Monthly Archives: April 2014

Willful Blindness to the Facts: How the UK’s Professional Bodies Choose to Ignore Science

StonewallProtestorsIn February 2014 the major professional bodies for counsellors and psychotherapists (the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), British Psychological Society (BPS), Royal College of Psychiatrists (RcolPsy) and the National Counseling Society (NCS)) produced a document with the pro-gay therapy group Pink Therapy and the gay rights lobby group Stonewall.

Called “Conversion Therapy Consensus Statement” this document, on behalf of the Department of Health, claims to provide those seeking therapy, those seeking to offer therapy, and those seeking to refer people for therapy the best advice on what to do when someone has unwanted homosexual feelings. I emphasize the word claim as this is what it fails to do. In fact the document does the complete opposite. Not only does it fail to provide any proper scientific basis for its claims it deliberately misleads the reader as to what science does say by ignoring the research out there. In doing so the various mental health bodies willing put the mental health of potential clients at risk.

Everyone of the professional bodies behind the document have been asked to provide the following:

1. The details of any longitudinal study, either with or without a control group, that shows sexual orientation change efforts to cause long term harm to the client or that shows sexual orientation change efforts to be ineffective in the majority of cases. If this has been compared to the risk of harm from and the effectiveness of other therapies this would be helpful.

2. Any testimony based study that uses a recognized measure of psychological harm that shows sexual orientation change efforts to be either harmful or ineffective

3. Any independent testimony based study that shows sexual orientation change efforts to be either harmful or ineffective, by independent I mean that it was not sponsored by a homosexual rights lobby group and that it did not recruit participants through advertising for those with a specific answer.

4. Any study, either longitudinal or testimony based, that shows therapy to help someone accept their homosexual feelings to be effective or that it does not cause harm.

As yet all the bodies have failed to provide such evidence whether to me, or to bodies such as CORE Issues or Christian Concern. Why? Because there is none!

The UKCP, the main authors of the document, rely heavily on a 2002 paper by Drecher, Shidlo and Schroeder. The problem this is that this paper is not actually research. It is a rehash of opinion pieces by the authors with reference to the notorious research by Shidlo and Schroeder. For those who may not be aware of this original research, Shidlo and Schroeder were recruited and paid by the National Gay and Lesbian Heath Association to undertake research to prove that sexual orientation change efforts were dangerous. This research was advertised in the media using the following advert.

RESEARCH

Homophobic Therapies: Documenting the Damage

The National Lesbian & Gay Health Association is sponsoring an investigation of the outcomes of so-called treatments of the so-called disorder of homosexuality. Here’s their press release:

Did you know that counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists still attempt to treat **homosexuality** as a **disorder**

Did you know that currently there is an organized association of psychologists/psychiatrists who meet yearly to develop new **”conversion treatments”** for homosexuality?

Did you know that countless “gay recovery” programs exist through the United States, yet these programs refuse to publish their data on treatment outcomes?

We are currently attempting to research the outcomes of these so-called treatments of the so-called disorder of homosexuality. Our purpose is to document the damage which we believe occurs when a gay or lesbian client encounters “psychological help” from a homophobic treatment program or provider. Despite the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association’s stance that homosexuality is *not* a disorder, there continue to be professionals and organizations who foster the belief that homosexuality is a learned and reparable emotional illness.

You can help make this research possible. If you know of any individuals who have experienced such a program and are willing to talk about it anonymously and confidentially, please refer them to our project. We can interview them either in person or by telephone.

You can be of help in the long process of getting the message out that these “conversion” therapies don’t work and do the opposite of healing *by informing your lesbian/gay/bi communities of our search for participants to be interviewed.* Please announce our project in any upcoming lesbian and gay community meetings and spread the word. **Help Us Document the Damage!** — Drs. Michael Schroeder & Ariel Shidlo, Co-Researchers, 412 6th Ave., Suite 602, New York, NY 10011, 212-353-2558, gayconvert@aol.com

Despite this willful bias the various professional bodies are willing to use this as the basis for their document – even though the original paper states that it should not be used as evidence to prevent people entering SOCE! So not only are the UKCP et al. basing their “ethics” on bad research, they are ignoring the caveat of the researchers. They are then using this pseudo-ethical position to dictate the policies of the UK government’s policy on who can and cannot be a “therapist”. This is before we point out the misquoting of the American Psychological Association’s “report” on sexual orientation change efforts (a report written by a group of authors chosen because they were already anti-SOCE).

