Monday, December 7, 2015

"Using modern science to treat homosexuality" resurfaces at LifeSite

This is the graphic that they are using. Physician with young man?
I wrote about this on November 27. Mark Latkovic, a professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, has decided that Catholic teaching has a monopoly on wisdom. One day he is hoping for a pill that will turn gay people straight (he really wrote that). Meanwhile, rest assured that modern science has empowered psychologists to treat homosexuality. At least that was the claim in his rather amusing polemic at Crisis Magazine.

Ten days later, absent the author's name, it is on an ultra-conservative, high traffic, Catholic website. LifeSite went through the trouble of getting permission from Crisis to reproduce it in full which means that an editor at LifeSite either believes this bullshit (in which case he is an idiot) or he thinks that readers will believe this bullshit (in which case they are idiots).

The more I think about this the more dumbfounded I become. There is not a shred of evidence that anyone has ever changed anyone else from gay to straight. It seems that every supposed ex-gay that we come in contact with has an economic interest in claiming to be ex-gay. The largest Christian organization promoting reparative therapy (Exodus, International) closed its doors. It's now former president said that nobody really changes.

This is another example of people believing what they are desperate to believe no matter how improbable that might be. Come to think of it, doesn't religious belief work exactly the same way?

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