In a recent NY Times article, Samuel Brinton, the discredited poster
child for Christian Counseling Bans, was given a platform to tell the world
what he’s really after.
When he came to the State House in Boston, he gave an emotional and tear-filled testimony
about the alleged physical abuse he received from therapists trying to
"make him straight," by using electro shock techniques and other
aversive procedures. Consistent with his presentations across the
country, he was full of graphic details but thin on specifics. He never
names the therapist who supposedly "treated" him, and can’t seem to get
his timeline straight. Whatever he actually went through as a child
does not appear to have in any way impaired his sexual
self-expression. He arrived at the
legislative hearing last June dressed to make a statement, from the
shock of dyed red hair on his head to the stiletto heels on his feet.
According to a recent video detailing the inconsistencies in his narrative, he can also be found in
public wearing a leather S&M dog suit.
I tell you all this, because Brinton is the man who is pushing hard for
Massachusetts to pass his counseling ban legislation, and he has the ears of
many of our lawmakers.
If House Bill 4014 passes, parents whose
children may be struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender
confusion would have nowhere to turn for professional counseling. Licensed
mental health professionals would be prohibited
by law from doing anything other than encouraging children to embrace
homosexuality or transgenderism.
This bill, which Brinton is demanding we pass, would also subject parents to charges of “child abuse”
for seeking treatment that espouses a traditional
Christian sexual ethic. This means
parents of a young boy, who has been convinced by the constant barrage of transgender
propaganda at school that he’s actually a girl, will face the horrific choice
of either setting their boy on the path to artificial estrogen injections and
eventual amputation of his sex organs or having DCF taking him away based on a report
of “child abuse.” Either way, they lose
At the moment, bills like H 4014 limit their bans to “licensed
mental health professionals,” which means that pastors and priests could still
lawfully counsel young people who struggle with these issues. It’s obvious that this would only be a first
step, however. The Williams Institute,
LGBT think tank in California cited by Brinton in his article, is
for a ban on clergy counseling, by declaring that "therapy provided by
religious or spiritual advisors leave[s] many youth vulnerable
to conversion counseling even in states with bans.” Brinton also makes
that a ban on counseling by licensed mental health professionals is not
enough. He wants to stop pastors,
priests and even parents from counseling children away from the type of
self-expression he has chosen. In the article, he claims that therapy
for children, such as simple verbal counseling or "talk therapy," is a
threat not just when performed
“by a licensed therapist in an office,” but also
“by a parent continuously punishing a child for acting too feminine or
pastor who wants to pray the gay away.” His message is clear: only
therapy encouraging the gay and/or transgender lifestyle will be
permitted. And it won’t be long before parents
the threat of having their children removed from the home if they
their sexual expression or refuse to buy them cross-gender hormones.
Passing this legislation would not only be a
horrific assault on parental rights, freedom of speech and free exercise of
religion, it would also be a tragedy for the thousands of children who would be
denied the help they want and need. Pediatric doctor Michelle Cretella explains
that 75%-95% of children who express gender confusion eventually grow out of it
IF they receive treatment that affirms their biological sex.
Ironically, the statistics from the left-wing Williams Institute
confirm this. They claim that 1.5% of MA
residents ages 13-19 identify as transgender, but only 0.3% of those 20
do so. That’s an 80% drop off after
children reach adulthood.
The movement to ban sexual orientation or
gender identity counseling from a Christian perspective also denies the
tremendous help it has given people like Springfield, MA resident Frank
Agundes, who left a homosexual lifestyle and is now happily married to a woman
and together they have a precious baby girl. You can watch his powerful
Friends, we must draw the line somewhere. Samuel Brinton is free to express himself in
any way he pleases and engage in just about any form of sexual “freedom” he
wants. But we cannot let him and the
LGBT movement tell us how to parent our children. This bill poses as clear a threat to our
families, and to parental rights in general, as we've seen on Beacon Hill. You helped us put the brakes on it last
November. Please continue to let your legislators know that you will not
tolerate this terrible bill.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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