Chelsea Clinton and Facebook have teamed up to censor any discussion of counseling or therapy options for people who want to overcome their same-sex attractions.
The issue has been in the news of late with what critics call California’s “must stay gay” bill, which would censor public discussions and publications promoting such counseling.
The Facebook controversy arose because the social-media platform allowed ads for counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.
Following user complaints, Clinton stormed into the discussion on Twitter:
“Child abuse. ‘Conversion therapy’ is child abuse. There are not two sides to this question and these ads – and the practices they promote – should be illegal everywhere. Full stop,” she wrote.
The London Daily Mail reported that a Facebook user named Alystair Ryder had complained of an ad for a book titled “Help for Men with Same-Sex Attraction.”
He said the ad left him “shaken.”
According to the British paper, users said that when they clicked on an option to find out why they were being shown the ads, they were informed it was because they showed interest in “gender” issues.
Facebook, which is under pressure from Congress over widespread complaints that it is censoring conservative and Christian expression, immediately dumped the ads.
In a statement, the company said, “We removed these ads after further review. While we may miss some, we’re working hard to make sure we quickly find and take down bad ads.”
Facebook affirmed that the ads showed up because of “micro-targeting,” which targets users with ads related to their individual browsing habits.
The California bill would classify as consumer fraud any conferences, books or counseling that advocates helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.
Only counseling promoting the gay lifestyle would be allowed.
Lawmakers are hearing many warnings that the proposed law effectively will make the purchase of a Bible a crime in California.
Ironically, the legislation comes amid the release of a Liberty Counsel study showing that such therapies overwhelmingly are effective.
The study, titled “Effects of Therapy on Religious Men Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction,” authored by Paul Santero, Neil Whitehead and Dolores Ballesteros, all PhDs, introduces its findings by noting that the American Psychological Association and other organizations “have formally claimed that sexual orientation change therapies should not be used because they are probably ineffective and may cause harm.”
However, the authors report: “A survey asking for negative and positive experiences of 125 men with active lay religious belief who went through sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) strongly conflict with those claims. In our study, most of those who participated in group or professional help had heterosexual shifts in sexual attraction, sexual identity and behavior with large statistical effect sizes, similarly moderate-to-marked decreases in suicidality, depression, substance abuse, and increases in social functioning and self -esteem. Almost all harmful effects were none to slight.”
This result, Liberty Counsel explains, “strongly refutes claims the American Psychological Association and other organizations have made aimed at discouraging counsel to change unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior, and identity.”
WND reported on when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a news commentator, warned of “a terrible storm that’s brewing on the horizon.”
“You may have heard the news or seen the reports, but people of faith in California are bracing for one of the most dramatic ideological shifts away from the First Amendment in our nation’s history,” Huckabee said. “It’s the kind of storm that destroys the foundations of liberty and a free society.”
Huckabee said it “prevents faith-led counselors from assisting clients with same-sex attraction or gender confusion. It prohibits churches from holding any ticketed events addressing topics of sexuality.”
“But it’s FAR more reaching than that,” he added. “This means the sale of ANY book that states the practice of homosexuality or transgender identification as immoral actions would be illegal in California. … This could include the Bible!”
Although the legislation’s sponsors deny it, he said, “legal experts agree that AB 2943 is so broadly worded in its description of prohibited activities that it can easily be interpreted to stop the sale of goods and services that promote a biblical worldview!”
WND has reported that a lawmaker and an LGBT activist have admitted that the bill targets “pastors” and members of the “faith community.” A video shows California state Assembly member Al Muratsuchi admitting he wants to target people of faith.
After all, the lawmaker argued, the First Amendment “does not prohibit banning fraudulent conduct.”
“The faith community, like anyone else, needs to evolve with the times,” he declared.
Meanwhile, in a speech at Google headquarters, LGBT activist Samuel Brinton promised to “figure out” how to stop “pastors” and churches from offering such counseling.
“I may not be able to find every little camp … every pastor, but I can make it something that is culturally unacceptable,” he said. “Yes, it’s directly affecting mental health professionals, but by proxy, it’s affecting everyone else.”