The following little slice of heaven is a retread of a post at my other site. It’s cleaner, for my more genteel readership here! (I first wrote gentile!) –HJ
So this guy J. Matt Barber, who for some unfathomable reason is Policy Director for Cultural Issues at Concerned Women for America, has continued publishing directly to the prestigious Interwebs.
It’s called “Groundbreaking Study Affirms ‘Gays’ Can Change.” See how “gays” is in quotes? that means, gays, that you are not really gay, only playing gay, you filthy sodomites. Yeah, J. Matt is a real sweetie.
Ask any one of the untold thousands of men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle, and they’ll say, “Tell us something we didn’t already know.” Nonetheless, psychologists Mark A. Yarhouse and Stanton L. Jones may have just hammered the final nail in the mythical “born ‘gay’ and stuck that way,” coffin.
And then again, maybe they haven’t.
In a first of its kind, comprehensive study, Yarhouse and Jones determined over a four year period that men and women suffering from unwanted same-sex attractions can re-“orient” themselves through Christian counseling and/or reparative therapy to their natural and God-given heterosexual state.
You mean nobody has ever studied whether or not homosexuals can change ever before?
Although the study concluded that leaving the homosexual lifestyle is not always easy, it conclusively determined that it can be done. At a news conference announcing the study, Jones, who is a professor of psychology at Illinois’ Wheaton College, said, “These findings contradict directly the commonly expressed views of the mental health establishment that change in sexual orientation is impossible, and that if you attempt to change, it’s highly likely to produce harm for those who make such an attempt.”
So he’s at Wheaton College, is he? That’s pretty neat, because they are known for being at the cutting edge of bogus higher education. Every year, every faculty member takes a loyalty oath at Wheaton, and it is not to the ideals of education or impartial research:
Statement of Faith
The doctrinal statement of Wheaton College, reaffirmed annually by its Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, provides a summary of biblical doctrine that is consonant with evangelical Christianity. The statement accordingly reaffirms salient features of the historic Christian creeds, thereby identifying the College not only with the Scriptures but also with the reformers and the evangelical movement of recent years. The statement also defines the biblical perspective which informs a Wheaton education. These doctrines of the church cast light on the study of nature and man, as well as on man’s culture.
This, of course means that Jones could not have found otherwise without risking his job. Whoops!
In fact, the study, which was commissioned by Exodus International, the world’s largest organization ministering to people suffering from unwanted same-sex desires, determined that change is not only possible, it is very unlikely to produce harm, a fiction homosexual activists have maintained for years.
You know, it’s like having the tobacco industry sponsor a study into the health benefits of smoking cigarettes. There could not possibly have been a more biased study of homosexuality. The institutional pressures that the authors’ employers and their funders apply to the study totally and completely undermine any credibility.
So, where are their findings published? Annals of Psychology? The Journal of Manlove? The letters section of Throbbing Bearmeat Magazine? Not even. They are publishing through the prestigious Intervarsity Press, which, as best as I can tell, even though it sounds vaguely collegiate, is not “intervarsity” at all:
As an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church and the world by publishing resources that equip and encourage people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of Life.
So, the study’s sponsor, the authors’ employer, and the book’s publisher are all extremely biased. Was there ever any doubt as to what the results of this study would be? (The answer is no, by the way.)
Homosexual activists continue to desperately perpetuate the myth that homosexuals are “born that way” and should therefore be treated as a bona fide minority class with special rights and benefits attached. This study represents a tremendous setback to the realization of that goal.
I do not see how this could possibly be true–it seems that the study was engineered at every possible level to have a single, inescapable conclusion. It’s about as independent and objective as Joseph Stalin’s Joseph Stalin: Friendly and Level-Headed Guy. And we see here what the ulterior motive is here, to keep the gay man down. I’m sorry, but it’s time to stop treating our gay brothers and sisters like untermenchen. I can only hope that those who would deny homosexuals equal citizenship continue to rely on utter, unfettered and unabashed pseudoscience to promote their foregone conclusions. They make the fight so much easier.