Skip to comments.Amid Bachmann controversy, many Christians cool to conversion therapy for gays
Posted on 07/18/2011 10:35:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
When presidential candidate Michele Bachmanns husband, Marcus, addressed accusations that his Christian counseling business encourages homosexual clients to try to change their sexual orientation, he appeared to play down the role of so-called conversion therapy at his clinics.
"Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? Bachmann told Minnesotas Star Tribune newspaper. It is at the client's discretion.
"We don't have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone," Bachmann said, noting that such therapy was not a focus of his two clinics.
Bachmanns seeming ambivalence about conversion therapy - sometimes called reparative therapy - after a weeks worth of news stories that raised questions about whether his clinics promote the practice may illustrate a broader trend in the conservative Christian subculture.
While many evangelicals once viewed conversion therapy as key way to deal with homosexuality, many of the religious movement's leaders and organizations have cooled to the practice in recent years, as more science suggests that homosexuality may be innate and as new therapeutic approaches have emerged.
Evangelicals, in quiet ways, are shifting to this position to where there is just not a lot of support for the change paradigm, said Warren Throckmorton, an influential voice in the world of Christian counseling, referring to so-called change therapy.
In the late 1990s, the debate was clearly, Could gays change from being gay? and the focus was on orientation, and it was a big part of politics, said Throckmorton, an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College, an evangelical school in Pennsylvania.
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RE: She is not accountable for her husbands work.
I believe she SUPPORTS her husband’s work. That tells me that she BELIEVES in what he does.
But so what? Does this disqualify her from being President?
Only the PC types would think that.
Post of the day!
Why don't we have those threads any more??? I tried to start one months ago and the mods pulled it. I am not a favorite apparently.
“She is not accountable for her husbands work.”
Except that when she gives speeches, she often says she and her husband are business owners and I’m assuming the Bachmann Clinic is the one to which she refers.
“Why, instead of Moody, Sunday, Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor, William Carey, Judson and Bob Jones do we have TD Jakes, Osteen, Kirk Cameron, Franklin Graham, and Bob Jones III?”
I would NOT lump Kirk Cameron in with Jakes or Osteen. I’m very familiar with him, his work, his faith and family values, and the great sacrifices he’s made as an adult in his acting career to remain true to his faith and principles. Ditto for his wife who gave hers up to raise their children. They’re loving parents with a sweet family. His public debates with atheists can be seen all over youube. He put a lot of his own money into the Left Behind movies based on the book series by Jerry Jenkins and Dr. Tim LeHaye about the Tribulation and prophecies of Revelations.
Unlike the generic Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes, Kirk Cameron is unafraid to talk about Christ as Savior, and does so often. He’s talked honestly about his immaturity as an adolescent actor, and has since developed into a fine Christian man.
It’s about who should pay for it. They love taxpayer dollars. Do as I say not as I do.
>>> You go to hell for indulging in sexual sin. You dont go to hell for have eczema.
Maybe you do. There has to be a reason the Devil is also known as Old Scratch.
You’re right about Kirk Cameron, he’s a better Christian than me, but his ministry is limited by a watered down bible in a watered down generation. Before English speaking people started questioning the accuracy of the Word, the English speaking people were winning the world for Christ.