December 30th, 2008 by M. French

Joe Delaney of Joseph’s Coat Ministries and Randy Thomas of Exodus International were quoted in the December 28th Chattanooga Times Free Press article Faith said to change sexual orientation. The article provides a good overview of the debate concerning ministries that promote freedom from homosexuality, with both sides being given a chance to voice their beliefs. The take from the pro-gay blog Good As You can be seen here.

The Chattanooga Times article quoted a representative from the APA below:

Still, Dr. Anderson of the American Psychological Association contends conversion therapy is rooted in subtle criticism.

People who decide to turn to such therapies “are often people who are involved in social groups that have a high level of negativity toward homosexuality,” Dr. Anderson said. “They are seeking such therapies not necessarily because they’re going to benefit from them, but because they are trying desperately to fit into communities they seek to fit in.”

Dr. Anderson provides quite an interesting assessment of faith communities from an outsider’s perspective. Do you think he’s right? Leave a comment below and share your opinion.

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