Christie Turning Jersey Into Gay Saudi Arabia

The American Thinker may be the world’s most ironically named website, filled with writers who simply aren’t capable of anything like thinking. It would be like me launching a website called the American Marathon Runner. A perfect example is this article by Fay Voshell which says that Chris Christie is turning New Jersey into a newer, gayer Saudi Arabia.

When Chris Christie signed a law against conversion therapy directed at counseling teens experiencing homoerotic feelings, he probably didn’t think he had just put New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia, which forbids conversion from the prevailing Muslim faith.

But forbidding efforts to convert is essentially what the governor did. He expressly forbade conversion from the prevailing progressive religion, whose chief doctrine is that sexual behavior, including the homoerotic behavior of some children, is a sacred, infallible, and therefore unchangeable indicator of what human identity entails.

He forbade moral suasion. He forbade attempts to persuade young people that another way of life is available. That other way that is forbidden is, of course, the way of Christian sexual ethics. Counseling a kid to follow the Christian way, to attempt to change his or her homoerotic behavior, is verboten.

The analogy is not just inaccurate, it’s utterly ridiculous. There is a very big difference between trying to convince someone to change their beliefs about something and trying to change their sexual orientation. What the law bans is a form of “therapy” that has been shown to do enormous psychological damage to the overwhelming majority of people who go through it, most of them forced to do so by their parents. The law prevents licensed therapists from committing malpractice.

No one just “converts” from being gay to straight the way people change from one religion to another (or to none) every day. Even the leaders of the “ex-gay” movement have acknowledged that their orientation does not change, they don’t stop being attracted to the same sex, they just try very hard to deny who they are and not act on it. And if someone wants to do that, they’re welcome to do so. But licensed therapists and bigoted parents should not be forcing it on them.

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  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    The governor signs a law that was passed by a majority of both houses of the state legislature, and only the governor is responsible for passing the law?

    They so desperately want to be a fascist dictatorship — with themselves as the absolutist ruler, of course — that they have no comprehension of how laws are passed in this country.

  • Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Has he ever even been to New jersey?

    WAY too many swamps for any Saudi Arabia comparisons…

  • Joey Maloney

    On the other hand, a dishdasha would probably be more flattering to Christie’s figure than a Western business suit, so maybe he has an ulterior motive…

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “It would be like me launching a website called the American Marathon Runner”

    Nothing wrong with that—as long as you didn’t claim you were updating it whilst doing it!

  • dingojack

    Camels, Palm trees, lots of gay people and shed-loads of oil. What’s not to like? [/sarcasm]

    Dingo

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …turning New Jersey into a newer, gayer Saudi Arabia.

    Which men would have to wear abayas here? The effeminate ones but not the bears, leathermen or muscle-boys? Hopefully the abayas wouldn’t all be black.

  • cptdoom

    Ironically, the very people who would most likely influence kids that being gay is immoral, shameful and something to be resisted are not in any way impacted by this law. It only affects licensed therapists – parents are still free to bring their kids to the minister for a good lecture on the abominations in Leviticus.

  • cry4turtles

    Pat Condell says Saudi Arabia is THE place for gays to hang out. Don’t know if it’s true, but it is hilarious!

  • Chiroptera

    Is he saying that Christians in Saudi Arabia claim to have developed psychiatric therapies to treat Muslimality?

  • John Pieret

    He forbade moral suasion. He forbade attempts to persuade young people that another way of life is available. That other way that is forbidden is, of course, the way of Christian sexual ethics. Counseling a kid to follow the Christian way, to attempt to change his or her homoerotic behavior, is verboten.

    That’s blatently false. Parents and other relatives, pastors and the like can still (wronheadedly) try to do those things. The only thing verboten is that licensed psychiatric/psychological practitioners are barred from conducting “therapy” generally considered by the profession to be ineffective and harmful. This is done all the time in medical profession (remember Laetrile?).

  • psanity

    @ Rev BDC —

    I know, right?

    That headline was just mean, Ed; it bent my brain all out of shape, and I had trouble even getting to the article. I think Voshell’s writing defies any attempt to make sense of it.

    What we need here is a nice, rousing chorus of The Rolling Mills of New Jersey. Just to re-calibrate. Oil, that’s it.