By Dr. Nadia El-Awady
IslamOnline’s Health & Science Editor
17/02/2003


Therapy

Today, children all over the developed world from kindergarten through college are being taught that homosexuality is a normal, healthy lifestyle option with no disadvantages other than society’s disapproval. Sexually confused teenagers are encouraged to investigate homosexual relationships when they are too young to make critical lifestyle decisions. If they seek counseling, they are told that change from homosexuality is impossible.

Gender-disturbed children are no longer helped to become more comfortable with their own biological sex, or with the same-sex peers they have been avoiding. Instead, counselors tell their parents, “Your child is fine-the only problem is with society.”

When gay advocates reframed the public debate as a discussion about “who one is” rather that “what one does”, they successfully intimidated dissenters by casting them as personally bigoted and hateful. As a result, most people who defend the reality of male-female design have been embarrassed into public silence.

Dr. Byrd, Vice President of NARTH, asks in an article published in the Salt Lake City Tribune:

Is homosexuality immutable? Is it fixed, or is it amenable to change? The 1973 decision to delete homosexuality from the Diagnostic Manual of the American Psychiatric Association had a chilling effect on research. The APA decision was not made based on new scientific evidence, in fact, as gay activist researcher Simon LeVay admitted, “Gay activism was clearly the force that propelled the APA to declassify homosexuality.”

In reviewing the research, Satinover reported a 52% success rate in the treatment of unwanted homosexual attraction. Masters and Johnson, the famed sex researchers, reported a 65% success rate after a five-year follow-up. Other professionals report success rates ranging from 30-70%.

(http://www.narth.com/docs/innate.html)

Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, better known as the architect of the 1973 APA decision to delete homosexuality from the Diagnostic Manual, revealed a provocative new study in the APA’s annual meeting of May 9, 2001. After meeting a group of ex-gays that gathered at the 1999 APA annual meeting to prove that homosexuality could be changed, Dr. Spitzer decided to perform a study on ex-gays to see whether or not homosexuality could actually be changed. To the surprise of the researchers’ themselves, good heterosexual functioning was reportedly achieved by 67% of the men who had rarely or never felt any opposite-sex attraction before the change process. Nearly all the subjects said they now feel more masculine (in the case of men) or more feminine (women).

Dr. Spitzer concluded his study by saying, “Contrary to conventional wisdom, some highly motivated individuals, using a variety of change efforts, can make substantial change in multiple indicators of sexual orientation, and achieve good heterosexual functioning.”

Most of the subjects in the study revealed that their religious faith was very important in their lives, and about three-quarters of the men and half of the women had been heterosexually married by the time of the study. Most had sought change because a gay lifestyle had been emotionally unsatisfying. Many had been disturbed by promiscuity, stormy relationships, a conflict with their religious values, and the desire to be (or to stay) heterosexually married.

Typically, the effort to change did not produce significant results for the first two years. Subjects said they were helped by examining their family and childhood experiences, and understanding how those factors might have contributed to their gender identity and sexual orientation. Same-sex mentoring relationships, behavior- therapy techniques and group therapy were also mentioned as particularly helpful. (http://www.narth.com/docs/spitzer3.html)