Phelim McIntyre, N.L.P.M.P. is a professional counselor and life coach specializing in issues concerning masculinity, including sexual orientation, based in the South of England. He is an ex-homosexual, having come out at the age of 13  and now overcoming SSA. He has now been straight for over 10 years.

Tolerance for Some, Totalitarianism for Others

Last week, conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer penned an op-ed in The Washington Post where he stated: “the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced.”

In his piece, Krauthammer references Brendan Eich, former CEO of Mozilla Corporation, who was recently forced to resign due to a $1,000 private contribution in 2008 supporting California’s Proposition 8 referendum defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Apparently, the co-founder of the technology giant was fit to trail blaze many of its innovative products and ideas, but was too bigoted to lead the company because the issue of homosexuality — and by extension, gay marriage — has been settled as a natural equivalent to traditional marriage. Anyone who opposes must be cleansed from any position of authority, or worse, must not be allowed a public platform of any sort.

Public outrage continues towards Mozilla’s actions, from petitions threatening to boycott the company, to formal letters signed by dozens of pro-family organizations seeking clarification of the corporation’s policy on diversity. Naturally, the free market will settle this type of nonsense, as it did with A&E’s Duck Dynasty fiasco. If enough people cease to use Mozilla’s Firefox web browser and let their voices be heard, the corporation will be forced to rethink its policy of putting political correctness over sound leadership despite certain unsavory political views its management holds. But this and other recent free speech controversies is cause for concern.

Take, for example, a recent fluff article published in The Guardian about Newsweek’s new co-owner, Jonathan Davis, who last year described on his personal Facebook page, an op-ed from yours truly about homosexuality and the possibility of sexual orientation change, as “shockingly accurate,” saying it “cuts like a hot knife through a buttery block of lies.” While the article’s conspiracy theories of Davis’ connections are dubious at best, the underlying implications of such journalism reinforce the latest tactics of the grievance industry: dare not affiliate yourself, nor endorse, nor even think about going against the accepted talking points of the liberal machine, lest you be silenced and destroyed.

But it’s not enough to defame and censor such voices, they must be completely shut down, labeled as “hate speech,” and relegated to the dustbins of antiquated thinking. Just this week, pro-family Christian activist Peter LaBarbera was first detained at the border, then later arrested while distributing literature at a Canadian university opposing abortion and homosexual behavior. His charge: “Biblical Hate Speech,” which is not protected under Canada’s Human Rights Code. In totalitarian fashion, gay activists cheered while LaBarbera was handcuffed and removed from the “open-minded” public university.

The reality is, allowing such “hate speech” would likely challenge the grievance industry’s collective support for liberal politicians, who in turn grant them special rights in favor. Is it any wonder why gay activists consistently assault Christianity for its failure to capitulate its doctrine to support gay marriage, yet barely mention Islam’s identical, if not more hostile, stance on homosexual behavior? To do so would disrupt a solid democratic voting block in support of consistency – but let’s just be quiet about that inconvenient fact while beating the drum of tolerance and diversity to score cheap political points.

