Error of Man: Obama calls for end of LGBT 'conversion' therapy for youth

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Obama calls for end of LGBT ‘conversion’ therapy for youth

By Associated Press

obamaleelahinsetWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.

The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy.

In a statement late Wednesday, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the administration supports banning so-called conversion therapy treatments for minors.

“We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth,” Jarrett said. “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.”

The White House is not explicitly calling for congressional legislation to ban the therapies nationwide. But Jarrett’s statement highlighted states that have outlawed the practice and expressed hope that there will be broader action.

The White House says lawmakers in 18 states have introduced legislation similar to measures already in place in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., banning licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors.

The American Psychiatric Association has long opposed conversion therapy, which the organization says is based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

Alcorn, the Ohio teen whose death spurred the White House petition, had gained an online following through her Tumblr posts. She wrote about depression and isolation, lamented that her life would only get worse, and expressed frustration that her parents wanted her to be “their perfect little straight Christian boy.” She said she was taken to “Christian therapists” who were “very biased.”

Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, welcomed Obama’s statement.

“Having President Obama and the weight of the White House behind efforts to ban conversion therapy is so critical in the fight for transgender and LGB young people,” Keisling said in a statement. “My hope is that when a transgender person’s struggle is acknowledged by one of the most recognizable figures in the world, it positively changes the way they view themselves. The pseudo-science that propels conversion therapy cannot match the self-acceptance that comes with this kind of change.”

9 Comments on “Error of Man: Obama calls for end of LGBT 'conversion' therapy for youth”

  1. M.

    Instead of him talking about the shooting that happened in North Carolina, or recognising that Islamist extremists (well real Muslims to me) killed Christian men and women in his so called homeland, this guy wants to talk about banning conversion therapy, what’s next? Stop ministers praying for homosexuals and transgenders to be delievered from this spirit of perversion.

  2. Jack

    Some of the methods they use in this therapy are questionable ( erotic images, masturbation) , the success rates are low. But to come out and say this. Is like him saying there is nothing wrong. Destroying souls in the process. He is for ‘change”, gender and sexual orientation included I guess. Saw a dog running with it’s owner
    the other day. Most dogs have a look of happiness on their faces when out. This one had the look on it’s face like
    ” man I sure hope none of my friends see me out with you” I feel like that dog today.

  3. Edward A. Hara

    Let’s take religion out of this altogether. Let’s look at this from the standpoint of natural law. Natural law is that understanding that the function/use of a thing is known by the way the thing is structured. Thus we know that a hammer is not made to polish glass. A lawn mower is not made to be a pool vacuum. A dog is not a bird. We identify “dog” by certain facts that are not true about birds — shape of body, lack of wings, inability to fly, does not eat insects, etc.

    Let’s look at the human body now. It is made male and female. To what purpose serve the genitalia? Do they even have a primary purpose? Yes, they do. They purpose is the creation of life by the insertion of the male organ into the female and the depositing of seed within the female body. The male body is designed to do this and the female body is designed to receive from the male and nurture that life for nine months of gestation.

    Note this carefully: this is the NORMAL and PROPER function of the male and female bodies.

    However, in order for this to happen, the male and female must have a desire to unite with each other and to do that which results in pregnancy. This normal desire for relations with the opposite sex is part of the function of sexuality in human beings. Without this desire, males and females would ignore each other and the human race would soon be extinct.

    In other words, natural law, the law of things performing according to the manner in which they are built and the function of their creation, shows us that human beings who are NORMAL ACCORDING TO NATURAL LAW, will desire each other and will therefore come together and fulfill the function built into their bodies.

    Therefore, any deviance from this is a result of something being dreadfully messed up. It’s like a dog that keeps jumping off the deck and batting its front paws in the air trying to fly. Something is bad wrong and needs to be fixed. When a machine does not work according to the function that is built into its creation, we call in experts to examine the machine, find the problem, and correct it.

    Transgenders are screwed up people who are not functioning according to their biological creation. There’s a wire loose somewhere and the machine of the human body is off-kilter. It needs to be fixed. That is what so-called “Conversion Therapy” is all about – fixing a broken human being that is not functioning according to the inbuilt design of his/her body.

    Obama and his liberal buddies live in an Alice in Wonderland dream world where anything and everything goes and there is no such thing as truth or reality. Winding up with this clown as our president is surely God’s justice upon our nation for all the evils we have and continue to permit.

    Remember: Those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

  4. Terry Thompson sr.

    Sex, and money seems to be at the head of the evils that continues to take this country on a downward spiral. Every day it’s something about the lgbt . What they want ,and what they want changed. These people continue to effect the lives of Americans , and they aren’t, but a small percent. We want America fix now without the one who can truly fix it Jesus. This is the continued agenda of the Anti Chirst. Chuches are as quiet as a mouse stilling cheese. We have got afraid of controversy. We want everyone to like us, but that’s not so. If the world hates you know that it hated me first. Jesus the Chirst. This young man by the power of the enemy, kill himself to escape the life style he glorified. The enemy will do that. Why do Americans say our thoughts and prayers are with you, when we don’t want the very God who sent His Son to save us. Oh I for got we want to be saved, but not delivered . Can’t have one without the other. Peace. One Lord one Baptism.

  5. Diane Bryant

    The problem isn’t the conversion therapy. The problem comes from becoming a transgender. It’s a spirit of Baal-peor which opens the mind to evil imagination or evil inventions. Psalm 106:29-30. When we invent or reinvent ourselves outside of God’s will and purpose, we open the door for demonic attacks. Depression and suicide does not come from God. It comes from the enemy. Genesis 6:5.

  6. Jerome

    Obamanation is at it again.Welp…the pastors and saints voted home in. Repent church’s…..you already know Hilary is next President . And watch a lot of women ministers and lgbt people promote her campaign. Smh

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