Marketing the Bieber Study: Cornelia Wilbur's Other Scandal

Monday, I wrote about a new book by Debbie Nathan which examines the famous multiple personality case of Sybil, a young woman who claimed 16 personalities. For her book Nathan reviewed the notes of Flora Rheta Schreiber, the journalist who collaborated with Sybil's psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur in order to turn the case of Shirley Ardell Mason (Sybil’s real name) into a media sensation. Nathan’s findings debunk the claims of Wilbur and expose the distortions and fabrications which led to the … [Read more...]

Christians behaving badly

LivePrayer's Bill Keller really did not need to comment on a tragedy he knows nothing about, but he did. In a press release out today, Keller used the suicide of 15 year old Jamie Hubley to go on a rant about gays. Keller blames the victim, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres for the suicide, assuming that the boy was in distress because he had come out as gay. Last Friday, a 15-year-old Ottawa boy Jamie Hubley, committed suicide after documenting his hardships of being … [Read more...]

Bieber Study Co-Author, Cornelia Wilbur, Accused of Fabricating Case of Sybil

Sunday, Salon briefly reviewed a book by Debbie Nathan which claims to debunk the case of Sybil. Sybil, actually a young Minnesota girl named Shirley Mason, was one of the first cases of multiple personality disorder to catch the public attention. The book about the case sold 6 million copies and inspired a movie starring Sally Field. The Salon article by Laura Miller gives enough detail to hook my inner skeptic. According to Nathan, most of the details reported in the book were fabricated, … [Read more...]

Anti-gay bill author assumes leadership of Uganda's ruling party caucus

David Bahati, Deputy Chair will assume the leadership position of the ruling NRM while the current chair steps down awaiting a court ruling on charges of corruption. Here's the story from the Daily Monitor by way of AllAfrica: Two days after stepping aside from the Cabinet until the anti-corruption court rules on his alleged involvement in causing government a Shs14b financial loss during Chogm, Government Chief Whip John Nasasira has handed over office to his deputy David Bahati (Ndorwa … [Read more...]

Things get ugly in Illinois

According to a World Net Daily report, a couple of bricks were thrown through the window of the Christian Liberty Academy which hosted the Americans for Truth About Homosexuality banquet earlier this evening. The vandalism was conducted in the early morning hours today with an email sent to a Chicago area news source. No organization has taken responsibility for the incident which may mean that the attack was conducted by someone acting independently. The email focused on Scott Lively, … [Read more...]

Is it the end of the ex-gay movement as we know it?

Michelle Goldberg has a piece online at the Daily Beast which asks the question: End of the Ex-gay Movement? In the piece she features John Smid's recent column where he asserted: I also want to reiterate here that the transformation for the vast majority of homosexuals will not include a change of sexual orientation. Actually I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual. A 21 year veteran of Exodus International, with 11 years on the board of … [Read more...]

What is violence? Scott Lively and the Uganda anti-gay bill

This weekend Moody Church pastor Erwin Lutzer is slated to speak at a banquet hosted by the American for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). Also on the agenda is the presentation of AFTAH's "Truth Teller" Award to Scott Lively. You can read more about Mr. Lively here. I have written much about him, his book The Pink Swastika, and his work in Uganda. Because of the presence of Lively, a Chicago area gay activist group, the Gay Liberation Network, wrote Rev. Lutzer to inform him of Lively's … [Read more...]

NARTH Touts Jones and Yarhouse Study

I was wondering when NARTH would weigh in on the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy publication of the Jones and Yarhouse study. Dated October, 2011, the title of the post -- Change in Sexual Orientation is Possible -- immediately spins the study. Here is what the press release about the Jones and Yarhouse study says: WHEATON, Ill., Sept. 27, 2011 /Standard Newswire/ -- Many professional voices proclaim that it is impossible to change homosexual orientation, and that the attempt to change is … [Read more...]

A Peter Waldron Sighting in Iowa: Spreading the Gospel of Michele Bachmann

Peter Waldron, the man who helped Michele Bachmann take the Iowa caucus vote in August, is back in Iowa organizing pastors. According to the New York Times yesterday, Waldron was deploying his faith based strategies: One Bachmann aide, Peter Waldron, gathered 16 evangelical pastors in Des Moines last week to discuss strategy. “These are our caucus-builders,” Mr. Waldron said. “We have a very deliberate plan. It’s been thought-out, prayed over.” The plan probably looks something like … [Read more...]

Former Love in Action Director: I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual

John Smid was once the director of Love in Action a longtime Exodus International affiliate based in Memphis, TN. I have always found John's candor refreshing. My first contact with John was at an Exodus meeting where he questioned the slogan, "change is possible." In addition to support groups, LIA also had a live-in program known for rigid behavioral rules as a means of reducing same-sex attraction. That program is now closed and John is no longer with LIA. In recent months, John has … [Read more...]