‘Ex-gay’ movement a positive force
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
In the last issue of the East Tennessean, I was delighted to read about an organization I’ve never heard of before called “Voice of the Voiceless.”
The article, entitled “The ‘ex-gay’ movement reaches new lows,” is interesting to say the least. But after doing some of my own research into the organization, I didn’t feel like the article gave it a fair shake.
The Voice of the Voiceless is an organization whose main purpose is to represent and give a “voice” to members of the so-called “ex-gay” community.
To clarify that term, it refers to people who were formerly homosexual, who have decided they no longer want that life and, through therapy or sheer act of will, have overcome what they call “unwanted same sex attraction” to live a heterosexual life.
It is important to note that the goal of Voice of the Voiceless is not to try and “turn” homosexuals, but rather to represent those who would consider themselves to be ex-gays.
Despite what the media would like us to believe, that homosexuality is irreversible, “ex-gays” do exist and walk among us, so much so that it would necessitate an organization like this to help represent them in the proper light.
The only thing that we can say is truly inherent about homosexuality is that it is highly controversial, and the ex-gay movement is no exception.
Those against it argue that it is doing more harm than good, and many ex-gays end up becoming ex-ex-gays, eventually returning to their former lifestyle.
But with the media and medical field no longer exercising good science in investigating and studying homosexuality, it comes as no surprise.
Too many so-called “experts” are operating on a faulty premise, the conclusion of which precludes any debate, no matter how valid the argument.
The article I am responding to is an example of this.
It is rife with incongruities and argumentative fallacies, wholly misrepresenting both the Voice of the Voiceless as well as anyone supporting traditional marriage.
It contains all the necessary liberal buzzwords, to the point that it comes across as nothing more than the latest form letter from leftists’ propaganda machines.
As difficult as it is to ascertain what the specific “lows” are that the title indicates, as well as an exact thesis, the air of hostility is still clearly felt.
The true irony of this article is that, while it claims to be on the side of those supporting tolerance and equality, it belittles and attacks a community of people by telling them what they are doing and feeling is wrong.
The gay community doesn’t like having this kind of argument thrown at them, but will gladly use it and anything else they can in their own defense.
However, the difference is that those supporting traditional marriage actually have something to back up this argument.
I could further that debate here, but the fact is that people will believe what they want to believe.
It will take more than debate to change people’s minds, because it is not an issue of the head, but of the heart.