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When ideology drives science

April 15th, 2014 Jill Posted in Abortion, Homosexuality, Medical Ethics Comments Off

From CMF

In July 1949, the New England Journal of Medicine printed an article by Dr Leo Alexander titled 'Medical Science under Dictatorship'. (1)
 
In it, he explains what happens to science when it 'becomes subordinated to the guiding philosophy' of a political ideology.
'Irrespective of other ideologic trappings', he argues, the 'guiding philosophic principle of recent dictatorships' is to replace 'moral, ethical and religious values' with 'rational utility'.
 
Alexander eloquently demonstrates how 'medical science in Nazi Germany collaborated with this Hegelian trend' and became the source of 'propaganda' which was 'highly effective in perverting public opinion and public conscience, in a remarkably short time'.
 
This expressed itself in a rapid decline in standards of professional ethics and led ultimately to the German medical profession's active participation in 'the mass extermination of the chronically sick' and of 'those considered socially disturbing or racially and ideologically unwanted'.
 
Britain is not Nazi Germany and is a democracy rather than a dictatorship. However, all democracies are also susceptible to influence by well organised minorities and it is very clear, in this post-Christian society, that the corridors of power are increasingly filled by those who do not subscribe to a Christian worldview and values.
 
In fact, many of those who occupy positions of influence in our 'mountains of culture' – universities, schools, media, judiciary, parliament institutions and entertainment industry – are actively hostile to Christianity and supportive of public policy directions consistent with a secular humanist agenda – eg pro-choice on abortion, supportive of 'assisted dying', embryo research and same sex marriage.
 
These issues are of course highly political. But is there any evidence that the 'medical science' marshalled to support them is in any way being influenced or shaped by secular humanist ideology?
 
Two articles in this edition of Triple Helix would say 'yes'. They make the case that financial or ideological vested interests can be used to stifle the truth when medical issues become highly politicised. Both articles question the way that British Royal Colleges have handled scientific evidence in their support for a certain public policy direction.
 
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When ideology replaces science by Dr Peter May (surveying the role of ideology in the debate over homosexuality)
 
Women have a right to know the facts by Donna Harrison (examining the evidence for an abortion-breast cancer link)
 
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Journey into Manhood – a healing weekend

April 14th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

From People can Change

Journey Into Manhood is a 48-hour immersion in intensive emotional-healing work, designed specifically for men who are self-motivated and serious about resolving unwanted homosexual attractions.

As a "journeyer," you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of group and individual exercises – including journaling, visualization, group sharing, safe healing touch and intensive emotional-release work – all in a very supportive yet challenging environment.

Journey Into Manhood is an experiential-learning weekend. We limit the use of classroom-style lectures. Instead, we create opportunities for you to experience healing, not just learn about it.

One simple example: You won't just talk about what it is like to look another man in the eyes – you'll stand eye to eye with another man while we help you process whatever feelings might arise.

All of the exercises are designed to help you identify and process the underlying issues that may be alienating you from your authentic heterosexual masculinity – and, ideally, to help you experience a deep emotional breakthrough.

May 2-4, 2014: Pennsylvania
May 23-25, 2014: Utah
June 13-15, 2014: California
June 13-15, 2014: Poland
Sep 19-21, 2014: Indiana
Oct 17-19, 2014: Texas

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Welby explains gays and violence in Africa remarks

April 10th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Global South, Homosexuality Comments Off

By Marites N Sison, Anglican Journal

After a 12-hour day of back-to-back engagements, a jet-lagged Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, sat down for a 15-minute interview with the Anglican Journal late Tuesday evening, April 8.  [...]

Q: In 2016, the church’s General Synod will be presented with a resolution changing the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage. Is this a cause for concern?

A: That's a really tough question. Well, it's got to be a cause for concern because this is a particularly tough issue to deal with…And, I hope that two or three things happen: I hope that the church, in its deliberations, is drawing on the wealth of its contribution to the Anglican Communion and the worldwide church, to recognize…the way it works and how it thinks, to recognize the importance of its links. And that, in its deliberations, it is consciously listening to the whole range of issues that are of concern in this issue. We need to be thinking; we need to be listening to the LGBT voices and to discern what they're really saying because you can't talk about a single voice anymore than you can with any other group. There needs to be listening to Christians from around the world; there needs to be listening to ecumenical partners, to interfaith partners. There needs to be a commitment to truth in love and there needs to be a commitment to being able to disagree in a way that demonstrates that those involved in the discussions love one another as Christ loves us. That’s the biggest challenge, that in what we do, we demonstrate that love for Christ in one another.

