Richard Cohen on the The Daily Show

It's like deju vu all over again. Wanna be a CSRC? I kept wondering when Donnie Davies was going to appear.UPDATE: 3/22/07 Randy Thomas of Exodus weighs in on the Daily Show appearance. The comments on his posts are interesting as well.Also, You Tube has taken the video down as a result of their dispute with Viacom over copyrighted content. … [Read more...]

Accurate public statements: A Montel post-mortem

Since last Thursday's Montel Williams Show, I have called show producers and emailed the show several times asking them for research to support a statement made by psychiatrist Alicia Salzer in reference first to Alan Chambers' story and then to change therapies in general. She said:This is marketing; this is not science: Science has shown us that 96% of people cannot change and along the way, absorb an enormous amount of self-loathing, a lot of confusion, a lot of family conflict, so I know … [Read more...]

Music video of the week: Celine Deon & Josh Groban – The Prayer

In church Sunday with my classical guitar, I accompanied two brilliant players, Christina Berdos (violin) and Dan Ragonesi (cello) in playing this lovely song, The Prayer. … [Read more...]

Freud on homosexuality: Letter to a mother

Commenters on recent posts have mentioned Freud's views of homosexuality. I am looking for an easy link to the section in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality where he discussed homosexuality. In the mean time, I thought I would post his letter to a woman who wrote him about her homosexual son.Dear Mrs. X (April 9, 1935)I gather from your letter that your son is a homosexual. I am most impressed by the fact that you do not mention this term yourself in your information about him. May … [Read more...]

Was it something I said? Dr. Mohler responds to critics

Dr. Albert Mohler has responded to some of the criticisms leveled at him. I blogged about Dr. Mohler's article here and responded to his ideas about prevention here. … [Read more...]

Montel Williams Show on sexual reorientation

Montel's episode Homosexuality...Can it be cured? aired this morning.I will be adding to this post through the day but I can offer a few reactions.Reparative therapy was a term used repeatedly but never precisely. It stood for everything ever done in the name of sexual orientation change - from electroshock to exorcisms. In this way, the episode served to greatly confuse the issue. However, some of the cause for that confusion is the frequent inability of social conservatives to … [Read more...]

APA task force on therapy and sexual orientation: An update

The APA issued a revised call for nominations for their Task Force on Appropriate Responses to Sexual Orientation on March 13th. Missing is the reference to external organizations but added is a list of criteria for inclusion on the Task Force.1. Advanced knowledge of current theory and research on the development of sexual orientation2. Advanced knowledge of current theory and research on therapies that aim to change sexual orientation3. Expertise in affirmative mental health treatment … [Read more...]

Homosexuality: Should we interfere in the womb?

In a March 2 column, theologian and Southern Baptist seminary President Albert Mohler created a bit of a stir when he allowed that a traditional Christian view of homosexuality was not threatened if innate factors turn out to be involved in the development of same-sex attractions. I was glad to read his thoughts on that point. However, more controversial were these points from his ten point conclusion:7. Thus, we will gladly contend for the right to life of all persons, born and unborn, … [Read more...]