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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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NARTH Lifts Their Luggage To Philadelphia, Met With Protest

Photo grabbed from JMG's gallery

Yesterday was the annual NARTH convention, held this year in Philadelphia.  You might remember the recent “Rent Boy” scandal with one of NARTH’s founders and board members, Dr. George Rekers.  NARTH

See photos of the bigots and read coverage of the protest at GoodAsYou, Joe.My.God. (and here), TruthWinsOut.

Read also ZACKFordBlogs, “

Love this from Joe.My.God.:

Today I participated in the Truth Wins Out protest at NARTH’sannual convention in Philadelphia, where TWO’s Wayne Besen led a chanting crowd of activists on the sidewalk outside their host hotel. Many of NARTH’s attendees took turns peering at us from the windows, but hid from us (in shame) otherwise. However Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, a speaker at the event, spent quite some time glowering at us from the front sidewalk.

When I first arrived, I got some shots of NARTH attendees inside the hotel, causing one to rush over yelling that I’d be arrested for “stalking” if I didn’t leave. Which I did, but I still got to “stalk” some of these baby-killers out to their cars, as you’ll see below. The tall bald guy is Christopher Doyle, an “ex-gay” who is on the board of PFOX and who is on staff with “ex-gay” whackadoodle Richard Cohen as a “Sexual Reorientation Coach” at the International Healing Foundation. If that wasn’t enough for this professionally “former” cocksucker, he writes newspaper editorials arguing againstthe Day Of Silence. Anyway, I don’t think pillow-whackerRichard Cohen has totally gotten Doyle in touch with his “natural masculine nature,” because when I kept taking photos, Doyle put his hand on his hip and hissed, “I don’t need this. Why don’t you just sssssssstop!”

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George Rekers’ Teen Sex Today

George Rekers; "Teen Sex Today" - what better "hands-on" expert could there be?

George Rekers; "Teen Sex Today" - what better "hands-on" expert could there be?

How much creepier can one get?  Eeewwwww.

Why my blog on teen sex? As a doctor, I’ve talked to way too many teens who are downright angry at the rotten sex advice they’ve heard from adults. Hey, most adults give teens hardly any helpful information about sex in the first place. And then when so-called “experts” step forward to give sex advice, much of it is just flat wrong! Illogical and unscientific sex information can be found all over the Internet, on TV and radio, and even school books. Not only is this totally unfair, but I’ve had teen patients who have been physically and emotionally damaged by following the misleading advice from adults that teens expect to have the right answer.

Teens deserve better! You want straight talk and straight facts from a real expert who really cares about what’s best for you!

Yes, Dr. Pastor George is quite the expert on sex with teens teen sex!

God is for Suckers! has a great read about the good doctor-pastor.  Amen and amen:

But if you’re a Christian and you’re determined to make sure that everyone knows you’re a Christian — as if that somehow makes you better than everyone else — and if you like to spend your time sticking your nose into other people’s personal business so you can make it known far and wide that you don’t approve of their personal business, if you work to limit the rights of those people, and it turns out that you are engaging in the very behaviors you have condemned, then you, my friend, have made yourself a big fat target.  You can talk all you want about how much Jesus loves you and forgives you and thinks you’re just swell.  But keep in mind that Jesus isn’t here.  He’s not talking.  He’s not posting your bail and he’s not coming to your defense.  And his angry, bloodthirsty, vengeful father is not the one you should be worried about.  Worry about the people you’ve hurt, the people you’ve condemned, the people whose lives you’ve damaged.  And keep in mind that you’re on your own, pal.  As the saying goes, Jesus may love you, but everybody else thinks you’re an asshole.

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Colbert Report’s ‘Alpha Dog’ Goes To George Rekers

via Joe.My.God.

Steven Colbert's Alpha Dog award

Colbert awards the "mastiff of masculinity" Dr. Pastor George Rekers with the Alpha Dog Award

Love Colbert! … calls Rekers the “mastiff of masculinity” who “mounted a stiff defense” – BAHAHAHA

I can’t get the video to embed … click the JMG link or the URL below.

URL: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/308752/may-05-2010/alpha-dog-of-the-week—george-rekers

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State Paid FRC’s George Rekers $87k For False Testimony To Ban Gay Adoption

co-founder of the FRC, George Rekers BUSTED!

Vehemently anti-gay Christian leader hired a rentboy(dot)com male "escort"

The male-hooker-buying co-founder of the Family Research Council was PAID $87k by Florida for his false testimony in the trial over the law banning gay couples from adopting.  Mothergodddamfuckers!  But, it was ruled unconstitutional.In her ruling, Lederman dismissed testimony from Rekers describing it as biased.

On Nov. 25, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman struck down the adoption ban calling “illogical to the point of irrationality” and allowed Frank Gill to adopt two children he had foster parented for six years.

