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Homosexuality "cure"

what do you think about ppl who claim they've been cured of homosexuality? are they lying to themselves or is there a legit cure out there? and by cure im talking about the psychology centered organizations run by Exodus International (a fundamentalist Christians company that tries to help those with addictive behaviors).

if someone only changes their homosexual orientation because of 1-2 months of constant shaming (ex. God hates you b/c you are gay), will it stick once they get away from the shaming "therapy"?


Thursday nights are my documentary nights and last night was This is What Love in Action Looks Like, the story of Zach Stark. its about a young boy who blogged his parents' forcing him to go to a ex-gay camp and the protesting that happened b/c of it.

 
okmanders

Asked by okmanders at 3:02 PM on Oct. 12, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • There is no cure, because it is not a disease. I think those "cures" are torture and abuse, and anyone who claims that they've been "cured' has either been brainwashed into thinking they are no longer gay (or tortured until they agree just to make it stop), or in (rare) cases, maybe weren't gay to begin with - maybe they were just experimenting and would have concluded on their own that they were straight.

    I think it's despicable that anyone would force their child to go through that.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 3:58 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • It's psychological abuse, putting into them the fear of hell and disownment/being shunned by the church & it's members for being gay.
    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 3:07 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • Homosexuality is neither a disease nor a "disorder". Therefore there is no "need' for a cure. Anyone who claims otherwise is full of shit.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 4:57 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • I think "cure" is the wrong term. I do have a cousin that decided not to act on his homosexual feelings because he believes it's wrong. He's not "cured" of anything (as he doesn't have a disease), he's simply assessing his beliefs and his priorities and deciding to act in the way he thinks is the right way.

    Sharon
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 7:48 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • Honestly I think it's just "fearing" them into conforming with their "morality," and therefore denying their true selves and putting on a mask.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 3:02 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • It's psychological abuse

    This, exactly. They're the same techniques used to brainwash someone into a cult or captivity.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:21 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • It's not a disease, and it's not a choice. No one has ever been cured of heterosexuality, so how can they think a gay person can?

    Since we are not animals and can usually control our urges, sure, somone can claim they are 'cured' because they no longer act on their desires. But that doesn't mean they are physiologically cured by any means.

    Exodus International's own chairman John Paulk couldn't keep himself straight. http://www.truthwinsout.org/scandals-defections/
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 4:36 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • I think the only "cure" is Jesus. We (including homosexuals) are all sinners and cannot be cured of that except by staying in the word of God daily and walking with Him daily. FTR, God doesn't hate homosexuals, like the comparison in the Gospels to Jesus as the Great Physician, he came for the sick not the well. Anyone who tells a person that God hates him/her is abusive! It also says He loves us where we are but to accept Him and remain where we are is to treat His sacrifice as if it were for nothing.
    HHx5

    Answer by HHx5 at 3:09 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • I don't think you can cure homosexuality, it's who you are. You can control what you do not who you are
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 4:38 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

  • Repression does not = cure.
    kimigogo

    Answer by kimigogo at 5:15 PM on Oct. 12, 2012

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