Lead GOP hate group ties Robin William’s suicide to “ex-gay” therapy

They don’t call the Family Research Council a “hate group” for nothing.

In a recent post on its Web site, FRC used Robin Williams’ suicide as a hook to push for the “cure” of all gays.

Because… hate group.

First, here’s FRC, then a little discussion:

In the wake of Williams’ suicide, many TV commentators and friends of the late star talked about the challenges of mental illness (Williams suffered from depression), addictions — and rehab. I saw comedian Andy Dick say, “I’ve been to rehab seventeen times.”

In light of this history, I have only one question for socially liberal political activists — why aren’t you trying to outlaw rehab?

I ask the question because such activists are trying to ban a form of mental health treatment — not drug and alcohol rehabilitation, but “sexual orientation change efforts” (“SOCE”), also known as “sexual reorientation therapy.” Such therapy involves assisting people with unwanted same-sex attractions to overcome them.

Why would someone want to change their sexual orientation? Some such individuals are simply disillusioned by their experiences in homosexual relationships. 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. Others may seek help in conforming their behavior and lifestyle to the teaching of the religious faith to which they are committed. Some may aspire to a traditional family life, raising children in a home with both their mother and father present.

Whatever the motivation, there are those who have simply made a choice to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle, without clinical help — much like how Robin Williams simply stopped using drugs and alcohol in the 1980’s. Others have sought professional help, perhaps at the urging of family members, in the form of “sexual reorientation therapy” — much like when Williams entered a formal alcohol rehab program in 2006. Whether simply through personal development, religious counseling, or with the help of a licensed or unlicensed counselor, thousands (if not millions) of people have experienced significant changes in one or more of the elements of their sexual orientation (attractions, behavior, or self-identification). [emphasis added]

So being gay is like being an addict, or something.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

Mind you, FRC has been pushing its “pray away the gay” fairy tale for about twenty years now, and they have as many success stories now, two decades later, as they had then.  Actually, they have fewer, since many of their “ex-gay” poster-children are now fallen angels who have admitted that they were gay all along.  (As if that’s a surprise to anyone.)

The “you can cure gays” lie was debunked decades ago, by the way.

Former FRC head Gary Bauer. The masculinity oozes.

Former FRC head Gary Bauer. The masculinity oozes.

You might recall that in addition to having presidents who come across as awfully fey, the FRC regularly carries water for, and works with, the Republican party —  former FRC head Gary Bauer even ran for president as a Republican.  Well, FRC’s two decades of lies about gay people finally won them the official designation as a “hate group” a few years back, and they weren’t terribly pleased about it.

But even for FRC, trying to use Robin Williams’ death for political gain is really a new low.

Then again, they’re a hate group.

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  • crazymonkeylady

    False equivalents. The FRC is just spinning their lies for fun and profit, not their god.

  • Silver_Witch

    The FRC may bite my ass….

    Using Robin Williams to promote hatred surely would have him rolling in his grave (if one believed there is anything after this life).

    Now I am off to weep again of the loss of a wonderful man and how full the world is of idiots.

  • Thom Allen

    No, there are some valuable organisms in the slime beneath your feet. Nothing valuable about the FRC, its executive body or members.

  • oikos

    Nice try FRC, but I tie this death to you and the rest of the anti-gay hate groups:


  • lynchie

    great comment. kinda like independent, not dem or repub.

  • lynchie

    not sure they want to win anyone over just keep the homophobes sending in their money and throwing them raw meat over all the “fags” in hollywood, the godless, non family oriented, sinners. Of course only in their eyes.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Kathy Griffin once did a whole routine on this. There’s real rehab and then there’s a celebrity spa where you can come and go as you please (and so can your dealer). It’s hardly a secret which ones are which. Let’s not denigrate real rehab because some celebrities hide out in expensive spas to get out of a bad news cycle (usually deserved). Rehab helps a lot of people. I have family members who were self destructing and are alive and reasonably healthy (years of binge drinking will take a toll on the body). I do wish there were some way to make it impossible for fake-rehab places to call themselves that. Some sort of licensing. It’s hardly a secret which is which as it is.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    People love Robin Williams. He was a good person (too many testimonials to count) and most of all hilariously funny. He was also a good actor in dramatic roles. He is much beloved and deservedly so. Attacking someone like that for any reason is dumb. D.U.M.B. Especially so soon after his death. People are upset. This is not how to win people over to your point of view. (And we should all keep that in mind if we ever think of using a recently deceased and much beloved public figure this way. I hope no one who reads this is that D.U.M.B but it’s worth repeating.

  • The_Fixer

    The richness of the FRC’s slander and their complete misunderstanding of human sexuality are once again on display, and their display of that ignorance is astounding.

    First of all, they whip out that “homosexual lifestyle” BS again. Jeez, I’d like to know more about this imaginary land of nearly constant sexual debauchery (only stopping to catch a bite and recruit children, I guess). I don’t live that life, and neither do my friends. I feel that if the FRC knows where it is happening, they must let us know (in the interest of science, wink-wink).

    This is, of course, part of their open equation of gay=automatic promiscuity. Apparently, there are people out there who have become disillusioned with this “standard gay lifestyle” (that the FRC knows so much about), and want to “convert”. Using their logic, one might wish to change orientation from heterosexual to asexual being as some straight people have trouble with promiscuity. Never mind that promiscuity (safely done) is a matter between the promiscuous people directly involved – it’s Anti-Jesusy. We can’t have that in a secular democratic government… oh, wait…

    So here we go again. I hope I live long enough to see the day when these clowns are few in number, and those remaining are laughed out of town no matter where they go.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    You would think I would be use to these guys by now, but they’re disgusting.

  • nicho

    Exactly, rehab is a racket. Celebrity rehab, even more so. They pay $30K a month and have a few 12-step meetings, maybe some yoga, and horseback riding (how would you like to be the horse who drew Limbaugh’s name?). The celebs are back again in a few months or a year. Rinse and repeat. These facilities should have revolving doors. The anti-gay rehab is even worse because rather than simply not curing the “problem,” they actually do significant damage.

  • UFIA

    Eew! Don’t step in that!

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    To their initial question… I’m of the belief that a good number of “rehab” facilities should be closed, or somehow relabeled. Most of those celebrity rehab facilities that have popped up as a cottage industry are obviously nothing more than drunk tanks that sucker desperate people who have hit rock bottom out of their money. They dry them out for a few days, and then send them home with no solid tools with which to re-enter a functional life. If any other purported medical facility had such a high failure and recidivism rate, they’d be shut down. I get that an addict has to want to get better, but most of these rehab programs don’t offer anything close to the kind of support system that someone struggling with addiction needs over the long term. And don’t even get me started on reality shows about rehab.

  • judybrowni

    These people are the slime beneath my feet.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “Why would someone want to change their sexual orientation?”

    The proper response to that lie is always, “When did you decide to be ‘straight’???”

  • Indigo

    Overcoming Christianism? Unbuckling the Bible Belt? Wiping away Baptism. Closing the Bible?
    So many possiblities . . .

  • caphillprof

    The only folk needing institutional care are born “again” so-called Christians.

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