Was the Jefferson Bible just the words of Jesus? Part 2

In the mail Saturday, I received my copy of the Smithsonian edition of the Jefferson Bible. It is a marvelous reproduction of the original on display at the Smithsonian. Here is a picture of one of the pages which is photograph of the original manuscript:You can't see the words well but Jefferson cut out the portions of the New Testament he wanted to include in Greek, French, Latin and English. Verses are arranged so that the reader can see how they are translated in each language.I am … [Read more...]

Media report: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Parliament’s Agenda Next Week

According to the UG Pulse:The Anti Homosexuality bill 2009 and the Marriage and Divorce bill are due for debate when parliament resumes business next week.The two controversial bills that raised public debate during the 8th Parliament are up for consideration when the Business committee of the House sits next week.In a letter to MPs on the committee from the office of the Clerk to Parliament, the meeting slated for Monday next week is expected to consider the legislative programme for t … [Read more...]

Anoka-Hennepin featured in Rolling Stone expose on anti-gay bullying

I wrote about this district last year.Rolling Stone has a powerful article in their February 16, 2012 issue that is online here. Go read it. Now.The Parent's Action League (PAL) continues to be at the center of the problem, vilifying gays while they want the school to be silent on the subject. On their website, they write:Bullying of any kind, for any reason, towards any child must NOT be tolerated."Note: Respectfully disagreeing with a point of view or behavior is not bullying per … [Read more...]

Reparative therapy and confirmation bias: Langer & Abelson’s 1974 study of clinical bias

Recently, I have been examining the possible role of confirmation bias in the attributions of reparative therapists.  In this post, I look at a classic study of how theoretical persuasion associates with clinical judgment.Ellen Langer's and Robert Abelson's 1974 study* on clinical judgment is an important caution to clinicians about the role of preconceived ideas on diagnosis and attributions about patients. The abstract for the study is presented here:The effect of labels on clinicians' … [Read more...]

The Donald to endorse Gingrich? UPDATE: Or will he endorse Romney?

One thing you can say for Gingrich - he has created an odd coalition of endorsers.According to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal report, Donald Trump is set to endorse Gingrich in Las Vegas today. He will join the AFA's Don Wildmon, Liberty Council's Mat Staver, gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson, and actor Chuck Norris as endorsers.UPDATE: Now the New York Times is reporting that Trump will endorse Mitt Romney.  … [Read more...]

Reparative therapy and confirmation bias: An illustration

One of the biggest problems I have with reparative therapy is the self-fulfilling nature of the approach. Reparative therapists assume that the existence of same-sex attraction means a person has suffered gender based trauma during a specific period of childhood.Reparative therapist David Pickup has commented on another post that straight men may have wounds but, from his point of view, they are not as deep as those which haunt gay men. In other words, if a straight man says he was … [Read more...]

Thoughts on NARTH’s statement on sexual orientation change

For the sake of time, I am going to react to parts of NARTH's new statement on sexual orientation change. First, I want to say a few things about this paragraph:Finally, it also needs to be observed that reports on the potential for sexual orientation change may be unduly pessimistic based on the confounding factor of type of intervention. Most of the recent research on homosexual sexual orientation change has focused on religiously mediated outcomes which may differ significantly from … [Read more...]

NARTH issues statement on sexual orientation change

Apparently in response to Alan Chambers' candor about sexual orientation change, the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality issued a clarification of what that organization means by change.Issued January 27, the statement reads in full:Current discussions of homosexual sexual orientation change are unavoidably occurring within a sociopolitical climate that makes nonpartisan scientific inquiry of this subject very difficult.  In light of this reality, a few … [Read more...]