Mat Barber and Matt Staver of Liberty Council made the highly questionable claim that California’s Senate Bill No. 1172 would force children who are victims of same-sex abuse to;
“Be gay for the rest of their life.”
Considering Barber seems to take the position that; “Being gay is a sexually transmitted disease” I’m not surprised that they would make such a ridiculous statement.
All reputable studies show that there is no known link between child sexual abuse and sexual orientation.
If the link existed as Matt Barber is claiming it does then the logical conclusion would be to immediately have a member of the opposite sex molest the child to offset the damage done (an unethical solution).
In lieu of such an eye raising (and illegal) strategy an entire pseudo-science has come into existence . Matt Barber’s posturing about the perils of Senate Bill No. 1172 seek to cover up the true focus of the bill. Addressing the use of the pseudo-science field that is reparative or conversion therapy technique by licensed Mental Health care providers.
The entire purpose of Senate Bill No. 1172 is to prevent the further practice of reparative or conversion therapy techniques that have absolutely no reliable data to suggest these techniques do any good.
I refer you to section 1 K of the proposed Bill;
(k) The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2012 published an article in its journal, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, stating: “Clinicians should be aware that there is no evidence that sexual orientation can be altered through therapy, and that attempts to do so may be harmful. There is no empirical evidence adult homosexuality can be prevented if gender nonconforming children are influenced to be more gender conforming. Indeed, there is no medically valid basis for attempting to prevent homosexuality, which is not an illness. On the contrary, such efforts may encourage family rejection and undermine self-esteem, connectedness and caring, important protective factors against suicidal ideation and attempts. Given that there is no evidence that efforts to alter sexual orientation are effective, beneficial or necessary, and the possibility that they carry the risk of significant harm, such interventions are contraindicated.”
In other words; there’s no data to back up claims that reparative and conversion therapy treatments are effective and Matt Barber knows this. Which is why he’s attempting to allow the court of public opinion to determine what is and is not considered sound science backed up by hard data.
This goes beyond the issue of “supporting gay vs anti-gay”.
This is yet another example of the Right’s attack on science and knowledge in America in an attempt to dumb down this nation.
You’ll note that sexual reorientation therapy itself isn’t made illegal, it’s the use of what has been shown to be an unsuccessful treatment plan based on a disproven hypothesis by Mental Health Providers as described here in Section 2 Article 15.865.
For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(a) “Mental health provider” means a physician and surgeon specializing in the practice of psychiatry, a psychologist, a psychological assistant, intern, or trainee, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a registered marriage and family therapist, intern, or trainee, a licensed educational psychologist, a credentialed school psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker, an associate clinical social worker, a licensed professional clinical counselor, a registered clinical counselor, intern, or trainee, or any other person designated as a mental health professional under California law or regulation.
So you can try to reorient sexuality all you want, but not while representing the legitimate Health Care field that is psychology, psychiatry or any other licensed Social Service professional.
If we allow the likes of Matt Barber to continue to make unfounded claims in an attempt to support the inclusion of pseudo-science into the fields of science?
America will continue to gradually lose that competitive edge we once had when we recognized that from knowledge comes greatness.
Lin to Senate Bill 1172 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120SB1172