‘Curing’ Homosexuality

The brilliant Derren Brown weighs in ton the ‘gay conversion’ seminars being offered by religious nut cases:

Regardless of how ridiculous (and offensive, if you take offense at

such things) it may sound to ‘cure’ gay people, there are plenty of

unhappy people – especially, I would imagine, those holding a religious

belief – who would welcome the idea of an easy change to being straight.

It would be lovely to think that a church at least in part devoted to

peace on earth and making people happier would turn their efforts

towards the far more helpful cause of educating people to accept

(through whatever complex play of nature and/or nurture) how they or

others have turned out in life. I’m sure plenty of Christians – even

Tories – find such ‘therapy’ quite distasteful, however confusedly

well-meaning it might be within the world of the gross religious

presumptions it inhabits. I hope that both groups have the sense to

publicly distance themselves from this confused and probably quite

harmful practice. I read of such things now and shiver.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.