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.
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.
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.