Is atheist rapper Charlie Check'm a bigot and a homophobe or do we just disagree?

There has been quite a bit of hubbub surrounding atheist rapper, Charlie Check'm, over at Atheist Nexus. The hubbub has resulted not only in the rapper's banning from Atheist Nexus but in the revoking of his invitation from Brother Richard of Atheist Nexus to perform at the Atheist Nexus sponsored "Live Dance Party" which is scheduled for the Atheist Alliance International convention that is coming up in October.

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Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 6, 2009 at 6:12pm
Wow, Kristy, that is amazing! Thanks for the update. :)
Comment by Daniel W on August 6, 2009 at 5:42pm
Wow! 2 diamonds in that cowpie! 'scuse me, i gotta go find a Holstein!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 6, 2009 at 5:31pm
His national tour of the UK has also been pulled by Britain's Anti-Religious Movement. In an act of hair-raising hypocrisy, Charlie was planning to stay in the home of the female president of the ARM and her female fiancée. These women had organized and were funding Charlie's UK tour.
Comment by Daniel W on August 6, 2009 at 12:01pm

Thank you for a well-summarized report of the shitstorm that ensued.

Trying to find the diamond buried in the cowpie, Claybrooks' (Charlie Check'm) timing was helpful. If he had not spewed forth with his bile on A|N when he did, he might still be a performer at the convention. Now he's not. Strong work, Charles!
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 6, 2009 at 7:27am
Yes, Nate. I had a similar story...
Comment by Nate on August 6, 2009 at 7:20am
Psychologists Reject Gay ‘Therapy’
Published: August 5, 2009
The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments.

In a resolution adopted by the association’s governing council, and in an accompanying report, the association issued its most comprehensive repudiation of so-called reparative therapy, a concept espoused by a small but persistent group of therapists, often allied with religious conservatives, who maintain that gay men and lesbians can change.

No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the resolution, adopted by a 125-to-4 vote. The association said some research suggested that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.

Instead of seeking such change, the association urged therapists to consider multiple options, which could include celibacy and switching churches, for helping clients live spiritually rewarding lives in instances where their sexual orientation and religious faith conflict.

The association has criticized reparative therapy in the past, but a six-member panel added weight to that position by examining 83 studies on sexual orientation change conducted since 1960. Its report was endorsed by the association’s governing council in Toronto, where the association’s annual meeting is being held this weekend.

The report breaks ground in its detailed and nuanced assessment of how therapists should deal with gay clients struggling to remain loyal to a religious faith that disapproves of homosexuality.

Judith Glassgold, a psychologist in Highland Park, N.J., who led the panel, said she hoped the document could help calm the polarized debate between religious conservatives who believe in the possibility of changing sexual orientation and the many mental health professionals who reject that option.

“Both sides have to educate themselves better," Ms. Glassgold said. “The religious psychotherapists have to open up their eyes to the potential positive aspects of being gay or lesbian. Secular therapists have to recognize that some people will choose their faith over their sexuality.”

One of the largest organizations promoting the possibility of changing sexual orientation is Exodus International, a network of ministries whose core message is “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.”

Its president, Alan Chambers, describes himself as someone who “overcame unwanted same-sex attraction.” Mr. Chambers and other evangelicals met with association representatives after the panel was formed in 2007, and he expressed satisfaction with parts of the report that emerged.
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 6, 2009 at 6:55am
Sign me up fo stupid, then.

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