I was an ex-lesbian for almost eight years during most of my twenties. Except for one thing. I was just celibate. I was still sexually attracted to women. I could not force myself to be attracted to men. I could not will myself to be attracted to men. All I could manage was to be very shut down emotionally and always on guard. As an ex-ex-lesbian, I don’t believe there’s any such thing as an ex-homosexual.
It is wrong in every way for any society, or any religion for that matter, to force homosexuals to become heterosexuals for any reason whatsoever. It was devastating to me in every way to believe I had to do that to myself to be a good person. If I had had any relationship with a man under those circumstances, it would not have been good for him, either. I would have been faking my whole life, not just the sex.
I bring this up because today Van Helsing over at Right Wing News is wringing his hands over the banning from public school libraries of books with a religious agenda of destroying the self-confidence of homosexuals and manipulating them into becoming ex-gay heterosexuals:
One reason liberals hate Christianity so frenetically is that it teaches us that we can overcome sin and find redemption. According to moonbat ideology, we are hapless victims who cannot be held accountable for our own behavior. The idea that we have free will is heresy to progressives, so it is no surprise that books about ex-gays are getting banned by public school libraries ….
If you want to see your book on school shelves, you have to take a very different point of view — i.e., you have to promote homosexuality to children.
PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs turned to the American Library Association for help. After all, the ALA has been promoting its annual Banned Books Week, devoted to shining a light on “the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States” …. But these principles only apply to books that advance the degenerate agenda. Consequently, the liberal establishment’s ALA blew off Griggs, refusing even to issue a statement opposing bans on ex-gay books. When Fox News tried to learn more, the ALA blew it off too, no doubt pleasing The Anointed One immensely.
First, the best reasons to ban the books is that they are religion masquerading as science. As science, they are on a par with books asserting that the earth is flat and the moon landing was a hoax.
Second, there are plenty of very religious liberals so it is just crazy to paint all liberals as hating Christianity. And the founding of a Christian church that accepted gays was one of the first things that happened when the modern homosexual equality movement began in 1969 — it is the Metropolitan Community Church and it was founded by ex-heterosexual gay pastor Rev. Troy Perry. When homosexuals act rudely about religion, it is worthwhile to remember that the religions started it and encourage parents to throw away their homosexual children, even the dependent teens; tell the most vicious lies about homosexuals; and openly have an agenda to destroy the lives of homosexuals, deny us equality, keep us as second-class citizens and stigmatize us in every possible way. Case in point — see above, “degenerate agenda.” There are not many people so saintly that they can endure such comprehensive violence and hatred directed against them, even as vulnerable children, and extol the virtues of the religions that actively promote their persecution NOT because of anything they do but because of what they ARE.
And another thing — I first came out in 1972 when I was 18 and attending the University of Michigan. I began to speak to classes there about what it was like to be a lesbian when I was 19 or 20. So I have a rather long perspective. And I have observed that only people who are forcing themselves to be heterosexual believe that this can and should be done, plus the people they have browbeaten into believing them. So I find it VERY interesting that Van Helsing seems to be saying that sexual orientation is subject to free will — very interesting indeed.