Suing Conversion Therapists.
Slam-dunk case, if you ask me. Imagine some crazy therapist telling some gay kid he can make him straight? Conversion therapy doesn't work unless the subject is highly motivated, deeply religious and mortified and resolutely determined, and is either well insured or rich. Therapy is expensive - which is why religious counselors probably shouldn't recommend it unless they are willing to fund it. Otherwise only those with money, or insurance, can be healed - right? Not always.
To be sure - nothing is impossible with God - but making a business out of changing people from gay to straight has nothing to do with God - unless you are a scam artist or born again healer/miracle worker. Conversion is God's work, it is called grace - reparative or reversion therapy is man's work. I think it unwise to try and convince a subject they can change, or worse - as a therapist, tell them you can change them if they do this or that.
So today we now have the first case of gays suing therapists for promising to make them straight. I think they have a case.
(CNN) -- Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality.Of course, if the clients were like St. Augustine, "Oh God give me chastity, but not just yet!" Aspects of the therapy might not have been as traumatic as they claim. It might even have been ...
His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions."
JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor. - Gays sue...
The conversion therapy techniques included having them strip naked in group sessions, cuddling and intimate holding of others of the same-sex, violently beating an effigy of their mothers with a tennis racket, visiting bath houses "in order to be nude with father figures," and being "subjected to ridicule as 'faggots' and 'homos' in mock locker room scenarios," the suit said. - CNNWhat?
Seriously, thank God Catholics do not buy into that crap. Remember, the Church does not require SSA persons to become straight, rather they are called to chastity and holiness. The Church does not even require you to go to Courage meetings.
Most people can stop 'acting out' but many can't change their sexual attraction. If they want to try, God bless them - but they don't have to. Anything is possible however. If you go for it, chances are it will be a long and painful process as well. Give alms instead.