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SB 1172 Headed To Assembly; Bigots Get Angry

SB 1172, the bill currently kicking around the California legislature that would outlaw the administration of "reparative therapy" to children, is likely to move to the full assembly next week. If the houses can agree on the bill's wording, it'll head to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who either will or won't sign it sometime in September. It's a story worth watching.

FOX News has certainly been paying attention. They've published a pretty good overview of the story so far -- though, being FOX, they do include an unnecessary number of paragraphs like this one:

"[The law] unconstitutionally prohibits speech…violates privacy and personal autonomy rights, intermeddles in theological disputes, clashes with other laws and creates significant unintended consequences," Matt McReynolds, a staff attorney with Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute, said.

110719 TedLieuA lot of people are agog over the bill, and none moreso than the "Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays" (PFOX), who've penned an open letter to State Sen. Ted Lieu (right), the architect of SB 1172, to cease promoting his "harmful, anti-family bill." Speaking to the Christianist website OneNewsNow, PFOX's Executive Director, Regina Griggs, defended coercive reparative therapy for minors by saying:

If you look at the CDC report kids 13-24, youth who have been diagnosed by HIV increased by 44 percent ... Of those people ages 13-24 that were diagnosed by the CDC, 89 percent was attributed to men having sex with men. I don't think 13-year-olds are grown-ups. I don't consider them men; they are children. Talk about endangering children. He's talking about denying them help so they become trapped in a relationship that is increasing, constantly subjecting them to a possibility of AIDS, of which there is no cure.

Ms. Griggs, it is safe to assume, does not have a background in statistics.

Incidentally, PFOX recently publicly excoriated Exodus International, once America's premier organization of de-gayers, for their softening stance on the rights of gays to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This was after Exodus updated its "Policy Statements" webpage to read, in part:

... we stand with the LGBT community both in spirit, and when necessary, legally and physically, when violence rears it’s head in Uganda, Jamaica or anywhere else in the world.

PFOX characterized this assertion as "supporting sodomy rights elsewhere in the world," a development it called "troubling."

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  1. Extremists like you who are advocating this bill are the real God-hating tyrannical bigots!!!!! If it passes I am going to contribute as much as I can to a rebellion against the Socialist Republic of California. We simply will not accept this outrageous violation of our civil liberties. You are trying to muzzle and marginalize us who hold to the values that made America the greatest nation on earth and marginalize us. And you will no doubt try to imprison us or even kill us. And you may succeed because our state and a good part of our nation have literally gone insane in buying into so-called "Gay Rights". But, even if you kill us, you will never defeat us in the end because God is on our side! And you will have to answer to Him for your rebellion against Him.

    Posted by: Duke1CA | Aug 26, 2012 12:53:49 PM

  2. Duke:

    Thanks for reading, and for commenting. Its always good to hear from a plurality of perspectives.

    I cant help but notice: you do sound very angry and/or nervous for somebody with, as you say, God on your side. I imagine that if I had an all-powerful, all-knowing being backing me up, I would be quite calm. Why the agitation?

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Aug 26, 2012 1:04:51 PM

  3. You homosexuals who are pushing the "equal rights" agenda are headed for a day of reckoning both in America and, especially, in the Day of Judgment. Sooner or later your aggressiveness in seeking to impose your agenda will generate a massive backlash. If you had any sense at all you would cool it and stop trying to extend your so-called rights to the extent that you are trying to take away the rights of Christians, which is what this bill does. But you are completely blind and insane in your rebellion against God and His Truth, so I know you will just get more and more enraged at people like me, showing that you are the real haters, not Christians like me.

    Posted by: Duke1CA | Aug 26, 2012 5:21:18 PM

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