Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NARTH Gets New Ammunition

In the early nineties, I had one class at ECU investigate a story about the National Association for Research and Therapy for Homosexuals. During their convention at a Los Angeles hotel, extreme security measures had to be employed to protect them and the hotel personnel from homosexual activists who questioned their very reason for being. The NARTH participants had to hide their identities, avoid the hotel lobby and the traditional meeting rooms, and hire extra security guards to protect themselves from the mob.

This group of therapists believed that homosexuality can be treated; the activists believed that it is a genetic condition.

The American Psychological Association has changed their official statement regarding the cause of homosexual inclinations. It now reads: "There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles..."

Previously their official stance had been: "There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's sexuality."

Watch for fireworks as this becomes more well known and more widely discussed. You can read more at World Net Daily.

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