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3/20/19  2:49 pm
Commenter: Robert Steven Penczak

That we're even discussing conversion therapy in the 21st century is morally abhorrent
 

As a humanist and a retired physician, I'm appalled to see the words 'conversion' and 'therapy' linked together, as if the barbaric practice of turning a person against themselves is somehow in that pereson's therapeutic interest. You will not find many scientists advocating on behalf of such torture. But you will find a whole lot of religious Fundamentalists who care neither for the Constitutional prohibition on fusing church and state nor for the welfare of our fellow human beings who will be traumatized and put at greater risk for dying by suicide if conversion 'therapy' - think psychological Inquisition - is allowed to go on. The State should criminalize attacks on gay people, not sanction them. Please ban conversion therapy now.

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