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Atheist Attends Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on April 27, 2010

Check out this crazy article: What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp

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8 Responses to “Atheist Attends Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp”

  1. Ann said

    This is the craziest story. I really, really want a motorcycle hug! Wow. These men think they have some kind of addiction or disease (SSA) that needs to be cured. Wow. Notice how no real counselors or therapists worked for the group. I’m feeling frightened by the world right now.

  2. Ann said

    Like the nod to the “Elephant Man”.

  3. Paulo said

    From the article, towards the end:

    How much does science really matter when God has spoken?

    A very good question.

  4. Ann said

    Counselors in Britain can’t refuse to provide relationship counseling for gay couples! Christians aren’t happy, the ruling may be foreshadowing of “future civil unrest.” This guy should never have been licensed to begin with. Maybe fundamentalist religion needs to be added as a diagnosis in the DSM-IV? Just a thought.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/29/court-dismisses-christian-employment-appeal

    Apparently we are supposed to be sensitive to and support fundamentalist Christian values of hate and bigotry, and if we don’t support these values, then we’re full of hate and bigotry.

    • Good story. I’m glad to see the British Judges see bigotry for what it is. You can’t deny service to someone just because you don’t like them! If I said I wouldn’t teach Christian students, I’d be fired immediately–and my employer would be right to do so. Isn’t that so obvious as to preclude the need for a court case? Morons.

      • Ann said

        Having empathy for others means being able to understand as if you are another person that person’s values, experience and perceptions, but not necessarily approving of or agreeing with that person’s values, experience and perceptions. Fundamentalist thinking makes empathy pretty much impossible in many situations. Although a fundamentalist person may even believe they have empathy for a man who is homosexual, their disregard for science along with this intolerance blinds people and they are mentally and emotionally unable to put themselves in that man’s shoes. Thus court cases and the potential for civil unrest.

  5. Jerry said

    That’s a really bizarre story, but I don’t doubt a word of it. The men described here are under enormous conflict, trying to satisfy Jesus and their own strong urges at the same time. In a surreal way, they’ve actually been able to do just that by creating these “exercises” that prolong their agony in both worlds. Life is too short to be in psychological distress for so long.

    • Ann said

      Had the same thought regarding how they developed exercises that synthesize meeting their urges with their belief system. What torture. My first thought was, “How masochistic”. But then I started thinking that the awful part of it all is they may never experience a resolution. Can you imagine living your whole life in conflict this way? An example of what fundamentalist religion does to people’s lives.

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