Sooner or later, the American populace will wake up to the reality that their freedoms are being used as pawns on a political chessboard to manipulate and control thought in the effort to dictate moral conscience. There are few more ways to divide the country in order to continue the smorgasbord of promoting diversity in the effort to right social wrongs – but eventually the wrongs will have gained the necessary power to exercise a new brand of justice, totalitarian style. But that’s not a new idea, just an old death sentence disguised in the name of tolerance — for some. (Note: This article was originally published at BARBWIRE at: http://barbwire.com/2014/04/17/unfinished-tolerance-totalitarianism-others/)

Christopher Doyle is the President of Voice of the Voiceless, the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. His work has been featured in USA Today, Associated Press, The Washington Post, NBC News, The Christian Post, and many more. For more information, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info . Follow Christopher on Twitter at @VoVChrisDoyle and Facebook by clicking here

Christian Pro-Family Activist Arrested for ‘Biblical Hate Speech’ in Canada to Cheers from LGBT Activists

Last night, BARBWIRE reported that Christian pro-family activist Peter Labarbera and fellow Canadian pro-life activist Bill Whatcott were arrested at a university in Canada:

American pro-family advocate Peter LaBarbera and his Canadian Christian host Bill Whatcott have reportedly been arrested in Regina, Saskatchewan. It is believed that biblical “hate speech” may be the charge. Canadian radio station CJME has further, liberally biased details: Peter LaBarbera, the controversial head of an American lobby group that has been labelled a hate group by the South (ern) Poverty Law Center, and Bill Whatcott, an abortion activist who has a history of legal troubles in Saskatchewan, were taken into custody by the Regina Police Service. News Talk Radio’s Kevin Martel observed police officers tell the two to leave the school’s campus or risk being arrested; after some discussion the men refused to move and were arrested for trespassing.

LaBarbera and Whatcott were in Weyburn over the weekend to speak at a pro-life conference. They were at the school attempting to hand out anti-abortion and anti-gay pamphlets, flanked by large placards depicting aborted fetuses. It isn’t the first time Whatcott has been in trouble with the law in Saskatchewan. Several human rights complaints were filed against him after he handed out anti-gay pamphlets more than a dozen years ago. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which found Whatcott has violated the province’s Human Rights Code. He was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500.

Meanwhile, Twitter erupted last night with the news of the arrests. After tweeting the article, self-proclaimed “Mainstream Journalist” and “Critic of the Christian Right” (not sure how that constitutes Mr. Airhart as mainstream) replied to my posting of the article (which he later edited):

@VoVChrisDoyle Irony: LaBarbera supported apartheid, rightist dictators and militias. Wants Jamaican gays jailed. He opposes free speech

01:48 AM – 15 Apr 14

 To which I replied:

@mairhart I guess the relevant question is, do YOU support free speech for @PeterLaBarbera and all others, or just for those you agree with?

He then followed with several tweets:

@RoyceCopley @speaktruth22 @VoVChrisDoyle Peter LaBarbera opposes free speech. Free speech does not include a blanket right to defame.

 

05:25 AM – 15 Apr 14

@RoyceCopley @speaktruth22 @VoVChrisDoyle Chris Doyle refuses thus far to defend human rights OR free speech.

05:26 AM – 15 Apr 14

For the record, I support human rights AND free speech. However, I do not support special rights for some at the expense of free speech for others. This is apparently what the Canadian Human Rights Code entails, not that I am an expert on Canadian law. While I cannot defend or verify Labarbera’s positions on all of the accusations that Airhart makes, I do not believe Labarbera and Whatcott posed any significant threat to the LGBT community in Canada, nor is Airhart’s claims of defamation accurate.

As a “mainstream journalist” Airhart should know that defamation entails a specific individual, not a general group of people. Nonetheless, Labarbera opposes homosexual behavior, not homosexual-identified persons. I know Labarbera and have spoken to him on more than one occasion. While I do not support all of his positions and share all of his views, I do not believe he is a hateful man, comparable to Fred Phelps. Labarbera is genuinely concerned for individuals who take part in homosexual behavior and has invested a substantial amount of his career to bringing attention to the risks of homosexual behavior. He is not shouting on the streets that “God Hates Fags”…his materials and views, while distasteful to some, are based on medical science. That LGBT activists so desperately want to shut him up and support his incarceration says a lot for their agenda: “tolerance for some, totalitarianism for others.”

crime-km-regina-anti gay american speaker peter labarbera arrested at university of regina-april 14 2014-2

