APA travelogue

This will be short. This morning I spoke at the Christian Medical Society breakfast along with Dr. Al Mohler. We presented abbreviated versions of the remarks originally planned for the APA symposium. From there, I had conversations with several psychiatrists who were quite enthusiastic about the Sexual Identity Therapy Framework. Without naming names, I learned that there is a group of gay psychiatrists and observers who were not happy that the symposium did not happen.Something I want to … [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...]

Christianity Today writer reflects on Day of Silence, Golden Rule Pledge

Derek Keefe reflects on the various Christian responses to the Day of Silence with a postive consideration of the Golden Rule Pledge. … [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...]

Bishop Gene Robinson backs out of APA symposium

Today, the Washington Blade reported that Bishop Gene Robinson backed out of his scheduled presentation at the American Psychiatric Association conference. He was scheduled to present about "A Pastoral Approach for Gay & Lesbian People Troubled by Homosexuality."Bishop Robinson provided the following explanation:“Conservatives, particularly Focus on the Family, were going to use this event to draw credibility to the so-called reparative therapy movement,” Robinson told the Blade. “It … [Read more...]

On science and religion

In his book, Rock of Ages, Stephen Jay Gould has this to say about science and religion:Science tries to document the factual character of the natural world, and to develop theories that coordinate and explain those facts. Religion, on the other hand, operates in the equally important, but utterly different, realm of human purposes, meanings, and values—subjects that the factual domain of science might illuminate, but can never resolve. Similarly, while scientists must operate with ethical p … [Read more...]

Another Golden Rule, Day of Silence report: UNC-Greensboro

I am gradually getting reports of how the Golden Rule Pledge was implemented around the country. This report comes from Meryl, a young woman who is a youth leader, UNC-G student, and singer-songwriter. I have the entire article posted at the Golden Rule Pledge website. Please give it a read. … [Read more...]

The science of sexuality

Greta Christina has a reflection on the science of sexuality which provides good balance to extreme claims of biological and developmental causation - in a phrase - we don't know.She makes an interesting statement that activists on all sides should heed:We should stop ignoring scientific findings that do not mesh with our political beliefs. … [Read more...]


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