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Psychologists join the gay marriage bandwagon
August 16, 2004
By R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, Southern Seminary
Signaling total capitulation to the homosexual agenda, the American Psychological Association has endorsed same-sex marriage and now calls for the complete acceptance of homosexual partnerships and homosexual adoption. In a sweeping resolution, the professional organization for psychologists provided ample evidence that the group is now practicing politics rather than psychology.
Meeting in Honolulu, the APA Council of Representatives adopted the recommendation of its Working Group on Same-Sex Families and Relationships. The resolution adopted by the organization reiterates the APA’s decision in 1975 to declare “homosexuality is neither a form of mental illness nor a symptom of mental illness.” Further, “taken together, the evidence clearly supports the position that the social stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and violence associated with not having a heterosexual orientation and the hostile and stressful social environments created thereby, adversely affect the psychological, physical, social, and economic well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.”
Throwing aside millennia of moral wisdom, the APA resolution declared, “that it is unfair and discriminatory to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage and to all its attendant benefits, rights, and privileges.”
This most recent atrocity from the APA provides further evidence of the fact that the profession of psychology, along with its allied fields, is now totally committed to values that are at odds with the convictions of mainstream Americans. More importantly, this resolution and its ideological underpinnings demonstrate that the modern psychotherapeutic worldview is directly at odds with the biblical worldview of Christianity.
The APA has become an organizing center for the homosexual movement. Furthermore, the group ardently opposes all efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy and intervention.
The APA’s recent resolution claims that denying civil marriage to homosexual couples is wrongful discrimination because it “denies such couples, their children, and other members of their families the legal, financial and social advantages of civil marriage.”
Psychologist James C. Dobson, President of Focus on the Family, condemned the APA’s decision, arguing that the resolution “flies in the face of logic, science, and the historical experience of every culture on the face of the planet.”
Total acceptance of homosexuality, normalization of homosexual behaviors and lifestyles, and acceptance of homosexual relationships now stands as a non-negotiable doctrine of modern psychology and psychiatry. According to the ethical principles and guidelines adopted by the APA, it would be unethical for a therapist to suggest that homosexuality is wrong, sinful or to be addressed as a problem.
This comprehensive acceptance of the homosexual agenda is now enshrined in official policies adopted, not only by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association, but also by groups including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers, among others.
This represents a near total sweep for homosexual activists — and all at the expense of credible science and medicine.
The groups are holding to these newfound convictions with a totalitarian vengeance. According to a report published recently in The Washington Times, National Education Association members pounced upon educators who formed an “Ex-Gay Educators Caucus” in the NEA. One delegate, wearing the rainbow emblem of the NEA’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Caucus told one of the ex-gay members, “I’m really offended that you’re even here.” Another said, “You might as well set up a Ku Klux Klan booth right next to you.”
Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network [GLSEN] was honored with the NEA’s human rights “Creative Leadership” award at this year’s annual convention. “Ex-gay messages have no place in our nation’s public schools,” Jennings has declared. “A line has been drawn. There is no ‘other side’ when you’re talking about lesbian, gay, and bisexual students.”
There you have it. There is no “other side,” declares Mr. Jennings. There is no debate, no discourse, and no need for further discussion. The homosexual activists will not settle for anything less than total indoctrination, total capitulation and the total rejection of the biblical worldview. The final insult is that they expect us to accept all of this as “science.”