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Pseudo-science And Religion: Drapetomania To Homomania

On their Facebook page, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) says that being gay is a mental illness.  It’s true because they say so!  Read the comments over at GoodAsYou; there are some excellent, well thought-out critiques on NOM’s pseudo-scientific claims.

It is really appalling to examine the lengths that religious extremists will go to justify their bigotry and hatred, and using their Bible to do it — I’ve discovered the term “drapetomania” (2nd paragraph below the Facebook screenshot).

“I believe …”, begins the quote by Louis J. Marinelli III, of NOM, and that is all it takes for a christianist to declare something as fact.

"I believe ..." turns anything into fact for christianists, with no regard for mountains of scientific data from medical, psychological, and social research findings.

Well, then what would one call the “mental illness” with the symptoms of refusing to be treated worse than garbage and having one’s basic human rights legislated away?  I think what I have, then, is “homomania”, ‘cuz the fantastic lies these people spew make this homo crazy-mad.

Physician Samuel Cartwright (1793-1863) coined the term "drapetomania"

In the 1800’s, when slaves had the annoying habit of running away from their masters, the Louisiana physician Samuel A. Cartwright “diagnosed” this “mental illness” and coined the term drapetomania.

His reasoning was that since God created some people to be slaves, that their NORMAL inclination (in caps, like in the NOM post shown, it helps to make it true), their NORMAL state of mind put there by God, was to be subservient to their masters.  Therefore, the “unnatural” desire to run away from their masters must be a mental illness.  Emphasis added:

Cartwright described the disorder — which, he said, was “unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers”[4] — in a paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana[5] that was widely reprinted.

He stated that the malady was a consequence of masters who “made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals.”[6]

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Exodus Says It’s No Miracle Cure – Well, Fuckin’ DUH!

Fionola Meredith of The Irish Times, “I love Jesus (but not in a gay way)” (via Truth Wins Out)writes about Exodus’ Alan Chambers’ coming visit to Northern Ireland for a “pray away the gay” conference —woo-hoo!  Chambers makes his tacit admission that “conversion therapy” just doesn’t work … and I say, “DUH!”   The whole article is a good read … (emphasis mine):

Chambers admits that the faith-based approach advocated by Exodus isn’t a miracle cure: “While some do absolutely see an eradication over time of their same-sex struggles, most see a lessening. Some see no change whatsoever. In my case, I did experience a great shift in my attractions . . . and when I met my wife, Leslie, the connection I felt with her was unmistakable – a deep unselfish love, very different than the selfish, self-focused lust/love I’d had for the men I’d fallen for.”

[face/palm] … where to begin?  First, congratulations, seriously, on finding that special someone … you know, like everybody else wants to do (even if that special someone is *gasp* the same sex).  And, it must take some kind of honesty to admit that the scam therapy doesn’t work, but why keep pushing it?  Oh, yeah, money.  O.K., so yeeeah, we know that heterosexual men and women never-ever marry for lust, or convenience, or status, or any other selfish reason … </sarcasm>  Of course, they do it all the time.  It’s also very sad and too bad that your life has been vapid and selfishly motivated.  But — speak for yourself.  This business of equating your lives to all gay people, this ‘all gay equals bad’, and ‘all hetero equals good’ really rubs me the wrong way.  I know people, both gay and straight, who are wonderful people, and some who ain’t so ‘wonderful’.

So doesn’t he ever feel tempted to go back to his old gay ways? “I am human and humans struggle. But the temptation for me is the same as it would be for any husband.” In coming to Ireland, Chambers says he hopes to “share an honest story about a man who once was lost but now is found. There are people in need of the same hope that I found; people who want to put God above their sexuality”.

… um, but dood … “any husband” of a woman doesn’t lust after other men.

British journalist Patrick Strudwick went undercover in a conversion program run by an associate of the disgraced sleezebag Iris Robinson.  Some more excerpts below (emphasis mine) but the whole article is very worth the read:

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Rekers’ Apologist Alan Chambers Forgets The Victims

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apologist for George Rekers

The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, in his absolutely nauseating defense of George Rekers, completely ignores the victims: untold numbers of families that have been ruined by his lies during his 30-something year career scam span.

It’s sickening, the pretentious holy bullshit, the tired christian victim cliches: poor, poor Dr. Rekers, he “fell from grace”.  That’s all they’re about, worried about their “walk with the Lord”, their “salvation” and the next life, while fucking up the real one we all have.  Chambers says:

“As it turns out, that young man happens to be a prostitute. … Dr. Rekers actions, at best, lacked an enormous amount of discernment. At worst, he is guilty of leading a double life.”

Really? … “as it turns out”?!  Oh, I think he discerned quite well in his search for a “luggage handler”.  He knew right where to go, and there was no malfunction of “discernment”, no “oh, I just accidentally logged into this male escort website with my username and password”, there was no “what? oh, my goodness, you’re a what?”.  As for the “At worst” part of your sentence.  Rekers is obviously living a double life, d-f; this is not something he whimsically fell prey to, from a chance temptation from “Satan”.  The “At worst” part is the untold pain and heartache he brought onto the children and families against whom he bore false testimony.

“Despite the familiar human desire to throw the stone in my hand at Dr. Rekers, I cannot. He is a human who seems to have made a mistake. He is a Christian who seems to be guilty of practicing what he has preached against. It is that fact that alone causes the deepest feelings of anger to arise no matter what side of the debate one falls. Regardless of any sexual impropriety, his actions were not above reproach and that has hurt his excellent reputation.”

Fine, keep your stones, I have a pile at my feet I’ve been collecting — I’m throwin’ ’em back.  Rekers did not “make a mistake”.  He has intentionally lived a fraud, professing “Christ”, putting on this grand act of morality (to hide the fact that he has none), getting paid thousands of dollars to sit in a witness chair in a court of law and lie and dehumanize and defame good people, trying to deny children their chance at a warm and loving home, children who were thrown away by their heterosexual parents, children who no one wanted.  The judge in the Florida case said the kids under the care of the gentlman were “thriving“.  The oldest didn’t even know what a book was; he hoarded his food at meals, because he was afraid; it took a month for him to talk; Rekers wanted to condemn those kids to be shuffled around, unwanted and unloved.

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