radically change your life, whatever the issue is," said Fryrear, 42. "We're ministering to Christian families. They are devastated when a loved one is living homosexually. They can't condone what falls outside biblical truth."

But opponents say the conferences also cause harm.

"These programs give us the tools and weapons to go to war against ourselves," said Peterson Toscano, founder of the support group Beyond Ex-Gay.

Failed attempts to change sexual orientation take a tremendous toll on people's psychological, emotional, spiritual, financial and physical well-being, he said.

"I've talked to more than 1,000 ex- gay survivors whose lives have been devastated their close relationships destroyed," Toscano said. "Because of one of these conferences, my mother died feeling she had failed me."

University of Minnesota researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Homosexuality showing that among homosexual men, the best predictor of poor mental and sexual health, including depression, drug use and sexually transmitted diseases, is a negative attitude toward homosexuality, not being a homosexual.

Focus on the Family founder and psychologist James Dobson has said that homosexuality is a disorder, despite the contrary opinion reached by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973.

Read the rest here: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_10788844?_req...

And don't forget to participate in their poll (left hand side of page about 1/2 way down) ;-)

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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 11:23 AM
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1. If there is a Hell I am convinced there is a reservation there for James Dobson.
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LeftCoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 11:54 AM
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2. I guess "biblical truth" is another term for mythological bull-shit
:shrug:
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Duncan Grant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 12:25 PM
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3. I'll assume heterosexual tendencies can also be diminished (after a few cocktails...).
These people make my brain cramp. x(
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Amimnoch Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 08:47 PM
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4. LOL, that's always been the paradox of their point of view that vexed me!
I never understood why fundamentalists cling to this theory so much. I mean, the whole "it's a choice" argument works against them every bit as much as it works against us, if not more.. After all, if we are all "choosing" to be gay, and it isn't something that comes naturally to us, then that means that every single one of them have it in themselves to "choose" to be gay.
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