'Ex-Gay' Group Promises The End Of Homosexuality


The International Healing Foundation – an ex-gay group whom we've talked about before for their involvement with anti-gay conferences in Uganda and whose pillow-beating Executive Director Emeritus Richard Cohen (pictured) was eviscerated on Rachel Maddow's show – have released a money-beg newsletter at PFOX preying on fears of protecting your children and the empty promise of the elimination of homosexuality. The fundraising message begins with:

IHF NewsletterGreetings,

Want to be part of an exciting revolution? Want to end homosexuality and prevent bullying? Want to protect your children and grandchildren?

Everyday our kids are being inundated with false information about homosexuality-born that way and cannot change. This is both scientifically and scripturally untrue. We at IHF have developed solutions to end homosexuality:

Scripturally, the Bible says nothing about whether the origins of homosexuality are inborn traits or chosen behaviors, just a handful of verses that arguably condemn the physical practice of same-sex "activities." Scientifically, homosexuality is regarded as an inborn trait, specifically an epigenetic one related to hormone production in fetuses that is passed father-to-daughter or mother-to-son.

Still, facts and reality have never gotten in the way of the ex-gay and anti-gay movements before, so there's no reason that they would start now.

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  1. Facts don't get in the way of them getting money.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Sep 5, 2013 11:08:35 AM

  2. if it was just about the money, they could be ignored. they're not selling online real estate courses, or motivational self-help get rich quick schemes. these misguided fools have the potential to inflict serious injury to their "clients".

    name one other type of counseling that would remain in business if there was even a remote possibility a subscriber could be permanently harmed. in the name of "religion", it's suddenly an acceptable risk if the client leaves more damaged than when they started? or is it because the supposed reward is worth the risk to the lives of a few, unfortunate gays?

    the government should step in and shut this website down immediately, with an emergency injunction from the fbi, and charge them with fraud. maybe that would stop this nonsense.

    Posted by: northalabama | Sep 5, 2013 11:28:16 AM

  3. Dear IHF: The way to end homosexuality in humans is to wipe out the entire human race. As long as straight couples keep having babies, there will be gay people in this world. Now, you can rock out to it, or you can spend the rest of your foolish years fighting it. The choice is yours. Meanwhile, my boyfriend and I are going to Lulu's right now for a lovely steak and eggs breakfast.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Sep 5, 2013 11:33:58 AM

  4. Methinks the pillow beater is in truth a pillow biter ...

    Posted by: jctsf | Sep 5, 2013 11:34:00 AM

  5. Some days I think I never knew so much stupidity existed in the world until I discovered the internet. Some days I just want to give the internet a wide berth.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Sep 5, 2013 11:37:09 AM

  6. Rachel's interview with Cohen is brilliant. She rips him to shreds in the nicest way--you can see the look of panic on his face when he realizes that she's done her research and is nailing him to the wall with his own words. She does a stellar job of showing him as the fraud he is. And he knows that's exactly what's happening as it's happening. Check it out.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Sep 5, 2013 11:48:15 AM

  7. One doesn't need to lie if the path is correct. Their desperation and lying is just proof that we're right and they are miserably, morally and sinfully wrong.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Sep 5, 2013 12:01:59 PM

  8. These frauds are still around because they are financed by those who would love to be bigoted and small minded without ever having to answer for it. They are financed into existence to try to prove show that an unachievable outcome is achievable. They continue because they haven't ever proved it.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Sep 5, 2013 12:09:55 PM

  9. We can only love you if you're straight!

    Posted by: anon | Sep 5, 2013 12:48:55 PM

  10. Here's the question I have about claims like this. Even assuming that your program works, which it obviously doesn't do for most, do you honestly believe that homosexuality is going to "go away" to suit you?

    Every scientific or historical indicator we have says homosexuality is just part of the human condition. At times gay people had relative acceptance and faced murderous threats but it never went away because it's just a fact of life.

    It's, you know, REALITY. So deal with it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 5, 2013 12:54:55 PM

  11. Facts are dangerous, especially if you ignore them.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 5, 2013 12:55:20 PM

  12. well, for those who attend the non-therapy, their homosexuality usually "ends" by committing to a miserable lie for the rest of their lives (yay! breaking the ninth commandment!) or by doing what Rick Warren's son did and taking all your hopes and dreams and sadness and wiping them out with a shotgun.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 5, 2013 1:26:06 PM

  13. If ex-gay therapies worked there would be studies demonstrating their efficacy. there are none. There are none because they don't work. Actually they do the opposite. They inflict needless pain and despair on people because the people in the "therapy" will be blamed when the quack practice doesn't work. it should be banned unless someone can prove it works. Set up the experiment. It's time to put up or shut up. (That goes for the other garbage quackery like homeopathy, too.)

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Sep 5, 2013 1:38:04 PM

  14. The best argument for the eventual end of homosexuality here on earth is stellar evolution. (Of course, it means the end of heterosexuality as well).

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 5, 2013 2:14:03 PM

  15. Sure, whatever. Exodus tried that for decades, and look where they're at now. They'd have better success teaching a cat to fly and lay eggs.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 5, 2013 3:37:43 PM

  16. No one knows better than the "Ex" homosexuals that their is no such thing as an "Ex" homosexual. Challenge any of them to get wired up to an erection measuring device and then show them photos of naked men and women and see which ones their dicks responds too.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 5, 2013 6:57:12 PM

  17. Over my dead body.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 5, 2013 7:02:51 PM

  18. Wouldn't this be "Bearing false witness before God"? Would that not make this a mortal sin? So we have mortal sinners trying to "fix" me? Wow. No thanks. You can keep on being a mortal sinner, and I'll just keep on being gay, the way God made me. Gee, when I put it like that, it is YOU who is the sinner, not me. The tables have turned, the times have changed. Your day is over. Good luck with all that hypocrisy!

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 6, 2013 5:25:50 AM

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