NARTH Features Gay Imprisonment Advocate

NARTH Features Gay Imprisonment Advocate November 7, 2011

Warren Throckmorton reports that the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is having their annual conference this weekend and it will feature a woman who actively lobbies for the imprisonment of gay people around the world.

This coming weekend, Sharon Slater will speak at the annual conference of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). Slater is the President of Family Watch International, an organization that lobbies the United Nations for pro-life and anti-gay causes. In January of 2011, Slater hosted a conference of over 30 United Nations delegates to promote her policy objectives. During the conference, the ex-gay message was prominent with a “the personal testimony of a patient who is successfully reorienting from homosexuality to heterosexuality” and a speech from an expert Slater refused to name.

Earlier this year, Slater claimed that she stopped using Martin Ssempa as a liaison in Africa after she learned about Ssempa’s support for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Slater correctly understands that the bill requires the death penalty for HIV positive gays and she opposes that. However,she refused to condemn prison terms for gays in Uganda or any other country. In essence, her position is the same as Scott Lively’s view – oppose the death penalty but support the stance of African nations who maintain harsh prison terms for GLBT people. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is once again before Uganda’s Parliament and may be considered on the floor within the next month.

Slater has traveled to Africa several times to speak against relaxing laws on homosexuality. At a Nigerian conference in 2009 – the same year the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced – Slater praised Uganda for refusing to decriminalize homosexuality. Earlier this year, also in Nigeria, Slater commended Nigeria for resisting the UN’s call for decriminalization.

By supporting imprisonment and forced therapy rather than death, this is what masquerades as a “moderate” among the wingnuts. The Ugandan kill-the-gays bill is back in play in that country, by the way. I’m glad to see Sen. James Inhofe, one of the most conservative members of Congress, condemned that bill and called it “unjust and extraordinarily harsh.”


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  • The noisome crew at NARTH just can’t conceal how primitive and retrograde their instincts are. They are self-deluding fools who insist they are in favor of mental health while having very little themselves. Even the most damning evidence of their ineffectiveness fails to budge them — like the fact that one of the founders and leading lights raised a gay son. Charlatans and frauds, all of them.

  • timberwoof

    The problem with NARTH is that people who don’t know any better use them as an authoritative source for information about gay people. In another forum, someone once tried to use them as a reference. It was the first time I had heard of them, so I looked at their mission statement. That and the titles and summaries of their papers told me what I needed to know. But the one who used them as a reference didn’t check their credentials. Once I pointed those out and showed that they have a very specific agenda when it comes to gay people, they didn’t get mentioned again in that thread.

    James Inhofe’s attitude is a god illustration of how being against the death penalty for gays can be a moderate position. He’s still an extremist intent on limiting civil rights.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Warren Throckmorton reports

    and then quotes what Mr. Throckmorton reports:

    This coming weekend, Sharon Slater will speak at the annual conference of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). Slater is the President of Family Watch International, an organization that lobbies the United Nations for pro-life and anti-gay causes. [emphasis mine – MH]

    Mr. Throckmorton misinforms his readers by not qualifying the descriptor pro-life. Mr. Throckmorton should have used the term “so-called” just prior to “pro-life” or another alternative to properly describe Ms. Slater and the group she represents. Ms. Slater and her group openly demonstrate they are not even remotely “pro-life”.

  • Ellie

    Inhofe has made two statements in just the past few weeks that are sensible, and with which I agree. Is this a sign that End Is Near?