Christopher Doyle is the President of Voice of the Voiceless, the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals,   individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. For more information, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info

PUBLIC STATEMENT AND REQUEST FOR FORMAL CLARIFICATION BY MOZILLA CORPORATION REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF CEO BRENDAN EICH

PUBLIC STATEMENT AND REQUEST FOR FORMAL CLARIFICATION BY MOZILLA CORPORATION REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF CEO BRENDAN EICH

Update: Read the article on LifeSiteNews.com by clicking here

Date: 04/04/14

 

To:  Mozilla Corporation

 

In review of the recent circumstances which resulted in the resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla Corporation significant concerns of a large number of individuals and businesses have been raised.  Those affected include organizations comprised and representative of those individuals who have changed or seek to change their sexual preference, their supporters and supporting businesses, and individuals and businesses supporting Mozilla and supporting or participating Mozilla employees.  Upon review of details reported in the press and statements made both during and after Mr. Eich’s resignation by Mozilla, our organizations have made the following observations and conclusions:

WHEREAS – Mozilla touts an inclusive, safe environment embracing and defending diversity within its organization, it contrarily allowed for a workplace environment so hostile to Mr. Eich as to pressure him into resignation.

WHEREAS – Mozilla touts inclusiveness within its business, it inappropriately uses personal and private opinions, including non-work related activities, as a justification to allow for a hostile workplace environment in support of internal populist politics and to punish employees for their rightful participation in matters of public policy.

WHEREAS – Mozilla defends the notion of diversity, Mozilla Corporate has clearly taken sides against the American public and an unknown number of Mozilla employees on an issue for which other corporations, such as Cisco and Bank of America, have publicly stated they will ensure employee rights to their own opinion and protect their participation on matters of public policy while maintaining a safe and diverse workplace.  Mozilla has clearly failed in this regard.

WHEREAS – Workplace diversity is commonly accepted to refer to important personal traits such as race, religion, origin, physical ability or disability and ethnicity, Mozilla has opted to inappropriately include in their workplace the irrelevant and often fluid private issue of sexual proclivities making for a hostile working environment for those privately struggling with, objecting to certain behaviors or in the process of changing their personal sexual identity.

WHEREAS – the voting majority of the United States and the majority of nations hosting Mozilla operations have made clear their position on the public policy matter of so-called ‘gay’ marriage, Mozilla has taken an opposing position to their host nations and the voting majority of the US, thus a huge segment of their customers and an unknown number of its own employees.  The opinion of the American public in this regard was made clear in the unprecedented public reaction to incidents with Chick-Fil-A and A&E networks for which Mozilla seems determined to form a trio.

WHEREAS – Brendan Eich has been, and will go down in history as, an individual who has made rarely equaled contributions to society through technological advancement, Mozilla as a technology company appears to be making the statement that improving lives through technology is no longer their primary mission as it permits a workplace hostile to the talent making that mission possible.

WHEREAS – Mozilla’s allowance of this workplace hostility and the loss of Brendan Eich over a minor partisan political issue a priority over their purpose and mission – users, customers, investors and dependent businesses of Mozilla products would seem to want to question the reliability of Mozilla and their invested dependence on Mozilla products.

 

IN CONCLUSION – We, our members, supporters and supporting businesses call for Mozilla to make a clear statement to its employees as to whether this incident is a dog whistle to all pro-marriage, pro-family, pro-life and religious employees and talent to vacate the company or will Mozilla ensure a truly diverse and safe workplace environment for them.

IN CONCLUSION – We, our members, supporters and supporting businesses call for Mozilla to make a public statement to all of its pro-marriage, pro-family, pro-life and religious investors, users, supporters, personal and business customers as to whether Mozilla holds a discriminatory intent toward doing business with them based on their public policy participation or positions on those policies.

