I thought Summer said this topic was not acceptable in the Church and State forum, so why are we discussing it?
"The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case." Thomas Paine: Dissertation on First Principles of Government (July 1795)
It would be sufficient to Friend!'s case that he could show that there were individuals who believed or, at least, asserted that they were 'ex-gays' who were being discriminated against for religious reasons.
He hasn't been able to do even that.
Thank you amcolph. What is so disgusting to me is the gay and lesbian kids who are so desperate to please their elders, parents, church leaders, teachers and peers, that they will do anything to change their sexual orientation. They are being coerced into trying
[B]barbarous "aversion techniques" designed to "cure" them of homosexuality. Gay men have been shown pictures of naked men and then administered electric shocks through electrodes attached to their testicles, or made to ingest drugs that made them vomit. [/B] [B]Not surprisingly, these brutal, "Clockwork Orange"-like methods proved to be totally ineffective — yielding not one credibly documented case of a "cured" homosexual — and had been discarded by all but lunatic fringe psychotherapists by the late 1970s.[/B]
Friend and the RR continues to give false hope to those kids while ignoring the scientific facts and will lie to make the public think they are being persecuted and denied their rights.