Q: Some people have reacted strongly to your statements about the issue of gay marriage in your interview with LBC radio.

A: Lots of people have.

Q: Were you in fact blaming the death of Christians in parts of Africa on the acceptance of gay marriage in America?

A: I was careful not to be too specific because that would pin down where that happened and that would put the community back at risk. I wouldn't use the word “blame”— that's a misuse of words in the context. One of the things that's most depressing about the response to that interview is that almost nobody listened to what I said; they mostly imagined what they thought I said…It was not only imagination, it was a million miles away from what I said.

Q: So what exactly were you saying?

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Gay ‘therapy’ has no place in the NHS, says health minister as he warns doctors are referring people for treatment to change their sexuality

April 7th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

By Daniel Martin, Mailonline

NHS family doctors may be referring gay people for controversial treatments designed to change their sexuality, a minister said last night.

Norman Lamb, the care services minister, has written to NHS England to demand assurances that GPs are not making referrals for gay conversion therapy.

He said it would be ‘entirely wrong’ for GPs or mental health professionals to do so, and that if any evidence comes to light he would act quickly to ‘eradicate’ it.

However, he ruled out a complete ban on gay conversion therapy in the Health Service, saying he did not want doctors to fear prosecution merely for counselling someone coming to terms with their sexuality.

The vast majority of health professionals say the so-called ‘therapy’ belongs to a past when homosexuality was illegal and when people believed sexuality was a choice.

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Knowing How the Fairy Tale Ends

April 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

From JONAH

I had a conversation with a friend today who admitted he was harboring a desire for a gay romantic relationship. I thought a moment and realized that not too long ago I could have said the same.

Maybe a year ago when I was feeling lonely or isolated, I could have imagined the same and felt the draw of such a relationship. But I've learned a few things. I know what "falling in love" with a man feels like. The feelings are real and powerful and it feels good. It is seductive. But I also know what is really going on. Basically, I'm in love with a series of projections, a process in which a person attributes attributes of him or her self to other persons with whom they are in contact, and transferences, a process by which emotions and desires originally associated with one person, such as a parent or sibling, are unconsciously shifted to another person. This means I'm not really seeing the other person as they truly are. Freud called the things I suppress out of my conscious awareness the subconscious. Jung had a broader definition of the subconscious and called what I suppress my Shadow which is the language we use in almost all men's work from Men at the Cross to Crucible to Journey into Manhood. Most of the work we do in men's work is to help men become aware of their shadows and often to change their unconscious beliefs shaped by those shadows. Jung said I am not consciously aware of my Shadow but one way I can gain awareness of it is through my projections: The false personas I project onto others that they may or may not possess.

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“Why Does the World Not Want to Face the Pain of Child Abuse and SSA?”

April 1st, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

From JONAH

A legal opinion rendered on January 27, 2014, by a United Kingdom Court of Appeal (Civil Division) profoundly spoke to a form of discrimination that I suffered during most of my life. The Court said, "Discrimination against a person because of his or her past actual or perceived sexual orientation, or because his or her sexual orientation has changed [from gay to straight, something most people in my life would not understand] is discrimination "because of ….sexual orientation." My personal testimony below will show how inappropriate it is to box someone like myself into a gay identity, after all, change of sexual orientation is entirely possible and I am living proof of that fact.

[...]  I was always told by my Aunt in Toronto who first "outed" me to family members, and by therapists of the NHS, and the few friends I told at college about my confused sexuality, that my problems were because I hadn't ‘come out of the closet’ and accept that I was ‘gay’. The conflict between my innermost feelings and messages from the above sources grew intense. Thus, I ended up languishing in the mental health system. They betrayed me by not listening to me and my INNERMOST feelings. Their advice and counsel was simple: I‘ll be OK once I was ‘honest‘ about being ‘gay‘. However, honesty was the last thing they wanted. They didn't want honesty any more than my family wanted honesty. They just wanted another box to fit me in, as they didn’t see me fitting into the ‘straight’ box. This pattern of discrimination because of an assumed sexual orientation clouded my existence and my ability to be the real me.