 

SIGNING ORGANIZATIONS:

 

-SEE BELOW-

SIGNED:

VOICE OF THE VOICELESS

CENTER FOR MARRIAGE POLICY

DAVID H. PICKUP, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

A-GATE SPRINGHEAD UK

MISSION AMERICA

Chaplain GORDON JAMERS KLINGENSCHMITT, Ph.D., ‘THE PRAY IN JESUS NAME PROJECT’

AFTAH

GABRIELE KUBY, Author

ANDRE VILLENUEVE, Ph.D. John Vianney Seminary

PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF GAYS AND EX-GAYS (PFOX)

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS

A-GATE UK

JASON – INTERNATIONAL EX-GAY MINISTRY

JONAH INTERNATIONAL

CATHOLICS FOR ISRAEL

HELP4FAMILIES

GAYMARRIAGENOTHANKS UK

PARAKALEO MINISTRY UK

BTS FACHGESELLSCHAFT für PSYCHOLOGIE und SEELSORGEE gGmbH, Germany

THE OVERCOMERS NETWORK

DR. ROBERT GAGNON, Ph.D

RESTORED HOPE NETWORK

LUKAS KIENER, M.D., Facharzt für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie FMHBärenmatte, Switzerland

AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

 

 

Truth Wins Out! Illinois Becomes Fifth State to Reject Change Therapy Ban Bill

Education Campaign from Ex-Gays and Equality and Justice For All Key in Victory

projectq_ex-gay_press_conference_(1_of_2)

Anti-ex-gay activist Wayne Besen failed miserably to convince his own liberal-dominated legislature in Illinois to ban therapy for minor clients with unwanted SSA.

Late yesterday afternoon, the Illinois House voted 44 to 51 to reject HB 5569, a bill that would have prohibited minors with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) from receiving Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) therapy from a licensed mental health practitioner. Illinois became the fifth state in a row to reject this legislation, following Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, and Virginia, whose legislatures also voted down similar bills in 2014.

“It’s clear that even the most progressive states do not want to pass laws that take away the rights of individuals when the foundation of such legislation is based on lies and misinformation,” commented Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless. “There is not one research study published in the scientific peer-reviewed literature that has studied the outcomes of minors undergoing SOCE therapy – any attempt to ban clients from receiving help for unwanted SSA is pure political propaganda from gay activists.”

The Illinois Family Institute (who worked hard with ex-gays from Equality And Justice For All, the only non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights of ex-gay and clients with unwanted SSA) to educate legislators in the state to reject this bill, wrote the following of the bill’s lesbian sponsor, Kelly Cassidy: “In a remarkable display of rhetorical excess, Cassidy argued that minors who desire to change their unwanted SSA through counseling are ‘horribly and humiliatingly abused.’ It boggles the mind that Cassidy would expect her colleagues to believe that every counselor who helps minors with unwanted SSA ‘horribly and humiliatingly’ abuses their young clients. Further, Cassidy expected her colleagues to believe her without any conclusive studies to support such an outlandish claim.”

But this type of behavior is commonplace for gay activists. For example, last year a transgender activist in New Jersey claimed she was sent to a “conversion therapy torture camp” in Ohio that used electroshock therapy to zap her from gay to straight. An investigation published at WorldNetDaily.com found the entire “testimony” was a hoax taken from a 1997 movie starring drag queen RuPaul. Similarly a witness testifying in a January committee hearing in Washington said that a licensed therapist forced a child to watch pornography while in an ice bath so that the client would associate sexual arousal with pain. However, when questioned after the hearing, the woman refused to provide the name of the therapist and when it happened; nor was she willing to do any research to help uncover whether, if it had in fact happened, it was a licensed therapist.

“Legislatures around the country are now waking up to the reality that ex-gays are a fact and gay activists’ stories of ‘therapy torture’ are fiction,” commented Doyle. “We applaud the many lawmakers in Illinois who met with ex-gays, heard their stories of change, and refused to listen to the lies of anti-ex-gay activists like Wayne Besen, who is now headquartered in Chicago and failed miserably in his own liberal-dominated state to get this legislation passed. It goes to show that truth really does win out – when ex-gays speak up, politicians listen.”

 

###

Voice of the Voiceless is the only anti-defamation league defending the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. For more information, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info