Meet ‘the first politician in the world to attack an ex-gay man’

Meet ‘the first politician in the world to attack an ex-gay man’ February 15, 2019
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MALTA’s Equality Minister Helena Dalli, above, is being roasted for launching ‘an unprecedented personal attack’ on Matthew Grech, an ‘ex-gay’ man who’s become a poster boy for a pray-away-the-gay outfit called the International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice (IFTCC).

Grech, former X Factor Malta contestant, features in a new movie entitled Once Gay. He was criticised by Dalli after he a spouted some nonsense in a 2018 X Factor Malta interview last October about ditching his “gay lifestyle” when he found Jesus.

The London-based IFTCC is furious, and has lodged an official complaint with Malta’s High Commissioner to the UK Joseph Cole, saying:

This was the first time in history that a government minister in any country launched an attack targeting an ex-gay person.

In its complaint, the IFTCC said:

Regrettably, the Minister made the law her pretext for launching an unprecedented personal attack in the press on Matthew Grech …

She argued that his interview could lead young people who want to ‘come out’ to attempt and even commit suicide.

The IFTCC went as far as to call on Malta to repeal a law, passed in 2016, which banned so-called “conversion therapy”, a practice which the World Psychiatric Association has denounced as unscientific, unethical and harmful.

The law violates several fundamental freedoms enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to respect for private and family life and other rights such as clients’ right to self-determination in exercising therapeutic choice.

In reality, the Minister of Equality’s statements and newspaper opinion article were attacks on the dignity and rights of all people who have left LGBT self-identification and lifestyles.

Dalli brushed off the Federation’s concerns in a simple tweet, describing the day Malta’s Parliament unanimously banned ‘conversion therapy’ as:

A good day for human rights.

So, what do we know about the IFCC?

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The key figure in this despicable organisation is Mike Davidson, above, a South African Christian with a “homosexual past” living in Belfast who founded the equally despicable Core Issues Trust, which is aggressively promoting the Grech movie.

CIT exists, according to its mission statement:

For the advancement of education, consistent with the CIT Statement of Belief, for the purpose of empowering individuals and churches to make, and to promote, lifestyle-choices consistent with Christian living.

On October 15 last year it announced the launch of its grandiose International Quackery Federation by saying:

Speakers will include medics, psychotherapists, counsellors and pastoral care workers who are members of a range of professional bodies.  They are concerned with the denegration [sic] of therapeutic support for unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusions under the catch-all pejorative term ‘Conversion Therapy’. 

The UK govenment has failed to define this phrase, and yet the survey they issued and upon which they propose to take action, requested participants to make judegements [sic] about this complex area.

It then added a video of the Davidson creature explaining more about the Federation.

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  • barriejohn

    There were protests at the screening yesterday of the film at a Northern Ireland Presbyterian church:

    The Presbyterian Church said it was clear no therapy “should be undertaken against a person’s will”.

    Meaningless blather; if they weren’t pressurising mainly young and vulnerable gay people to become “straight” then they wouldn’t be seeking therapy!

  • Tawreos

    This was the first time in history that a government minister in any country launched an attack targeting an ex-gay person.

    Oh boo-fucking-hoo. One ex-gay gets talked bad about and its the end of the fucking world, meanwhile people like these assholes lobby governments to outlaw gay people all together. They are cordially invited to go fuck themselves.

  • Bubblecar

    What I don’t understand is that if these people are “ex-gay”, why are they so utterly obsessed with homosexuality? I’m gay and I really only think about it when I’m feeling randy, which is not very often these days 🙂

    But these “ex-gays” seem to construct their entire lives around homosexuality, in a very negative yet very exhibitionistic way. I would have thought being “ex-gay” means they’re now “straight”, and can focus their lives on that, but it seems not…

  • Götterdämmerung

    Oh look, another liar for Jesus. As is always the case with these so called ex-gays: either they weren’t gay to begin with and are if they are gay, now lead damaging sexually repressed lives.

  • Broga

    Why do all those who have “found Jesus” crawl from the sewage of humanity? Odd, isn’t in view of their claims for their God?

  • Raging Bee

    That’s because: a) they’re still gay, and b) even after “successfully” “completing” the “program,” they still have to take extra care, every day, to avoid any sight, idea, person or news item that might re-trigger all those same-sex desires they’ve so “successfully” “chosen” to “purge.” Their own brochures have been admitting this in the fine print at least since the ’80s.

  • Raging Bee

    This was the first time in history that a government minister in any country launched an attack targeting an ex-gay person.

    I find that kinda hard to believe. It’s certainly not the first time a government minister launched an attack targeting a fraudulent political/religious/pseudo-scientific operation.