All through this period of time, I could not find a therapist who would listen to me and help me overcome my sexual feelings for men. However, I noticed a particularly curious thing during this period. Whenever I felt negative about myself and rejected by others, especially if the rejection was by other males, my sexual feelings for men increased. However, whenever I felt somewhat good about myself or affirmed by men, especially by peers and those I perceived to have a strong personality or to be in authority, then I felt more sexual feelings for women and the sexual charges I had for men disappeared. Also my sexual attraction to women would not last long because I perceived that people would consider such an attitude as 'sexually aggressive.' No one at that time could explain this phenomenon to me.

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Dr Michael Davidson discusses Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

March 25th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

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Nobody is ‘born that way,’ gay historians say

March 21st, 2014 Jill Posted in Homosexuality, Nature/Nurture Comments Off

By David Benkof, Daily Caller

Virtually no serious person disputes that in our society, people generally experience their gay or straight orientations as unchosen and unchangeable. But the LGBT community goes further, portraying itself as a naturally arising subset of every human population, with homosexuality being etched into some people’s DNA.

Are gays indeed born that way? The question has immense political, social, and cultural repercussions. For example, some of the debate over applying the Constitution’s equal protection clause to gays and lesbians focuses on whether gayness is an inborn characteristic. And the major argument gays and lesbians have made for religious affirmation has been, “God made me this way.”

Thus, if it’s proven sexual orientations are not innate, much of the scaffolding upon which today’s LGBT movement has been built would begin to crumble. Given the stakes, most gays and lesbians are dismissive or hostile toward anyone who doesn’t think being gay is an essential, natural characteristic of some members of the human race.

But a surprising group of people doesn’t think that – namely, scholars of gay history and anthropology. They’re almost all LGBT themselves, and they have decisively shown that gayness is a product of Western society originating about 150 years ago.

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Cure Me I’m Gay – The Truth About The Latest Anti-ex-gay Pseudo-documentary

March 20th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

From Line in the Sand

[...]  Finally, contrary to the claims of the programme, Dr Jessen did not engage with various therapies. What Dr Jessen did do was the equivalent of someone who is overweight and happy about it going to introduction sessions of the various weight loss organisations and stating at the end that none of them work because they did not help them loose weight. In the late 2000s the APA put together two working parties, one on the validity of perception tests such as the Rorschach the other on therapy for unwanted homosexual feelings. In both cases the APA populated the working groups with those of an already stated opinion. With the perception tests all the people were pro-perception tests, with therapy for unwanted homosexual feeling all the people had already gone public stating that this type of therapy was unethical. It was no surprise when this second working party published a report condemning such therapy as this was the position that the APA wanted published. Dr Jessen has followed in the steps of the authors of this report by making a programme that does nothing but confirm his own prejudice and bias.

As to the answered question of why there are so many therapies? The answer is simple. As I and thousands of others have found – they work (www.voices-of-change.org).

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Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay, Channel 4, review

March 19th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

By Neil Midgley, Telegraph

With the first gay marriages in England set to take place in less than two weeks’ time, this country has never been a friendlier place towards gays and lesbians. It’s an obvious moment for TVto consider alternative points of view – particularly those of people who still consider homosexuality to be a disorder, or at least a sin. Hence, Channel 4’s one-off documentary Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay.

The idea was to look at so-called “gay cures”, offered by some doctors and religious people who think they can turn gay people straight. The programme was, in essence, a stunt – Dr Christian Jessen, the gay doctor from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, would see if his homosexuality could be “cured”. And he would take Cornell University’s sexual orientation test at the beginning and the end, to see if the “cures” made any difference.
 
This was an admirably clear proposition for the programme, yet it suffered a fatal flaw right from the get-go: Jessen clearly had no desire to be “cured”, nor the faintest intention of changing his sexuality. It reminded me of the old joke: “How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb has got to really want to change.”
 
Jessen’s staunch and unflinching homosexuality made him, for these purposes, a bad journalist. (I should at this point loudly disclose my own homosexuality, which by the same token makes me a biased critic.) When presented with religious American extremists who believe that a person can be “cured” of their homosexuality (by therapy or even exorcism), TV can legitimately do one of two things. It can start from the express premise that these people are mad, and derisively try to goad them into showing their true insanity. Or it can try to be objective, and even-handedly explore whether there is any value (or at least efficacy) in what they do.
 
