Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Oh, It IS Much Worse Than You Thought

National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality. NARTH, founded in 1992, is composed of psychiatrists, psychoanalytically informed psychologists, certified social workers, and other behavioral scientists, as well as laymen in fields such as law, religion, and education.

Their web site is loaded with interesting articles, such as:

"A booklet produced by the AIDS Action Committee with assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health describes gay sex practices in profane language--with correct medical information omitted. On May 17, 2005 - The Article 8 Alliance, a pro-family group in Massachusetts has recently published a copy of "The Little Black Book--Queer In The 21st Century" on its web site."

The description of its graphic nature is a little too graphic to me. It's infuriating that our children are being taught sexual techniques of a perverted nature and there is basically nothing you can do about it until it has already happened. If you want to, read about it here.

Something a little less queasy to read about is the article on our friend Bill O Reilly:

'The O'Reilly Factor' Features APA Gay Marriage Debate
June 2, 2005 - Bill O'Reilly featured American Psychiatric Association Vice President Nada Stotland and dissenting APA member Dr. Sally Satel on his June 1, 2005 edition of "The O'Reilly Factor."

Dr. Stotland defended the APA's recent endorsement of gay marriage at its Atlanta convention in late May. According to Stotland: "This issue came looking for us; we didn't go looking for it. But, we're physicians and we followed the medical evidence."

According to Stotland, "We advocate for what's good for people's mental health and there is a great deal of evidence that being able to form stable, loving relationships that are protected" is good for the mental health of individuals.

Dr. Satel, however, told Bill O'Reilly that she dissents from the APA's endorsement of gay marriage because this is a social issue, "not a clinical issue. I think it hurts our credibility [because] it seems like we have a political agenda. I think we should stick with issues that are clinically relevant" and to "educate the public on psycho-pathology." Satel said she would also oppose the APA if it came out against gay marriage: "I think that [opposition to gay marriage] would be an irrelevant issue."

When O'Reilly asked Dr. Stotland if she was familiar with a study of how marriage has virtually collapsed in Sweden since gay marriage was adopted, Stotland said she'd just returned from Stockholm and had not heard about any great numbers of marriages collapsing.

O'Reilly told her the data on Sweden was irrefutable but she countered that the APA had plenty of data showing "what good for people's mental health."

When Dr. Stotland was asked by O'Reilly if she would approve of polygamy, she said the APA would work on such data when it became available and is currently only concerned that individuals can form stable relationships.

Dr. Satel reemphasized her belief that the APA's endorsement of gay marriage hurts the credibility of the organization and "turns people away from us. We want them to look to the APA as a neutral expert" on mental health issues. Satel is co-author of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance.

Read it here

Make you feel good that its not only your denomination that's undermining marriage and parental rights, huh?

Narth looks like a good source of material if you want to distribute info at an event.

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