October 16, 2006

The head spins at the thought...

AlterNet :

A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and the civil rights movement was "irrational."

"There is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America," writes Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of NARTH's Science Advisory Committee. "Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle... Life there was savage ... and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off."

NARTH is a coalition of psychologists who believe it's possible to "cure" homosexuality, a position rejected by the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. The controversy over Schoenewolf's apology for slavery has battered the so-called "ex-gay" movement with accusations of racial bigotry for the first time. The movement's leaders and their close allies at Christian Right powerhouses like Focus on the Family have failed to condemn Schoenwolf's inflammatory arguments. Read on...

It's unbelievable to me that there are people out there this out of touch with history, psychology...aw hell, this out of touch with reality. As a resident of San Francisco, I'd love to see this guy spout off his theories in a couple of neighborhoods I could mention. I doubt that he'd find my fellow San Franciscans as tolerant as our reputation would suggest.

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