Jessen did neither. He had contempt for the “cures” and the “curers”, but tried to hide it. After trying a specially-staged version of aversion therapy (which used to be available on the NHS, and involved taking a drug that forced him to vomit repeatedly while he looked at gay erotica), he pretty much abandoned even the pretence of actually trying to change his sexuality. Almost all the “reparative therapists” he approached in the US refused to be interviewed, at least one of them on the (understandable) ground that Jessen was himself gay, and could not be objective.
 
 
 
Cure me, I'm Gay by Peter Ould
 
 
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US Supreme Court asked to strike Calif. ban on sexual orientatio?n change efforts

March 19th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

From PFOX

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Freedom X have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding California law SB 1172 that bans licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change counseling to children with unwanted same-sex attractions.

In Pickup v. Brown, the 9th Circuit ruled that psychologist-patient conversations about how a patient can change his or her sexual orientation is “conduct” and not protected private speech, thereby deeming certain words and conversations in a mental health counseling context to be unlawful.
 
“The First Amendment protects free speech for all citizens, including licensed therapists and counselors who administer sexual orientation counseling to minors who voluntarily seek counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions,” said Freedom X President and CEO William J. Becker, Jr. “The government cannot dictate the nature of counseling without jeopardizing the integrity of talk therapy and children’s voluntary needs.”
 
The brief explains that, “In a matter as personal as private voluntary non-coercive mental health therapy, the First Amendment bars the government from dictating the words that may or may not be spoken.”
 
The brief also notes that the ban on talk therapy harms children who have been sexually molested by a same-sex predator, are now confused about their sexual orientation, and yet are prohibited in seeing a licensed therapist of their choice.
 
“California lawmakers should be encouraging licensed therapists to administer treatment to patients desiring it rather than allowing only unlicensed religious leaders to practice talk therapy,” added Becker. “This law is trying to advance a socio-political agenda which will only hurt minors in need.”
 
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Is Christian Jessen the Right Person to Review So-Called Conversion Therapies?

March 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

Dr Christian JessenFrom Voice of the Voiceless

Voice of the Voiceless, an ex-gay advocacy group and the only anti-defamation group for those ex-gays, and those who wish to overcome unwanted homosexual feelings, today questioned the validity of the tonight's Channel 4 programme “Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay” presented by Dr Christian Jessen. Phelim McIntyre, Voice of the Voiceless advisory board member and UK representative, said “While Dr Jessen has shown himself to be a superb presenter on programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies, Voice of the Voiceless have serious concerns about his suitability to present a programme on therapy for unwanted homosexual feelings. While many people would think that Dr Jessen would be the perfect person to prevent such a documentary the reality is that he is, by his own admission, happy in his sexuality. We would not send someone who is happy with their level of drinking to review Alcoholics Anonymous, someone happy to be part of a violent gang to review an anti-gangs programme, so why do we send someone who is happy to be gay to review therapy for those who want to overcome unwanted homosexual feelings? We also have the issue that Dr Jessen does not want to change, we would therefore expect any therapy he undergoes to have little or no effect. Dr Jessen has, prior to the programme being recorded, made statements questioning the validity of the ex-gay movement, something that points strongly to the reality that he went into the programme with a set agenda rather than with an open mind, there by violating the principle of sound documentary making that the presenter is unbiased in their reporting. Having spoken with therapists who work in this field in the UK some were warned off taking part in the programme by their clients specifically because of Dr Jessen’s stated bias. This bias also led some therapists in the United States of America to also refuse to engage Dr Jessen in therapy.

Mr McIntyre continued, “While Voice of the Voiceless allowed Dr Jessen and his team to record the Ex-gay Pride event the organised with other groups that was held in Washington DC last September, and Christopher Doyle, president of Voice of the Voiceless, was interviewed by Dr Jessen they were unaware of Dr Jessen’s sexuality and position until part way through the interview. Voice of the Voiceless has now been informed by Channel 4 that they do not feature in the documentary, despite Mr Doyle having received an email from Channel 4 thanking him for his involvement in the programme and informing him when it is to be shown. After discovering Dr Jessen’s position, Voice of the Voiceless was asked by Dr Jessen to take part in the Cornell Sexuality Test. After research the test Mr Doyle, with the support of the advisory committee, refused due to the academic press stating that the Cornell Sexuality Test is unable to accurately predict the sexuality of an individual participant. As such Voice of the Voiceless felt that it was unprofitable to take part in this aspect of the documentary. Having spoken with other organisations that were involved with the making of the documentary it appears that Dr Jessen was not honest with them about his sexuality and his position on the ex-gay movement, with one only finding out when the documentary was reported on in January of this year.”

