Recipe For Disaster: Religion and Human Sexuality

Organizations like the National Organization For Marriage are a horrific example of all that is wrong when human sexuality is combined with religion, such as Catholic adoption agencies closing down operations in fear that a gay couple might adopt a child, Christian organizations spending millions of dollars to fight against the rights of the LGBT community and the very fact that a human being should have to somehow defend their sexuality.

The attitude towards the LGBT community by some very powerful and influential people, both past and present is atrocious. The fact that this attitude is borne from religion, particularly the Abrahamic religions, and is supported by hundreds of millions of individuals is terrifying to homosexuals and horrifying to anyone who has an ounce of understanding about human biology, genetics and the animal kingdom in general.

Who’s fucking business is it, anyway? We are attracted to whom we are attracted to and it shouldn’t make a goddamned difference to anyone as long as both parties are consenting adults. I won’t even bother to insult you by refuting the ridiculous and audacious belief that some of these assclowns hold about gay men having more of a tendency than heterosexual men to sexually molest children.

Reparative Therapies” are probably the worst examples of mentally mind-fucking a perfectly good human. There have been many comparative studies between homosexual parents and heterosexual parents that reveal no developmental differences between the two groups of children in their intelligence, psychological adjustment, social adjustment, popularity with friends or their sexual orientation. In fact, it has been shown in many cases where children of homosexual parents have fared better in several areas of development.

For more than twenty-five years, mental health practitioners and researchers have recognized that homosexuality is not a mental illness. Moreover, they are highly critical of attempts to change sexual orientation. These professional associations include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of Social Workers.

These are not fringe groups. They represent roughly a half-million health and mental health professionals who support the fact that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus, there is no need for a cure. Furthermore, the American Psychiatric Association rejected reparative therapy as not only ineffective, but potentially destructive. The risks include depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.

The fact remains that it is not possible to change someones sexual orientation, but the religious zealots make it very possible to make homosexuals miserable over it. Reparative therapy ‘ministries’ prey on the spiritually and emotionally wounded. Many who turn to these conversion ministries end up with a life of continual guilt and despair. It is no wonder that 30% of homosexual teenagers attempt suicide over this kind of guilt ridden and self-loathing education that is the result of two-thousand years of church-inspired homophobia. Unfathomable is the number of homosexuals that have suffered rejection of their families, been driven to suicide due to depression, have been discriminated against by anti-gay laws and even condemned to death for sodomy.

Attempts to change sexual orientation are nothing more than religiously motivated behavior modification. Reparation therapy is relabeled snake oil and is being sold to our gay community for a disorder that does not exist.

Those who profit from selling the snake oil for money, power or fame and those who support the idea that homosexuality is a disease should be ashamed of themselves.

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Al Stefanelli is the author of “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism O...  He also writes for the National Atheism Examiner and Yahoo! He is also the President and Founder of the United Atheist Front, wich can be found on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, Podbean and YouTube.

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 29, 2011 at 2:37pm
Great article.  The irony of it all is that theism represents a form of mental illness while theists proclaim some forms of human sexuality are a mental illness.  One day we'll get the right people in the rubber room.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 29, 2011 at 2:46pm

This video discusses the distortions to which homophobic 'researchers' will stoop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NHdSVknB5Q&feature=feedrec_grec...

Comment by Bryan B on May 29, 2011 at 3:58pm

We really should start reparative therapy for fundamentalists but then again maybe trying to fix them is asking the impossible. I think this could be the start is a whole article series called 'Recipe for Disaster:Religion and ANYTHING' lol. Good piece.

 

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