Comment of the Day

Readers disagree about whether reparative therapy is gay cure or cruel hoax

Dr. Robert Spitzer's decision to repudiate his own study supporting reparative therapy -- in essence, a "cure" for being gay -- fired up disagreements in our post between Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton and One Colorado's Brad Clark, as well as folks analyzing their views. Here's a provocative exchange between readers with very different opinions on the subject.

Bigdaddygenius writes:

Um...interesting thought, but no. First, "reparative therapy" doesn't work -- it's snake oil and it is degrading and cruel. Second, Trans surgery is about becoming who one is, torture the gay away therapy is about denying who one is. And third -- it's insulting to suggest to tens of millions of people throughout the world that they should change the way they were born because it makes some intelligence-free bigots in Colorado Springs uncomfortable. Would you tell women to undergo reparative therapy to think more like a man? Would you tell black people to take a pill to make their skin white and solve all their problems? Would you tell Muslims to rehabilitate as Christians? Live and let live, people. FOTF is a disgusting institution leading its blind flock with a broken moral compass and getting rich in the process. They have monetized the ridicule of gay people. I would suggest we burn them to the ground, but I don't want to cause another forest fire lol.

Thinker writes:

"First, "reparative therapy" doesn't work -- it's snake oil and it is degrading and cruel."

This is an opinion, not a fact. Don't you demean and/or discriminate against someone who has changed themself through whatever reparative method? Your "live and let live" argument must apply here as well.

"Second, Trans surgery is about becoming who one is."

Biologically, you are born a man or a woman. You may believe yourself to be another sex (psychology), but biologically, you are what your biology dictates until you change that. If being gay is, in fact, biology/genetics, then this is no different than if you are born gay and want to change and be hetero.

"And third -- it's insulting to suggest to tens of millions of people throughout the world that they should change the way they were born because it make some intelligence-free bigots in Colorado Springs uncomfortable."

Isn't it also as insulting to suggest that people can't make their own decisions to want to change from gay to straight without some "intelligence-free bigots" influencing them?

If the "live and let live" principal applies, you must apply it evenly and allow those people to choose their own destiny and allow these organizations to help those folks reach the destination THEY choose.

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