Bring out the heterosexual in you? What?!? Watch this entertaining but terribly unnerving clip from Jon Stewart about Texas’ renewed commitment to the miserably failed, dangerous and harmful “reparative therapy.”
Just click on the photo to the left to watch.
When the clinical psychologist was asked about “trying to get the gay out of people,” he said, “I would rather say we’re trying to bring out the heterosexuality in you.”
“But that’s the thing they don’t have in them,” John Stewart said. “It’s like giving a woman a C-section who is not pregnant. You won’t find what you’re looking for… but you will leave a scar!”
Well said. You won’t find what you’re looking for… but you will leave a scar.
That’s what has happened entirely too much: leaving scars. Deep, devastating, life-altering, sometimes life-destroying scars.
Reparative therapy doesn’t work. It does not work.
You don’t have to march in a Pride parade, or become an advocate if you just can’t go there — but seriously. We are called to love as we have been loved – which is unconditionally. And we should never have that kind of control over another human being. Whether you agree with them or not, it’s way out-of-bounds.
Reparative therapy has been proven as not only ineffective but incredibly harmful. It’s largest proponents have abandoned it and apologized for all the hurt they caused.
It has no place in any of our lives. And it has no place in Texas.
There is nothing to “get out” or repair.
It has already caused way too many scars.
[To read more from Susan Cottrell, visit www.FreedHearts.org]
SUSAN COTTRELL is a national speaker, teacher, and counselor with years of Biblical study and discipleship experience. Her books include: Mom, I’m Gay – Loving Your LGBTQ Child Without Sacrificing Your Faith, as well as How Not to Lose Your Teen and The Marriage Renovation. Through her nonprofit organization – FreedHearts.org – Susan champions the LGBTQ community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that “loving God and loving others” are the foundation of the rest of the scripture, just as Jesus said.
She is the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin, and her “Mom, I’m Gay” book has been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign and others. Sharon Groves, PhD, HRC’s Religion & Faith Program Director says, “I often get asked by parents for resources that can address the struggles of raising LGBT sons and daughters without having to leave faith behind. Susan Cottrell’s book, Mom, I’m Gay, does just that. This is the kind of book that parents will love.”
She and her husband have been married more than 25 years and have five children – one of whom is in the LGBTQ community. She lives in Austin, Texas, and blogs at FreedHearts.org and here in IMPACT Magazine’s FreedHearts and Jesus Blog columns.