Monday, October 22, 2007
NARTH Comes to Dallas
NARTH, the controversial National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality will hold its annual meeting in my "home town" Dallas this coming weekend (October 26-28). Keynote Speaker for the conference is none other than Stanton Jones, co-author of a recently released, controversial study of participants in ex-gay ministries. Also on the agenda is Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International.
I won't enumerate my disagreements with and criticisms of NARTH here. Those familiar with the organization are also familiar with its controversy. However, I will point out that last year, a pro-gay group picked an entertaining theme for their protest of the NARTH gathering: ducks. Claiming the organization is a haven for psychological quacks, members of Truth Wins Out brought various toy ducks, inflatable ducks, duck costumes, and signs that simply said "QUACK" and enjoyed themselves immensely outside the meeting.
Participants in this year's protest have been asked to come dressed in scary/freaky Halloween costumes to parody the theories and therapeutic techniques employed by NARTH.
hat tip: Box Turtle Bulletin