You probably know about the new California law that restricts so-called "reparative therapy" intended to convert gay people to heterosexuality; the law forbids would-be converters from practicing this "therapy" on minors. Religious rightists are challenging the law in court; the lead spokesman for a group spearheading the challenge, Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel, has a rather remarkable way of describing laws of this kind.
He calls them "Sandusky Laws."
Hunh? Allow him to explain:
JERRY SANDUSKY LAWS: SICK AND TWISTEDGood grief. When you read stories like Gabriel Arana's about the intense pressure put on gay young people and the self-hate that "reparative therapy" engenders, when you realize that the psychiatrist whose work set the conversion movement in motion, Dr. Robert Spitzer, has since apologized and declared that it's absurd to try to convert gay people, you realize which way the abuse really goes -- and yet here are the Liberty Counsel guys frantically trying to generate a meme by branding anti-conversion laws "Sandusky Laws" and claiming that young people denied this treatmant are the real victims.
In recent months, "progressive" lawmakers, activist attorneys and militant homosexual pressure groups have launched a fierce campaign to ban therapeutic help for child victims of monsters like homosexual pedophile Jerry Sandusky. California has already passed such a law (SB 1172)....
SB 1172 would make illegal any counseling to diminish or eliminate same-sex sexual attractions or high-risk behaviors, even when, as is often the case, those attractions and behaviors derive from sexual abuse....
Despite intense, politically motivated denials from many on the left, research has established the astonishing frequency to which a "gay identity" or "sexual orientation" stems from childhood sexual abuse.
Sandusky Laws abuse these children all over again.
...the highly liberal American Psychological Association (APA) supports these Sandusky Laws for political reasons....
I don't know how many people still pay attention to menaces like this; fewer and fewer, it seems, even on the right. They're stuck in a time warp, still believing that homosexuality is typically the result of trauma, and expressing contempt for predators like Sandusky as much because their attraction is same-sex as because it's pedophilic.
What wasted lives these people lead. I hope their influence is fading to insignificance. But they're menaces nevertheless.