"There is no such thing as a homosexual. We are all heterosexual. Our body was designed for the opposite sex," – Joseph Nicolosi, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.
There is a refreshing clarity about this, because it helps remind people that the Christianist movement is not about tolerating gay people, but about insisting that they do not exist, and where they do insist in existing, describing them as liars, mentally ill, or "objectively disordered." Check out this Fred Barnes piece about the latest attempt to prevent gay couples from having any legal protections throughout America. You’ll notice one thing: nowhere is there any idea that gay people exist, that they might be a part of this debate, or that they should be treated with any respect. In fact, gay people don’t appear in an article … about gay people. To Fred, alas, gay people simply cannot exist (they’re just sinful or mentally ill heterosexuals), and so an argument is made without even an attempt to offer a proposal for including them in our national life. Nicolosi, for his part, urges theories of child therapy that have been regarded as psychological abuse by all mainstream psychologists and psychiatrists for the past thirty years. Money quote:
The audience of more than 700 sat rapt in the pews of a Fort Lauderdale church. Some held Bibles. Others took notes. Nicolosi went on to tell them that fathers could help their sons stay straight by bonding through rough-and-tumble games, such as tossing them in the air.
"Even if [the dad] drops the kid and he cracks his head, at least he’ll be heterosexual," Nicolosi said, chuckling. "A small price to pay."
Or they can be beaten into submission. Or driven to suicide. A small price to pay. And it’s paid all the time in this country and around the world.