Social psychologist David Myers opines on APA report in Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal invited Hope College social psychologist David Myers to write a column regarding the APA task force report on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. Dr. Myers is the author of several books, including the text I use in teaching the social psychology class at GCC. I highly recommend the text, as well as his book on Happiness.Here is a taste of the article:Applause for the APA's sensitivity to religious diversity has come from previously opposing … [Read more...]

Writer Journeys into Manhood undercover

According to a Salt Lake City newspaper, writer Ted Cox wanted to know what an ex-gay program was like so he signed up for a Journey into Manhood weekend in Utah. He planned to write a story about it but was derailed by JIM founder Rich Wyler.Cox, a former Mormon, is a heterosexual who, earlier this year, pretended to be gay in order to attend a JiM workshop for men wanting to “overcome same-sex attractions.”Upon learning of Cox’s story proposal, JiM founder and life coach Rich Wyler qui … [Read more...]

The Government Can – Tim Hawkins

If you haven't watched Tim Hawkins in action, you are in for a treat. This video is more political than any of his other work. If you are a fan of the government now, then you might want to click through and watch some of his other skits. Well worth it. … [Read more...]

PFOX loses appeal of NEA discrimination case

In a confusing press release this morning, the Parents & Friends of Ex-gays (PFOX) claimed victory in a discrimination appeal to the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. However, in fact, their claim was denied. The National Education Association did not discriminate against them in 2002 when they denied PFOX exhibit space at the NEA national convention.Here is the PFOX release:Court Rules that 'Sexual Orientation' Laws Include Former HomosexualsWASHINGTON, Aug. 25 … [Read more...]

Mankind Project goes transparent

In 2007, I took some heat over my interest in and criticism of the Mankind Project. My initial interest was sparked by the suicide of Michael Scinto shortly after attending a New Warriors Training Adventure, the signature program of MKP. In addition to my interest in strange approaches to counseling, this program was doubly intriguing because reparative therapists and their supporters (e.g., Joe Nicolosi, Richard Cohen, Arthur Goldberg, Paul Miller) recommend NWTA as a way to reduce same-sex … [Read more...]

Blog post at US News & World Report: Does the APA advise a church switch?

Here's the blog post over at Dan Gilgoff's US News and World Report blog, God and Country.The backdrop: The initial article about the APA sexual orientation and therapy report to hit the wire was by David Crary at the AP. However, some (many?) papers truncated the article in such a way that it seemed as though the APA was recommending either celibacy or a church switch as a way to resolve sexual orientation conflict.Not long afterwards, OneNewsNow picked up that point and ran with it. … [Read more...]

Guest blogging tomorrow at US News and World Report

Just a head's up to watch for the tomorrow's God and Country Blog at US News and World Report. Yours truly will have an article about the recent APA task force report and the contention that the APA advocates that conflicted people just switch churches if they can't work out the conflict.Check out the week's other guest authors and thanks to host Dan Gilgoff for the opportunity. … [Read more...]

WHYY interview with Judith Glassgold about APA task force report

Yesterday, I was on WHYY out of Philadelphia for an interview with Judith Glassgold, chair of the recently released APA Task Force report. Marty Moss-Coane is the host of Radio Times, a show broadcast over NPR as well as locally on WHYY.You can listen to the interview here. It is long (about an hour) but the long format allowed us to unpack the report and some of the clinical issues involved.Among other points, Dr. Glassgold affirmed my understanding and analysis of the APA task force … [Read more...]


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