Fascistic CA Senator, Ted Lieu, claims crackdown on "deceptive sexual-orientation conversion 'therapies'"

Clearly the Senator's press release is full of misinformation concerning change therapies. NARTH has contacted the Senator providing him with current research and corrections to these misleading statements, but he seems unwilling to rethink his position or modify in any way his outlandish pronouncements.

We are truly in a battle for survival. Left unchallenged this legislation will become a model for similar efforts nationwide. The opportunity for individuals of faith or conscience to contract freely with a counselor or therapist who shares their values concerning their unwanted homosexual attraction will be gone and evil will have truly triumphed.

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Here's fascistic California Senator Ted Lieu's utterly false, misleading, desperate statement:

Senate panel cracks down on deceptive sexual-orientation conversion 'therapies'
April 23, 2012

Sen. Ted W. Lieu bill would be first in nation to regulate conversion therapy

SACRAMENTO – A key professions-review panel today approved a patient-protection plan by Sen. Ted W. Lieu that promises to help raise public awareness of bogus and unethical therapies by mental-health providers who promise to help change a person's sexual orientation.

"Under the guise of a California license, some therapists are taking advantage of vulnerable people by pushing dangerous sexual orientation-change efforts," Lieu said after the 5-3 vote by the nine-member Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. "These bogus efforts have led in some cases to patients later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish. This is junk science and it must stop."

Senate bill 1172 would ban children under 18 from undergoing so-called sexual orientation-change efforts and would require adults seeking such treatment to sign informed consent forms indicating they understand the potential dangers, including depression and suicide, of reparative therapy and that it has no medical basis.

"Being lesbian or gay is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder," Lieu said. "The medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition."

Citing nearly 40 years of research by mental health experts, SB 1172 is based on the following:
• An individual's sexual orientation, whether homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual, is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency or shortcoming.
• Sexual orientation change efforts pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay and bisexual people, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicide, substance abuse, stress, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and a host of anger, dysfunction and dehumanized feelings.
• There is insufficient evidence that any type of psychotherapy can change a person's sexual orientation. Instead, sexual orientation therapy in some cases has caused serious and lasting harm.

"Clearly, so-called conversion or reparative therapy is scientifically ineffective and has resulted in much harm," Lieu said. "Simply put, this is an unacceptable therapeutic practice."

SB 1172 now faces review by the Senate Judiciary Committee. No hearing date has yet been set, but may likely be May 8.

For more, including a Fact Sheet on SB 1172, visit Lieu's Web site at the address below or contact Lieu's office.
Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu

Senate panel cracks down on deceptive sexual-orientation conversion 'therapies' | Senator Ted Lieu

That statement is so full of falsehoods that how anyone with any brains could ever release it and endorse it is simply beyond the pale.

"...bogus and unethical therapies...." There is nothing bogus about it, and it is highly unethical to deny it. People have changed and not been harmed at all, quite the contrary. They are glad and healthier. Ted Lieu and his supporters want to pretend those changed people don't exist. They exist whether Ted Lieu tries to continue the cover-up of the facts or not.

"Under the guise of a California license, some therapists are taking advantage of vulnerable people by pushing dangerous sexual orientation-change efforts." It is more dangerous to withdraw help from people who want the truth and to change with the help and assistance of those who understand various methods that work in that regard. No two people are alike. Just because some don't respond does not mean that what works for others should be taken away.

"These bogus efforts have led in some cases to patients later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish. This is junk science and it must stop." Where is the evidence that what NARTH and others have done is responsible for suicides, etc.? How many people commit suicide during or after undergoing sessions with pro-homosexuality licensed practitioners? Has Lieu conducted a study? Doctors' and psychologists' files are full of suicides. Will Lieu point the finger at the treatment in all of those cases? Of course he won't because he's ignorant and unethical in his approach to NARTH and the others who help people with unwanted same-sex attractions, as they should.

"Senate bill 1172 would ban children under 18 from undergoing so-called sexual orientation-change efforts and would require adults seeking such treatment to sign informed consent forms indicating they understand the potential dangers, including depression and suicide, of reparative therapy and that it has no medical basis." Listen to the audio below from the hearing. You will hear clear reasons why turning away children who look for help even without their parents' consent is a bad idea. Furthermore, Lieu wants a formal consent form that would state a flat-out lie about the treatment. Is he for such a consent form concerning all therapy? As I just said, there are suicides during and after all sorts of different treatments. No, this fascistic-minded fellow is singling out NARTH.

"'Being lesbian or gay is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder,' Lieu said. 'The medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition.'" Homosexuality is intrinsically disordered. It is largely the result of dysfunctional family life and often physical and psychological abuse and neglect. The statistical facts show this. Homosexuals suffer more ill-health that has nothing to do with whether or not they are "accepted." Those who change, greatly enhance their chances for a healthier life. The medical community is not unanimous. Furthermore, when the decision was made to change the definition, it was done without a full hearing. It was rather stealthily rammed through. Watch the video of Dr. Cummings below to learn much more about that. He was the lead person when the decision was taken. He now says that the real science was and is being ignored for politically correct reasons.

Citing nearly 40 years of research by mental health experts, SB 1172 is based on the following:
• An individual's sexual orientation, whether homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual, is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency or shortcoming.
• Sexual orientation change efforts pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay and bisexual people, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicide, substance abuse, stress, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and a host of anger, dysfunction and dehumanized feelings.
• There is insufficient evidence that any type of psychotherapy can change a person's sexual orientation. Instead, sexual orientation therapy in some cases has caused serious and lasting harm.

This is just redundant hype. It's cognitive dissonance at its worst. The main homosexual act is men using other men's anuses as sexual organs (as if they are vaginas). Yet, the world is supposed to fall for the lie that there is nothing inherently mentally ill in that act. Really, Senator Lieu, please grow up. In addition, when people confront their own shortcomings of various types and for whatever reasons, they often experience all of the symptoms mentioned. People in denial go through symptoms while they work to overcome. What Ted Lieu wants is for people to just wallow in the mire pretending that all is well. The same could be said for people with all sorts of sexually depraved problems. Doesn't the pedophile feel uncomfortable confronting the evil of his ways? Are we to make him comfortable with his unhealthy, disturbed thoughts and desires? No, we are to help him to overcome no matter how uncomfortable it may make him feel throughout the ordeal!

"'Clearly, so-called conversion or reparative therapy is scientifically ineffective and has resulted in much harm,' Lieu said. 'Simply put, this is an unacceptable therapeutic practice.'" How many people who have changed and been glad for it has Lieu talked with? Did he contact Exodus International before embarking upon his crusade against them?

Now, listen to this from the California Senate hearing yesterday. The audio gets much better into the recording:

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