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Retrieving Our Son from Homosexuality

March 16th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

by Steve and Janice Graham, PFOX

We are not psychologists, so this isn’t a scientific discussion of our family dynamics or our son’s problems. We just want to share our experience—our real-life, family success story—one that occurred in spite of our faults and failings. I say “OUR” experience because one person’s homosexuality impacts the entire family.

Before our family faced this issue, we knew little about homosexuality except that the behavior went against our religious beliefs. We didn’t know what caused people to think and act this way. We didn’t know our son was at risk, or that there was material promoting homosexuality available to him. We never imagined the danger.

Our son was highly verbal, expressive, sensitive and artistic child.  As a result, he began to get singled out for teasing by some of the more macho boys in his peer group. He tended to play with girls rather than boys, because the boys picked on him.

When he was 8, he told us he wished he was a girl. We took him for counseling, but it seemed like an overreaction. We figured he’d grow out of what we later learned was a degree of gender confusion.

As the years passed, it seemed he had “grown out of it.” But the scars left by the peer abuse remained. In retrospect, we wish we’d been more pro-active in affirming our son’s innate maleness and encouraging his masculine traits. A solid sense of
self, and of one’s gender, is essential to healthy sexual development.

Homosexuality isn’t inborn—its the result of some bad luck. That’s what occurred with our son.

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Mayors Tell Irish Parades: No Catholic Values Need Apply

March 14th, 2014 Chris Sugden Posted in Gay Activism, Homosexuality, Religious Liberty Comments Off


NEW YORK — The mayors of New York and Boston are standing with a handful of homosexual activists in a boycott that organizers of those cities’ St. Patrick’s Day parades believe amounts to a public statement that means no Catholic values need apply.

In early February, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a high-profile announcement that he would not be marching in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. De Blasio said he took issue with the parade organizers’ refusal to allow units to join the parade with “pro-gay” signage.
Soon after, the city council also followed de Blasio’s lead and announced its own boycott of this New York Irish tradition, which has more than 200,000 participants marching down 5th Avenue in New York on March 17 with more than 1 million spectators each year.

De Blasio said that he would instead be “participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city.” De Blasio then marched March 2 in the “St. Pat's For All Parade” in Queens, an event organized by homosexual-rights activist Brendan Fey that garners a few thousand onlookers each year, and later posed for pictures with Irish drag queen “Panti Bliss.”

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Replacing “good science with gay science”

March 11th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

From Christian Concern

The Director of the Christian charity, Core Issues Trust, which represents people seeking help to move away from homosexual lifestyles, says the official bodies are "scraping the barrel" to find evidence to discredit therapies that can help people change same-sex feelings.

"Their consensus statement is based on what they 'believe' without a shred of scientific evidence to back their beliefs. The best research available to us contradicts what these mental health bodies profess to ‘believe’. This is ideology which may influence the general public but it must not be allowed to intimidate professional counsellors and therapists who must surely base their opinions on sound science," says Dr Mike Davidson.

Read Core Issues Trust’s full response here

 

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Letter to all members of the Association of Christian Counsellors from Core Issues Trust

March 6th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality Comments Off

Dr Mike DavidsonFrom Dr Michael Davidson

Dear ACC Counsellors and Members

You will recall that earlier this year (on 14 January 2014), the ACC Executive Chairman Tony Ruddle issued a Statement to its Members[1] indicating a shift in its approach to counselling and psychotherapeutic provision for unwanted same sex attraction. Tony contacted organisational member Core Issues Trust (CIT) and an ACC professional member, Mrs Lesley Pilkington shortly before this announcement was made public. He indicated that our positions were at variance with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) with whom the ACC was seeking to formalise a register of counsellors. This related to the matter of therapeutic support for unwanted same sex attraction, or what he termed ‘Reparative’ or ‘Conversion’ Therapy. His call was a courtesy to both, and we were subsequently provided a copy of the proposed ACC statement banning such approaches, to prepare each for the shift in position, and in Lesley’s case indicating her impending expulsion. After careful consideration, CIT then issued a statement on 10 January, 2014 raising concerns about this ACC Position statement.

