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The major problem with so-called conversion therapy, besides the fact that it doesn't work, is that it's the same horrible message that is delivered to the already converted every Sunday; "You are all miserable sinners, and unworthy of god's love, but as a favor to you, Jesus died on the cross to atone for your sins anyway. So you'd better do what I tell you to do, or else..."
Control. Control. Control.
What does it do to ANY child to hear that they are worthless day in and day out?
I've seen a film clip from "Jesus Camp," an actual summer camp for kids under 12 (I think). It's frightening. They got a bunch of 8-year-olds in a group and harangued them, yelled at them, for hours about what bad, worthless, sinners they were, and that they were all going to hell. These were kids from fundamentalist families who already believed...
I can't imagine being alone in a room with a toad like Marcus Bachmann telling me I was born wrong, or that I only imagined I was born the way I was/am. (I happen to be str8, but that doesn't matter; what if most of the world was gay, and srt8s were considered "queer," and "needed" therapy? Same thing, IMO.)
That's a great quote by Mark Twain, Sentient. I've never heard that one before.
These xtian butt-heads are so unbelievable. They want the religious freedom to use a scientifically discredited method that causes proven irreparable harm to children because some of the licensed therapists are clergy. Those clergy should have their licenses revoked for malpractice.
Christian group files lawsuit against state of california, over "conversion therapy" ex-gay ban. queerty.com
"Another Christian group, the Florida-based Liberty Counsel, is also planning on filing a suit against the law"*
There has been only one Christian. They caught him and crucified him–early. (Mark Twain)
I really love one-liners and quick comebacks...if you want to buy a book like The Portable Curmudgeon, check out Hlf.com. They have very good used books at iincredibly reasonable prices (plus S & H, of course)
Another good one is The Atheist's Bible. The following is in both books: "Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H.L. Mencken
I've heard that one paraphrased as"...may be having fun."
And today, you could substitute "Fundamentalism" for "Puritanism."
Sk8 - great quotes!
Another paraphrased quote (From robert A. Heinlein's Friday):
"Most human progress has been made by people who got tired of being pushed around,"
PS: One of my favorite books is The Portable Curmudgeon, compiled and edited by Jon Winokur
I've decided that, looking at the course of human history, Homo sapiens should be renamed Homo odium. Modern events are no exception. OK there are exceptions, but I'm feeling curmudgeonly.
Imagining yourself in someone else's situation is called empathy and it is one of the highest forms of evolution. Even rats exhibit empathy. The problem is that not every member of every species has evolved to this point, which results in something such as religion.
"...bigots are so stupid...."
That's the main reason they are bigots. They've never tried to imagine themselves in anybody else's situation.
No imagination, either. They've been brainwashed since infancy to know that they are the "right" kind of people, and that everyone who is not exactly like them in every way is "wrong."
G. B. Shaw - Caesar and cleopatra:
Pardon him. Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
UK Christian Institute: There are so few gays, they should not be allowed to marry. The article mentions, there are even fewer Jews in the UK - so maybe they shouldn't be allowed to marry either. Or for that matter, Blacks, Chinese, White Irish..... Religious bigots are so stupid.
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