And then goes on to bash gay activists as scheming thugs.
Anti-gay/exgay therapist, Christopher Doyle of The International Healing Foundation, recently penned an op-ed in the Christian post.
These feelings [same-sex attractions (SSA)] are the result of many factors, mostly environmental and familial, mixed-in with one genetic factor, a sensitive temperament. [emphasis added]
Anti-gay/ex-gay activists often claim “there’s no gay gene” to support their “not born gay” meme. For Christopher Doyle, sensitivity and empathy are not only the cause of homosexuality, but a genetically-based one at that.
In twenty-three years, we have found that 99 percent of our clients who experience homosexual feelings have very sensitive temperaments. … This is what I believe to be the foundation for the development of SSA…
Using that logic, teaching them how to be heartless monsters would cause them to experience heterosexual feelings.
And that’s the end of that theory, let the bashing begin…
He continues with the clichéd assertion that we equality-agenda driven, pro-gay activists are all mindlessly following Kirk and Madsen’s “homosexual manifesto,” After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s. (You know, the one we all carry around in our back pockets.)
This landmark book blueprinted how to indoctrinate the public into the innate-immutability myth of homosexuality – that people are born this way and cannot change. … Their biggest problem, however, in achieving all their goals, is the advent of the former homosexual, or ex-gay. Because if homosexuals can change, the whole foundation of ‘born this way’ tumbles like a stack of cards.
We and our “powerful” influence wielding organizations …ignore, defame, or disqualify [gay to straight] research for some reason.” Because it is “…biased, or fatally flawed for whatever reason.” [emphasis added]
He then goes on to tout a thoroughy debunked anti-gay-parenting study to make his point.
The second tactic is to paint SSA persons who seek sexual orientation change as victims by their counselors.
So, life-maimed survivors of “ex-gay” therapy, like some at Beyond Ex-Gay and a myriad of those elsewhere are no more than pawns in our political ploy to undermine the ex-gay movement?
They are now recruiting clients who are unable to achieve sexual orientation change to sue their former therapists in the name of consumer fraud…
Unable to change, you say?
The third and final method is to attack former homosexuals who have come public with their stories of change.
That “attack” is well deserved when so-called “ex-gay” persons like, Mr. Doyle, use the word “change,” ambiguously, to imply that euphemisms like “ex-gay,” “formerly homosexual” and “post-gay” mean the equivalent of heterosexual.
His marriage, children and not having “relapsed in eight and a half years” in no way prove or even indicate that same-sex orientation can be “changed” — across the board — to an opposite-sex orientation.
Further, There are PLENTY of gays and lesbians who are married with children who have never had sex or a relationship with a member of the same gender.
You can read his delusional perception that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is waging a “hate campaign” on the ex-gay counter-movement here, and Wayne Besen’s (of Truth Wins Out) scathing rebuttal to it here.