Oh, this infighting between Alan Chambers and Linda Harvey and other assorted wingnuts, over Chambers’ admission that reparative therapy is useless and harmful, and that “ex-gays” don’t actually change their sexual orientation, has been fun. Now here’s Joseph Nicolosi, head of NARTH, trying to defend himself to Alan and accidentally admitting that his entire life’s work is crap:
“Alan, what you are saying is untrue. I have never said I could cure someone completely from homosexuality. All my books make it quite clear that homosexual attractions will persist to some degree throughout a person’s lifetime. Furthermore, I do not use heterosexual pornography with my clients. I do ask them (if they wish to do this; some clients do not, and I never expect my clients to do anything they do not wish to do) to bring up a compelling image from gay porn that they wish to reduce the power of, and we work on diminishing its power (a technique with which we have had considerable success).
“However, I do not use straight porn; I use pictures of women they find attractive in mainstream magazines and we work on developing a physical attraction to them, through their imagination, while looking at these non-pornographic pictures. I would like you to set the record straight on this. You have been publicly denigrating reparative therapy and misleading people about its nature.”
That really loud, obnoxious sound is Nicolosi hastily uprooting and moving the goalposts.