Abortion amendment to health care reform bill passes then fails

I spent some time watching the House Energy and Commerce Committee consider a variety of proposed amendments to the House health care reform bill (HR 3200). Several abortion related amendments were considered culminating in a dramatic reversal of an amendment offered by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA). Pitts offered an amendment making it clear that no public funds were to be used for abortion as a consequence of the health care reform bill. Initially, this amendment passed the committee by a 31-27 … [Read more...]

Ben Taylor – Just in Time to Fall Down (Tower for Fools)

A rerun here. Ben Taylor has a mellow voice like his dad and a super song that ranks right up there on my all time list of favorites. Enjoy. The last verse is worth some reflection... Just in Time to Fall Down (Tower for Fools) -Ben Taylor (2002) I made bricks of my lies, stones of my rules. I used dreams as my plans, and obsessions as my tools. You know I built me a great big old tower for fools, to look down upon the earth and sing the … [Read more...]

Are we nearing a consensus?

Dan Gilgoff, blogger at US News and World Report, is fascinated by the stance taken by Alan Chambers in his new book, Leaving Homosexuality. What striking is that Chambers is not promoting so-called conversion therapy, which some religious conservatives claim can convert gays and lesbians to a straight sexual orientation. Rather, he acknowledges that, for gays and lesbians, homosexual attraction never goes away. But he suggests that homosexuals can resist those urges through Christianity … [Read more...]

Sexual identity therapy: A blast from the past

In light of conversations on the Exodus-PFOX thread, I thought it might be good to review a past mainstream media article that brought SIT more into the mainstream conversation. The LA Times article now titled "Approaching agreement in debate over homosexuality" by Stephanie Simon (now with the Wall Street Journal) was published on June 18, 2007 with the title, "New ground in debate on ‘curing’ gays.” The article begins with some familiar ground to this blog: Alan Chambers … [Read more...]

Collective Soul with the Atlanta Youth Symphony – Run

It's not Kumbayah, but Ann will be happy... … [Read more...]

Bryce Faulkner’s parents say he willingly entered program

Here is a story about a young man who may have entered an ex-gay program. I am not going to comment much at this point as the details are still fuzzy. One side, a former boyfriend and activist looking to make a name for himself, say the young man was forced into a program. The other side, including the fellow's parents say he chose to enter. Eventually, we will find out. (via Exgaywatch) … [Read more...]

What does “New Scientific Research” mean?

Class, when you see the phrase "new scientific research," what comes to mind? What would you expect to read? What would make you think, 'hey look there - new scientific research'? What is New. Scientific. Research? … [Read more...]

No health care reform before August

Reid says health care reform won't happen before the August recess. From Politico: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that the Senate would not attempt to pass sweeping health care reform until after returning from the August recess. “It’s better to get a product that’s based on quality and thoughtfulness than on trying to just get something through,” Reid told reporters. What he said. It will drag on a long time now, I suspect. Might change the tone of … [Read more...]

Mayo Clinic comes out against the House health care reform proposal

Just a brief post - The Mayo Clinic has been touted by the President but the clinic has come out against the House proposal. I don't deny the need for rational health insurance policy but I am very nervous that the White House is pushing the process too quickly. Doing something bad could be much worse than doing nothing. I appreciate readers who believe we need a single payer. However, all we are really talking about is who brokers the payments. The inefficiencies in the system and the … [Read more...]

Exodus no longer affiliated with PFOX

According to Exodus President, Alan Chambers, you won't be able to find this reference to PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays) on the Exodus website much longer. Within the last couple of weeks, PFOX gave up affiliation with Exodus. While Chambers declined to give reasons for the PFOX move, he indicated that Exodus would not seek any future relationship. He noted that PFOX is a public policy organization and their activities do not fit in with the mission and direction of … [Read more...]