Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Eunuch and an Ex-Gay Walk Into a ...

via Church Militant
Michael Voris is the gay man (now allegedly celibate) who runs Church Militant. The website has been described as the Alt-Right of ultra-conservative Catholicism. Voris is a profoundly homophobic eunuch.

Thursday, Voris writes: THE WAR ON REASON
Activists are denying the reality of human sexuality.
Christopher Doyle of the Institute for Healthy Families talks about the effort of homosexual activists to destroy reparative therapy.

This in turn leads to a video which requires a premium subscription to Church Militant. No thank you. Nevertheless, we can explore what Mr. Doyle has been up to.

Doyle is a former associate of Richard Cohen and the now defunct International Healing Foundation. Cohen is a well known whack job. I find it interesting that his current organization, Institute for Healthy Families, has the same initials.

In January Doyle challenged Maryland's ban on juvenile conversion therapy. Doyle is represented by the hate group, Liberty Counsel. Over the last five months nothing of note has happened except the exchange of lots and lots of paper. (Mat Staver et al try to paper opponents to death). At issue is whether or not the judge will grant a preliminary injunction in favor of Doyle which would ban enforcement of the conversion therapy ban. Doyle effects jurisdiction by claiming to be licensed in Maryland. I don't see how he has standing.

Hearing this case is U.S. District Court Judge Deborah K. Chasanow. She is a Clinton appointee. Mat Staver is likely to lose on the injunction. He will then appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is loaded with Obama appointees. Doyle is not paying Staver so there is no control on expenses. If Staver loses at the Fourth Circuit he will ask the Supreme Court to hear the case. In other words, this is going to go on for years, at taxpayer expense with Doyle's legal fees paid by tax-deducted donations to Liberty Counsel.

Institute for Healthy Families (IHF) seems to be located at 10620 Crestwood Drive in Manassas, VA. At least that is the information that the IRS and the Commonwealth of Virginia have. The address cannot be found on the organization's website. As of May 13, 2019, Doyle has not filed the 2017 tax return. The last extension expired in October. We are subsidizing an outfit that is apparently too disorganized to file a 990 on time.

What can be found at the website is the promotion of his book titled: The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide!. The preface is by Michelle Cretella and it has a foreword by Michael Brown. The better title might be Doyle, Cretella, Brown and Mental Health Collide. The book appears to be vanity published.

Later this month, Doyle is doing Break Free Your Inner Child Men's Healing Retreat in Orlando. It could be conversion group therapy.

What concerns me more is a September event:
Key to Your Child's Heart Mother's Healing Weekend

The weekend is designed for mothers of a same-sex attracted or gay-identified child. The goal is for each mother to grow personally and as a Parent/Coach, to learn how to better love and understand your struggling child, and to uncover how your own unresolved issues may be blocking your family’s path to healing.

This weekend away is set at our beautiful country farmhouse retreat in rural Maryland. Our small group of 8-10 mothers is a safe place to process, learn, and heal. You will leave with answers, tools, techniques, and hope to help yourself, your child, and your family.
Sounds like a great opportunity to teach parents how to fuck up their gay kids. I will see about “our farmhouse.” I did a deed search and to the best of my knowledge, that farmhouse is owned by Gerald W. Klinger which means that Doyle rents it for the weekend.

Doyle has another enterprise called Northern Virginia Christian Counseling (NOVA Christian Counseling). That website discloses only that it is located in Manassas so it probably operates out of the 10620 Crestwood Drive space.

The bottom line to all of this is: Crackpottery. There is no evidence that reparative or conversion therapy works but there is evidence of its potential harms. Doyle should refine his practice. He is a licensed mental health counselor. NOVA is even approved by some insurance companies (they do not disclose which ones).

As for seeking to destroy reparative therapy, I plead guilty, at least when it involves adolescents. I suppose that adults should be free to make idiotic decisions.

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