Feb 21, 2011
Where Is Your Brother, a new christain novel by Canadian author Marion Heath, claims homosexuality can be cured through prayer and the power of Jesus. The story follows the adventures of Ryan, who leaves his screeching wife and two children for the arms of his true love Tony. But of course Ryan’s newly found blissful life is uprooted by Jesus, who intervenes and ruins it for the happy couple. Ryan is returned to his “straight” ways through the power of prayer.
According to the book jacket the story is a work of fiction not based on any studies or actual “repaired” homosexuals.
Although this book is fictional, many readers will have a strong feeling that it is based on a true story.
The simple reason that the book doesn’t use an actual “ex-Gay” is because they don’t exist. Reparative therapy was concocted by christian leadership to counter the American Psychological Associations removal of homosexuality as a mental disease. Focus on the Family was a driving force behind the reparative therapy movement and has made hundreds of millions of dollars promoting this cure as they demonize Gays and Lesbians.
Joseph Nicolosi’s Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality, published in 1991, introduced reparative therapy as a term for psychotherapeutic attempts to convert gay people to heterosexuality.
Nicolosi promotes psychoanalytic theories suggesting that homosexuality is a form of arrested psychosexual development, resulting from “an incomplete bond and resultant identification with the same-sex parent, which is then symbolically repaired in psychotherapy”. Nicolosi’s intervention plans involve conditioning a man to a traditional masculine gender role through prayer and counseling.
Nicolosi is a founding member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), and was for some time its president. NARTH is a pseudo science christian ministry created to institutionalize discrimination and violence against Gays and Lesbians by promoting the false claim that sexual orientation is a dangerous lifestyle choice that can be changed.
NARTH was recently rocked by scandal when Dr. George Rekers, a founding member and cured homosexual, was caught returning from a 10 day European vacation with a well endowed “rentboy”. The hung male hooker was paid to provide “services” to Rekers during his family free romp through the old country.
The scandal pretty well ended any speculation that reparative therapy works.
There has been exactly one scientific peer reviewed study done on the effectiveness of christian based reparative therapy. The 2002 study looked at how many patients treated with the controversial therapy were cured of their homosexuality.
Ariel Shidlo and Michael Schroeder found in “Changing Sexual Orientation: A Consumer’s Report”, a peer-reviewed study published in 2002, that 88% of participants failed to achieve a sustained change in their sexual behavior and 3% reported changing their orientation to heterosexual. The remainder reported either losing all sexual drive or attempting to remain celibate, with no change in attraction. Some of the participants who failed felt a sense of shame and had gone through conversion therapy programs for many years. Others who failed believed that therapy was worthwhile and valuable.
Shidlo and Schroeder also reported that many respondents were harmed by the attempt to change. Of the 8 respondents (out of a sample of 202) who reported a change in sexual orientation, 7 worked as ex-gay counselors or group leaders.
In other words the only people claiming that reparative therapy works are those profiting from reparative therapy…like the author of this book.
Every accredited psychological institution in the United States condones reparative therapy as dangerous and ineffective. Homosexuality is a normal, natural and unchangeable sexual orientation, any attempt to change it can result in severe psychological damage to the patient. The American Psychiatric Association issues the following statement about reparative therapy.
“For over three decades the consensus of the mental health community has been that homosexuality is not an illness and therefore not in need of a cure,” the statement said.
“The APA’s concern about the positions espoused by NARTH and so-called conversion therapy is that they are not supported by the science. There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.”
All major national mental health organizations have officially expressed concerns about therapies promoted to modify sexual orientation. To date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation (sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy) is safe or effective. Furthermore, it seems likely that the promotion of change therapies reinforces stereotypes and contributes to a negative climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.
You cannot pray the Gay away. Sexual orientation cannot be changed and reparative therapy does not work. For those interested, here is the treatment plan designed by Nicolosi to turn the homosexual into a god fearing heterosexual.
(1) Participate in sports activities
(2) Avoid activities considered of interest to homosexuals, such as art museums, opera, symphonies
(3) Avoid women unless it is for romantic contact
(4) Increase time spent with heterosexual men in order to learn to mimic heterosexual male ways of walking, talking, and interacting with other heterosexual men
(5) Attend church and join a male only church group
(6) Attend reparative therapy group to discuss progress, or slips back into homosexuality
(7) Become more assertive with women through flirting and dating
(8) Begin heterosexual dating
(9) Engage in heterosexual intercourse
(10) Enter into heterosexual marriage
(11) Father children
Well after reading that I am truly surprised that reparative therapy doesn’t work more often!