David Scasta talks on NPR about the APA symposium

On NPR's Bryant Park Project, David Scasta talked about the cancelled symposium. You will need to listen to the audio to get the discussion since the article is not a transcript.I will have some comments about this as the day goes on... … [Read more...]

Phelps and WBC a no-show at Eastern Michigan University

In case you heard the rumors...The Phelps clan had planned to picket at Eastern Michigan University (why there, I don't know) due to the participation of several Campus Crusade for Christ groups in the Golden Rule Pledge/Day of Silence. I will not link to the Westboro page but this blogger has links enough to keep anyone busy for awhile looking at the whole story.Now, back to final exams... … [Read more...]

More on the APA symposium cancellation

The Washington Times has a lengthy article on the APA cancellation with an interview from David Scasta. For now, I only have time to post it. I hope to have more comment about the whole situation soon.May 3, 2008Other articles about the symposium have come from MedPage Today, Citizenlink and Worldnetdaily.First a couple of corrections and observations about these articles. The MedPage Today article leads by saying the symposium was to have covered "the ethics of 'therapies' for … [Read more...]

The APA symposium on homosexuality, therapy and religion has been cancelled

What a difference a day makes.The American Psychiatric Association program Homosexuality and Therapy: The Religious Dimension has been pulled by chair David Scasta. My understanding is that he was asked (by whom, I am still not clear) to pull the program because of increasing concerns about it. I am still hearing more about the reasons and hope to know something more clearly soon.Dr. Scasta did tell me that the APA's position is that the program was not pulled because gay activists were … [Read more...]

Day of Silence and Golden Rule Pledge on Appalachian State University

As a result of the Golden Rule Pledge effort, I have met some really great folks. I am only going to mention one with this post but there are many more. I hope to share their experiences at the new Golden Rule Pledge website soon. I did want to here share one very early report from JK, a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. JK was an early supporter of the Golden Rule Pledge and as you will see, used it as a springboard to mobilize Christian groups on her campus for outreach. … [Read more...]

T-shirt case decided: "Be happy, not gay" allowed in school

We may see more of these t-shirts around on Monday since the7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instructed the district court to order the Neuqua Valley High School to suspend its ban on the "Be Happy, Not Gay" T-shirt while a civil rights lawsuit in the case proceeds.Given the ingenuity of adolescents, we will see this envelope pushed further and further ("Be smart, not Christian" is sure to come).I have seen this issue less of a free-speech matter (you can go outside and say, "Be … [Read more...]

Don Kroah Show tonight: Golden Rule Pledge

I am scheduled to be on the Don Kroah Show this evening at 6:30pm (est) to discuss the Golden Rule Pledge. The Don Kroah Show can be heard on WAVA, 105.1FM & 780AM in the Arlington, VA area. … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge update

I know of 19 schools who are pledging the Golden Rule Pledge on or around the Day of Silence. One Campus Crusade group at Slippery Rock University met with a gay support group on campus recently to offer assistance with the Day of Silence observance. Many CRU students will remain silent and distribute cards with the Day of Silence message on one side and the Golden Rule Pledge on the other. I hope to have a link to a more complete list of schools soon. … [Read more...]


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