The Christian right in America just loves Israel, though mostly for ulterior motives (they need Israel to play a role in their bizarre end times fantasies). A few months ago they were angered by the fact that Israel pays for abortions. Now the Israeli government has come out officially against “ex-gay” reversion therapy.
Israel’s Health Ministry has formally adopted the recommendations of its country’s Council of Psychologists and the Israeli Psychological Association against so-called reparative therapies aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation – issuing a public warning against them on Sunday.
‘Therapists using this method create a false impression of scientific recognition of this method, although in practice there is no research evidence of the success of any such method for possible conversion and there is even evidence of possible damage,’ the Health Ministry said in a public statement on the issue.The Council of Psychologists and the Israeli Psychological Association produced a position paper on the issue at the Health Ministry’s behest which warned that therapists should avoid counseling patients they held moral judgements about their sexual orientations as this was an unprofessional place to start therapy.
‘Conversion therapy creates a predetermined agenda, which is liable to miss the point of psychological treatment as called for by the profession’s ethical guidelines,’ the position paper states.
‘If [a therapist] cannot accept the patient from a non-judgmental, accepting, and empathetic position, he must invalidate himself from dealing with that patient.