  • barriejohn

    You’re right. Why would they continue to be engaged in a “struggle”, and need to “avoid temptation”, if they are now “straight”? This article, published two days ago, is full of the most unbelievable and nauseating bullshit imaginable:

    What we’ve found is, we can equip people with ways to handle temptation, ways to think about life, ways to evaluate friendships, ways to keep healthy boundaries in friendships, so they don’t step over those lines and begin to trigger temptation.

  • Raging Bee

    Ah, good old WorldNutDaily…is failed propheteer Hal “The Late Great Planet Earth” Lindsey still “working” for them?

  • Raging Bee

    Pressure? There’s no pressure. They’re just gently and lovingly reminding their kids they’ll be disowned and ostracized and disowned by Almighty God too if they don’t pray away the gay hard enough. But no pressure though…these are sweet innocent little Christian lambs, not meanie atheists…

  • John Hinkle

    But there’s no money to be made focusing on their “straight” lives.

  • John Hinkle

    Just because your Christian brethren tell you you’re broken and destined for eternal punishment in a lake of fire… why would that make a young and vulnerable person seek therapy?

  • barriejohn

    Hahaha – I had my copy! (It was kids’ stuff. What was all the fuss about?) He has his own site, proclaiming the evils of “socialism”:


  • Har Davids

    Read the Bible and you’ll see their God is as deranged as they are. Of topic maybe, but are there any non-religious organisations that offer this conversion-therapy?

  • Raging Bee

    I can’t believe the only HUMAN ever to suffer from the Y2K glitch is still being taken seriously by anyone.

  • Cali Ron

    What is an exgay person? Either you are or you aren’t. Their are people who are deluded and so desperate to fit in they will deny their own sexuality. They need therapy, but definitely not conversion therapy.

  • Cali Ron

    So all those attacks on gays by government ministers not worth a mention, but on someone ‘straight’ are a serious problem.

  • Cali Ron

    Indicating thay are just suppressing their true feelings. So how helpful was that therapy?

  • Cali Ron

    I read his propaganda books as a believer. I was a deluded child. Then I saw the light and it wasn’t jesus and I saw right through him.

  • kaydenpat

    There’s no such thing as “ex-gay” just as there’s no such thing as “ex-straight”.

  • ManxStuart

    I’m actually astonished this happened in Malta, a place so riddled with religious privilege that it’s the last place in Europe where abortion is totally illegal under any circumstances. If anyone’s interested, Abortion Support Network in London are setting up a dedicated hotline to help women in Malta and Gibraltar (the other British dependency with a piss-poor record on abortion). You can find out more at

  • Stephen Moreton

    It is possible to objectively measure a person’s sexual responses and demonstrate what arouses them. Attach pressure sensors to a man’s bits, show him erotic images and see what elicits a response. More recently, MRI has been found to work too. Pop the subject in a brain scanner, show him/her erotic images and see what parts of the brain light up. Would these “ex-gay” people please submit themselves to objective tests so we can find out if they really are straight. Even better, get some of their would-be victims, I mean volunteers, to submit to such tests before and after their “therapy”.

  • Brian Davis

    They are cordially invited to go fuck themselves.

    Hey! What happens behind the scenes at their conferences is nobody’s business! And it’s only happened a few times. And usually only after people have had too much to drink.

  • zenlike

    Yup. And they only started allowing divorces (and very limitedly at that) as of 2011, after a referendum narrowly voted in favor of it. Before that, they were one of only thee countries in the world not to allow divorces.

  • Raging Bee

    Actually, no, such methods aren’t really all that reliable at “measuring” what turns anyone on. For starters, putting a person in such an environment changes how they respond, and so does putting wires all over their private parts; so that’s not even close to a controlled experiment or a realistic simulation of the factors that influence individual emotional responses.

  • Raging Bee

    Correction: “…they’re still gay (or bi)…”

  • Raging Bee

    Also, just because someone is not aroused by the particular “erotic images” shown by doctors in a lab setting, doesn’t mean the subject is not into anyone else of that gender. I like women, but that doesn’t mean I’m likely to be turned on by just any nude female photo any stranger shows me; and even if I like what I see, that doesn’t automatically mean I’ll have a measurable physical reaction.

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    I’m a straight woman, and I don’t have to constantly be avoiding anything pertaining to women in case the temptation to sleep with them should be too much.

    Except maybe Tilda Swinton.

  • Raging Bee

    Well there y’go, she probably had you from her performance as Gabriel in “Constantine.” You have to avoid looking at her forever, or The Power of the Gay will lesbianize you, as described in the Gay Agenda!