Robin Williams, Rehab, and... " can we allow the fraud of “rehab” to continue?"

...since some people go to rehab and still suffer relapses afterwards, rehab is clearly “ineffective.” Robin Williams actually went to rehab, and shortly thereafter took his own life. Does that not clearly indicate that rehab is not only ineffective, but downright harmful? In addition, there are surely people who consume alcohol or use illicit drugs but are still able to function and make productive contributions to society — so there is obviously nothing inherently wrong with alcohol or drugs. Allowing people who struggle with their alcohol or drug use to seek professional help to discontinue them implies there is something wrong with them — thus reinforcing the unfair social stigma which attaches to people who use alcohol and drugs. And surely “family intervention” to force someone into rehab is a violation of their personal autonomy. In light of all these concerns, how can we allow the fraud of “rehab” to continue?

Source: FRC Blog » Robin Williams, Rehab, and Reorientation.


Tom Usher

We've been arguing for years that the standards applied against Sexual-Orientation-Change Efforts (SOCE) are not demanded of any other treatments. Why the double standard/hypocrisy? If SOCE must be subjected to standards that can be applied to any and all other treatments under the same "logic" that forces those standards on SOCE, then all other treatments must be subjected to exactly those same standards or something evil is afoot.

By the way, the following is part of the more than compelling reason that homosexuals shouldn't be allowed to "marry" under the law:

Why would someone want to change their sexual orientation? ... Some have legitimate concern about the well-documented health problems associated with homosexual conduct (especially among men), such as high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, of which HIV/AIDS is only one example.

Other reasons, among many, are the extremely high rates of infidelity and dissolution within such unions.

The point is that legally sanctioning such unions as being on par with the goal and/or right of heterosexual marriages, sends a decidedly detrimental signal to the youth of the nation that all is fine with homosex because a little tweaking here and there can readily fix whatever has been going wrong with homosexuals who want to "marry" or are "married" or don't want to marry at all. The rare exceptions, if there truly are any, make the rule. The truth though, as I've stated time and time again, is that homosexuality is itself a mental disease, just as were Robin Williams' various addictions into which he unfortunately relapsed.

I do hope that the lawyers arguing against same-sex marriage before the various federal appellate courts have the sense to raise these fundamental points. If not, the nation will have to suffer through a long and harmful learning curve. Tradition and procreation (as central as that has been to the idea/point of marriage) are not the main reasons to block same-sex marriage.

Just read how thickheaded some judges can be though: "Judges blast Ind., Wis. gay marriage bans." Pray for the nation that it doesn't continue its terrible slide further into Hell on Earth.

The lawyers and judges {for instance: Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson, Judge Richard Posner (7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals), and Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer} didn't even argue what matters most. Heaven help us.

And of course, being raised by both father and mother together is superior, regardless of what some poorly designed "studies" attempt to suggest. See: New Australian Study Can't Tell Same-Sex Parenting Better: Mark Regnerus.


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