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Thursday, 21 September 2006

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Holly

I watched with interest your piece on 'healing homosexuality'. I have been quite involved in the movement in the States you are talking about and found your report rather biased. Firstly, I know of no one in the 'ex-gay' movement who is saying that homosexuality is a mental disorder. Secondly, you say that 'over 100 camps' have been set up. This makes it sound like some type of brainwashing programme is going on. In fact it is different Christian ministries (Love in Action is just one)who operate out of normal offices just as any counselling service would do. Thirdly, you said or implied that ministries such as Love in Action are making a killing financially. While Love in Action is on the expensive end, most of these types of ministries really struggle financially. Staff have to have other jobs as well, as finances are tight. Some ministries in this work make little or even no charge to people who come for help.
Lastly, statistics for homosexuals commiting suicide is higher than the average population. Can you give any evidence that suggests that homosexuals who have been to such ministries for help and found that it didn't 'work' have a higher suicide rate than the homosexual population in general? No-one is forced to go to such ministries for help. People choose to.
I think in this day of choice, people should be free not to remain homosexual if they find such feelings and attractions disturbing to them.

Holly

I watched with interest your piece on 'healing homosexuality'. I have been quite involved in the movement in the States you are talking about and found your report rather biased. Firstly, I know of no one in the 'ex-gay' movement who is saying that homosexuality is a mental disorder. Secondly, you say that 'over 100 camps' have been set up. This makes it sound like some type of brainwashing programme is going on. In fact it is different Christian ministries (Love in Action is just one)who operate out of normal offices just as any counselling service would do. Thirdly, you said or implied that ministries such as Love in Action are making a killing financially. While Love in Action is on the expensive end, most of these types of ministries really struggle financially. Staff have to have other jobs as well, as finances are tight. Some ministries in this work make little or even no charge to people who come for help.
Lastly, statistics for homosexuals commiting suicide is higher than the average population. Can you give any evidence that suggests that homosexuals who have been to such ministries for help and found that it didn't 'work' have a higher suicide rate than the homosexual population in general? No-one is forced to go to such ministries for help. People choose to.
I think in this day of choice, people should be free not to remain homosexual if they find such feelings and attractions disturbing to them.

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