Never one to be deterred by the facts, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) goes up against the mother of a transgender child.  Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family joins him in what seems like a defense of the theories essential to their respective group’s claims that homosexuality is a disorder and can be treated.  In this case, Nicolosi staunchly informs the mother that she was overly involved in her child’s life, while the child’s father was not involved enough.  Further, there is a 75% chance that her child will be gay, as well as transgender.

NARTH is no stranger to controversy.  As first reported on XGW in 2006,  NARTH advisor Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D., attempted a justification of slavery.

With all due respect, there is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America. It could be pointed out, for example, that Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle, as yet uncivilized or industrialized. Life there was savage, as savage as the jungle for most people, and that it was the Africans themselves who first enslaved their own people. They sold their own people to other countries, and those brought to Europe, South America, America, and other countries, were in many ways better off than they had been in Africa. But if one even begins to say these things one is quickly shouted down as though one were a complete madman.

That same year, another NARTH advisor, Joseph Berger, made an incredibly cruel suggestion to the parents of transgender children.

NARTH Scientific Advisory Committee member Joseph Berger said on a blog in reaction to a San Francisco Chronicle article on gender identity issues, “I suggest, indeed, letting children who wish go to school in clothes of the opposite sex – but not counselling other children to not tease them or hurt their feelings.

“On the contrary, don’t interfere, and let the other children ridicule the child who has lost that clear boundary between play-acting at home and the reality needs of the outside world.

“Maybe, in this way, the child will re-establish that necessary boundary.”

While the offending material was quietly removed from the organization’s web site, both Schoenewolf and Berger remain with NARTH.

The ex-gay referral ministry Exodus International recommends NARTH as a resource and Nicolosi represents Exodus as a speaker.

H/T: Warren Throckmorton

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