Horrified she is, absolutely horrified that ‘cinematic dream masters’ are beginning to latch onto the the subject of conversion therapy, a ridiculous and discredited practice intended to turn gay people straight. Worse, they are lying about it.
Linda Harvey, President and founder of Mission America, above, sees cinematic depictions of such therapies as:
What set her off on a rant of biblical proportions is Boy Erased, based on the autobiography of Gerrard Conley, a young man forced into a “pray-away-the-gay” programme.
Secular Cinephile’s Andrew Spitznas reviewed it earlier this month, writing:
The postscript to Boy Erased informs us over 700,000 Americans have been traumatized by some form of conversion therapy. A ‘therapy’ condemned by all the relevant professional organizations, it’s still legal to inflict it upon minors in 36 states. Not mentioned in the postscript is the frightening reality that Mike Pence, the man one heartbeat (or one jail sentence) away from being the most powerful man in the world, supports this harmful practice.
First off, Harvey suggests that Conley is a liar.
Boy Erased claims to be a memoir about actual events. I and others doubt that what is portrayed in this film ever happened, in Tennessee or anywhere. We continue to wait for those who might know to confirm or deny these allegations of terrible abuse.
Unfortunately for the producers, this film will make history – as a vehemently Christian-bashing, deceptive, unjust portrayal of what actually does happen when people are quietly and sensitively counseled about unwanted homosexual feelings …
Anti-Semitism, move over. Here’s deliberate Hollywood propaganda to foment anti-Christian bigotry.
A young man is beaten with a Bible. There’s shaming and yelling. Alleging that ‘God won’t love you’ unless homosexuality stops instantly in this young man’s life.
And if anything like this nauseating mis-portrayal of cruel ‘therapy’ does occur, it’s sad, but lots of selected anecdotes about how humans can mistreat each other are sad. And so what’s the solution? That we all therefore believe that homosexuality is wonderful and beneficial?
If anything like this occurs, those involved have recourse – complain to medical boards in their respective states to put a stop to these isolated abuses, if an investigation finds any merit in the complaint. It does not mean that all counseling to help homosexuals should be banned.
What this film sets up is a heart-tugging straw man. But such blatant deception should be ‘erased’ because it will potentially mislead millions of people.
I think the American Christian church can see right through this. Even though this propaganda piece is sure to rank undeservedly high at the Academy Awards, it’s not true, and it’s not a reason to endorse homosexual behavior.
We must all continue to stand by what we know is the truth, and be wise to recognize deception, even when persuasively packaged and glamorized by Hollywood.
Boy Erased has received mostly positive reviews, and even Movieguide, which exists to inform True Believers™️ what is and what is not “abhorrent” in the world of movies, surprisingly did not unleash the venom it it normally reserves for gay themed films.
Its review concludes – and Harvey’s gonna hate this – that:
Boy Erased is well-acted, written and edited, with fine performances from the leading cast. The movie accurately depicts some real-life abuses that take place in some Christian gay conversion therapy programs. Eventually, the harm to children done by such programs was later confirmed. That said, the movie clearly comes from a viewpoint affirming homosexuality, which is also unbiblical. It’s a mixed bag with some sincere moments of faith and very messy hypocritical Christians.