Dr Mike Davidson’s 2013 expulsion from BPA (British Psychodrama Association)

As the Director of Core Issues Trust, I was expelled from my trainee membership of the professional body I have been associated with since 2009, in 2013 (Press statements and documentation can be found here). The British Psychodrama Association (BPA) had received no complaint against me, but removed me from membership, on instruction from the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). This was because I hold a view that homosexuality is neither innate nor immutable and that autonomous individuals – after informed consent, should have access to professional help to manage, reduce or where possible to eliminate homosexual feelings. My views were well known in the training environment I was attached to, prior to me commencing training and as I progressed my training over the next three years. But when I shared these on a BBC programme I was suspended without a hearing, and 18 months later removed from the UKCP/BPA register. Such views were contrary to those of the UKCP, the BPA’s accrediting body. My case, represented by the excellent work of the Christian Legal Centre, is ongoing, but we had hoped that the ACC would remain a professional and pastoral care organisation from which I would receive accreditation and to which CIT would be welcomed to remain in organisational membership. These possibilities are now unclear.

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Kenya and Homosexuality, news round-up

March 6th, 2014 Chris Sugden Posted in Homosexuality, Kenya, News Comments Off

After Uganda, Kenya Gears Up for Gay Rights Debate

Kenya could become the next battleground for gay rights as lawmakers plan to introduce a motion in parliament to compel authorities to more strongly enforce the country's anti-homosexual laws. Gay rights activists say the pressure has already increased since neighboring Uganda passed a strict anti-gay law last month.

First-term member of parliament Irungu Kang'ata is leading a newly-formed caucus set to combat homosexuality in Kenya.

In an opening move, the lawmaker is requesting the ruling party to explain what measures the government is taking to uphold the current laws.

"The whole idea is, Kenya we do have anti-gay laws, they are there in our books, in our statutes. The issue is about enforcement," he said.

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Gays Flee Mombasa Over Public Attacks

HUNDREDS of men who have sex with men at the Coast have moved away from major towns for fear of their lives.

According to statistics by the Mtwapa Initiative for Positive Empowerment, an organisation working with MSMs in Mombasa and Kilifi counties, more than 200 of the men now avoid public health facilities.

Mipe says a number of the homosexuals default from HIV treatment for fear of victimisation following the heightened debate about homosexuality in the country.

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NGO Petitions Parliament to Outlaw Homosexuality

A non governmental organization has written a petition to Parliament, to pass a bill to clearly outlaw homosexuality in Kenya,

"We are saddened with the rise of homosexuality which is against our core values and African values. It is to this regard we have chosen to say no to homosexuality in Kenya. The issue of Homosexuality is not a matter of birth but a matter of choice and that is why we have petitioned Parliament to clearly outlaw homosexuality,"said Peter Munga chairman of the NGO, Mandate initiative.

Munga while speaking at Kiambu Hotel yesterday urged the west to stop homosexuality on the African continent and asked Africans to uphold moral values that will promote and advance the human race.

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Cardinal Turkson on Human Rights

March 6th, 2014 Chris Sugden Posted in Homosexuality, Human Rights, Marriage Comments Off

Address given by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,to a conference on human rights. The conference was in Bratislava, organized by the Slovakian bishops' conference.

Many people speak of human rights. Very rightly, they refer to their violations. Very rightly, they proclaim that human rights must be protected. Very rightly, they advocate that human rights must be promoted. Yet what are the human rights we are talking about?

The first sentence of the Preamble of the Universal Declaration states: “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” That is, the ground, the foundation, the substrate of human rights and freedoms is “the inherent dignity of the human person”.

This dignity is perceived and understood first of all by reason. It is not found in the human will or in the reality of the State or in public powers. It is found in the human person himself and in God his Creator. The philosopher Jacques Maritain, who helped to draft the Universal Declaration, put this point succinctly when he wrote:

the worth of the person, his liberty, his rights arise from the order of naturally sacred things which bear upon them the imprint of the Father of Being and which have in him the goal of their movement. A person possesses absolute dignity because he is in direct relationship with the Absolute, in which alone he can find his complete fulfilment.

This is utterly radical. Your human rights and mine do not depend upon the will of other people. Human rights arise from our dignity as created in the image and likeness of God.

