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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Reparative therapy fails to change sexual orientation, period!


On June 20, the following story appeared in the Washington Post. This is clear testimony that there is no therapy that can change one's sexual orientation.

"Talk about a one-man culture war.

The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, issued a series of apologies and explanations this week about plans to shut down the organization, which for 37 years has worked with Christians dealing with same-sex attraction.

Chambers has been under fire from both Christians who say he has not been vocal enough about their belief that homosexual behavior is unacceptable sin, as well as from gay rights activists who point to stories of deep harm done by so-called Exodus’ ‘reparative therapies’ said to turn gay people straight. He says the mission of the organization no longer fits what he says he now knows about God, and the demands of a “messy,” changing culture.

In an apology to the gay community, Chambers noted that he “cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex” and marriage but added that he will no longer “fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek.”

Chambers, who says he and his wife Leslie “are more in love than we’ve ever have been” but admits to still being attracted to men, said in a nearly hour-long talk Wednesday at the organization’s 38th annual conference that he and Exodus leaders came to the conclusion that God was calling them to shut down the ministry."

It is clearly time for all of us to accept that sexual orientation is not a choice. We need to accept that and honor all those who have been struggling to be who they are naturally and love whom they wish to love.

Love, light and shadow,
Dr. Jalaledin Ebrahim, LMFT, PhD

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