Reker and his equally anti-gay colleague Walter Schum were the only witnesses the state bothered to call. The ACLU, representing Frank Gill and his sons, filled the courtroom with child welfare experts and adoption and foster care specialists who testified that denying the adoption and removing the boys would inflict harm on the children.

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“Dr. Rekers’ beliefs are motivated by his strong ideological and theological convictions., she wrote. “The court cannot consider his testimony to be credible nor worthy of forming the basis of public policy.”

George Rekers is also the co-founder of N.A.R.T.H. (National Association of Research and Therapy For Homosexuality) and is a member of the recently formed ACP (American College of Pediatricians), both of which are false-science based organizations that are soundly condemned by the real professional medical and psychiatric institutions.

More will be coming out about this wonder, wonderful scandal.

Oh, yeah … FRC has scrubbed their website of any mention of Dr. Pastor George Rekers.  I sent them a little email on their site congratulating them on their swift damage control:

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Prop 8 Trial Exposes Harmful “Ex-Gay” Therapy

N.A.R.T.H.'s Nicolosi's work is "empirically vacuous"

Nicolosi's work is "empirically vacuous"

On Wednesday, Ryan Kendall testified in the Prop 8 trial about the horrors he endured at the hands of N.A.R.T.H. and his evangelical christian parents.  The kid’s mother must gotten advice from these sick fucks .  It is absolutely disgusting what these people did to their own kid, all in the name of their invisible god.  The name of god allows them free license to practice psychology without one.  Without the legal protection of “religion”, these abusive “therapies” would be shut down and their operators imprisoned.

Joseph Nicolosi of NARTH

Discredited Dr., Joseph Nicolosi of NARTH

While at NARTH, Kendall said his family rejected him:

I went to NARTH from 14-16. My entire life changed. Before NARTH, parents put notes in my lunch, made my lunch. After, they abused me emotionally. Mother told me she hated me, that I was disgusting, repulsive. She wished she’d had an abortion rather than having a gay son. She said she wished I’d had Down’s syndrome or been born retarded.

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More christianists who go out of their way …

Porno Pete, as he's known.

More christianists who go out of their way to dispel false information are the butt-buddies at AFTAH and Exodus, Peter LaBarbera and Alan Chambers. … and, add NARTH to the list.

Why do I call them butt-buddies?  Well, they are buddies, I assume, and they are really focused on the butts of other adult men.  They go out of their way to use false science that’s made up within a fake ‘study’, wildly manipulated numbers, all for the purpose of promulgating their hatred for fellow human beings.  Is it just me, or is that bearing false witness against a fellow human being?  Oh, that’s right, if they de-humanize ‘the homosexual’ and then they can justify their false witness and their hatred.

They pander for money from people who trust them in order to pay themselves to promulgate false information that their trusting contributors and paying victims want to hear. What a farce! What a scam!

waymonhudson, at Pam’s House Blend, wrote an excellent article on their “studies”, itemizing and breaking down the CHRISTIANIST LIES they that they shamelessly promote:

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/12481/weird-science-a-laughable-new-scientific-study-on-exgay-conversion


In response to Exodus’ and AFTAH’s laughable complaints that scientific standards are too rigorous for their “study”, waymonhudson says:

“How dare the APA ask for rigorous scientific standards in studies relating to peoples mental well-being!  The nerve!  How could they not just blindly accept a movable control group, fluffed up numbers, and a compromised funding source?  Who needs science or standards when you have money and God on your side!”

Spot on! Yep, to completely disregard the reality of scientific facts in favor of blind hatred and plastic religion is the christianist way! I was in the church and I know what they do.

Then, there’s N.A.R.T.H. doing the same … using made-up data to push their hatred and now they are criticizing scientific methods in favor of blind religious fables.

Alvin McEwen at Pam’s House Blend takes their claims, itemizes them and strips them down to the bold faced lies that they are.

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/12504/antigay-group-narth-makes-a-complete-fool-of-itself

N.A.R.T.H. wants to mentally screw the minds of as many people as they can … all for greed of the mighty dollar.

Sexual orientation is a natural, innate part of a human being’s mind. The lies and false science these people at Exodus and AFTAH and MARTH are engaging in is damaging and hurtful in every way.  They can lie all they want – reality is reality and lies are lies.

The Peter (he calls us, singularly, “the homosexual”) thinks it’s name-callling to point out the fact that he, and his cohorts, are bigots.  They demonize and dehumanize people for something that is natural and immutable, for the advancement of their own egos and bank accounts.

Meanwhile, right under The Peter’s nose, (no, it’s not cock) the human trafficking trade is booming. Heterosexual men feeding on young girls and women in the Chicago metro area.

http://stopchildslavery.com/2009/05/06/the-fight-against-human-trafficking-in-chicago-illinois/

Why should these christianist liars use their extensive finances and resources into helping with this travesty, when it’s much more fun for them playing ‘undercover sex sleuth’ and hunting dick? … over and over again.

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