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The Church has a serious concern when the ideology of a particular group of individuals can somehow create a new human right. One example is the attempt on the part of some to legitimize the killing of an unborn child through the promotion of so-called “reproductive rights”, “reproductive services” and other loaded terms which mask the tragedy of abortion. 

Euthanasia, according to some, should also be a human right, and not only for adults! For the first time in history, in February 2014, the Belgian parliament accepted the principle that even a child, with no limit of minimum age, could ask to be killed to end his/her suffering. "This law – the Bishops of Belgium wrote — opens the doors to the extension of euthanasia to the handicapped, the demented, the mentally ill and eventually to those who are tired of life.” Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, said it is urgent to rediscover how to support the vulnerable people around us so that our society can once again call itself “human society”. 

Another example is the use of the term “gender” to suggest that sex is not biologically grounded as male and female but is simply a social construct or produced by what individuals think or feel they are. Moreover, attempts to recognize those engaging in homosexual behaviour as a specific group to be accorded human rights go beyond the protection to be guaranteed to all people under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Related to this is the suggestion that marriage could somehow be redefined, despite the fact that marriage is, by nature, between one man and one woman for their mutual love and increase of the human family, as affirmed in international law. Such positions distort reality because they attempt to rewrite human nature, which de natura cannot be rewritten.

As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago stated with great clarity, “The nature of marriage is not a religious question. Marriage comes to us from nature. Christ sanctifies marriage as a sacrament for the baptized, giving it significance beyond its natural reality; the State protects marriage because it is essential to family and to the common good of society. But neither Church nor State invented marriage, and neither can change its nature.”

In this context, the Church vigorously upholds the rights to life and bodily security of everyone, everyone, regardless of their perceived “sexual differences.” The Church sees this as a matter of the most basic rights. Homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

Thus, while the Church regrets the discordance between homosexual behaviour as such and what we understand as the norm for God-given human nature, she upholds the integrity of everyone’s rights. See our Lord’s reaction when the townspeople wished to stone a woman to death for adultery: He managed to preserve her life and bodily security (John 8:1-11).

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Anglican Church in Nigeria subjects members to oath denouncing homosexuality

March 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Homosexuality, Nigeria Comments Off

From Nigeria Daily Post

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has introduced a clause in its constitution subjecting members, who intend to hold positions in church, to take an oath of allegiance to God denouncing homosexuality.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the public denunciation took place in Abuja on Sunday at St. Matthews, Maitama, during the swearing-in of new members of the Parish Church Council (PCC).

The Vicar of the church, Ven. Ben Idume, who administered the oath to members of the PCC, said the church recognised that those with such sexual orientation needed help and counselling.

“But they would not be allowed to hold any position in church,’’ he said.

The legislation is significant because it applies to members of the laity, clergy and house of bishops of the church.

It also banned bisexuals from holding any church office.

The text of the vow reads: “I declare before God and his Church that I have never been a homosexual/bisexual or (have repented from being homosexual/bisexual) and I vow that I will not indulge in the practise of homosexuality/bisexuality.

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New Genetic Study Repeats Old Unproven Theory

March 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Homosexuality, Nature/Nurture Comments Off

From Voice of the Voiceless

We want to jump on this new junk science article right away because we’ve been down the Xq28 road before and this unreleased study managed to suspiciously get a Valentine’s Day news release without peer review. We’ve excerpted and highlighted the laughable holes for you. The attempt to pass this off as anything new or valid in a Valentine’s Day news release is insipid politics. According to The Guardian:

“A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on men’s sexual behaviour – though scientists have no idea which of the many genes in the region are involved, nor how many lie elsewhere in the genome. Another stretch of DNA on chromosome 8 also played a role in male sexual orientation – though again the precise mechanism is unclear.”
Researchers have “speculated” in the past that genes linked to homosexuality in men “may” have survived evolution because they happened to make women who carried them more fertile. This “may” be the case for genes in the Xq28 region, as the X chromosome is passed down to men exclusively from their mothers.
 
“The work has yet to be published…”
 
…the authors found that [only] 33 out of 40 gay brothers inherited similar genetic markers…
 
The gene or genes in the Xq28 region that influence sexual orientation have a limited and variable impact. Not all of the gay men in Bailey’s study inherited the same Xq28 region. The genes were neither sufficient, nor necessary, to make any of the men gay.
 
 
 
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