‘The Gays are trying to take over the world!’ That is the essence of recent comments made by Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel regarding the recent passage of laws in New Jersey and California banning the forcible treatment of minors for homosexuality.
This kind of treatment is best known as ex-gay therapy, but is also known as reparative or conversion therapy. Doubts about the effectiveness of ex-gay therapy go back as far as Sigmund Freud, who refused to attempt any therapy that would change the sexual orientation of a person.
Staver is continuing to claim that bans on ex-gay therapy threaten the freedoms of children and parents who he claims have a right to obtain this form of therapy. Staver claims that the whole gay rights issue is a ‘zero sum game’ and claims that gay rights will end up trumping everything else including the First Amendment rights of religious freedom and freedom of speech.
Staver told OneNewsNow that “It has nothing to do with real people who are actually benefiting, have benefited from this counseling. This is just a politically motivated agenda.” He also said that these laws are an “intrustion into the counselor-client relationship and into the rights of parents,” and that gay rights “distorts every other freedom.”
Staver went on to say that “The agenda is ultimately not tolerance, not co-existance, but absolute dominance, and not only dominance, but forcing people to affirm homosexuality as normal.”
After losing at the California Supreme Court with regards to ex-gay therapy, Staver plans to take it to the US Supreme Court.
The problem with ex-gay therapy is that it is, in effect, selling arsenic as a cure for heart disease. To date, ex-gay therapy has never been proven to be effective or helpful in any way. In fact, it has been found to be so harmful that it has lead to suicides, self mutilations, drug and alcohol abuse, and other negative consequences without providing any examples of anyone who successfully underwent this treatment. Well, except for the people who pretty much try to sell it as a cure for homosexuality, and they usually end up getting caught still being gay.