From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/gay-cure-fight-new-jersey_n_1941197.html
In California and New Jersey, lawmakers, gay-rights advocates, therapists, and religious organizations are fighting over the future of a controversial therapy that purports to “cure” gay people by making them straight. The debate is the latest iteration of a longstanding culture war over whether being gay is a choice, and groups on both sides said they expect the clash to soon expand to other states.
New Jersey and California lawmakers who support banning the therapy said laws would protect children from a practice that is both ineffective and harmful. Last weekend, California became the first state to prohibit licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of patients under age 18. “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” tweeted Gov. Jerry Brown (D) after signing the legislation. As soon as next week, New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D) said he will introduce similar legislation. “This is about getting rid of child abuse,” Eustace told The Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, two Christian legal groups have filed separate lawsuits on behalf of therapists, patients and families who say that the therapy can help change a person’s sexual orientation and that a ban would violate constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty. “The government doesn’t have the right to tell clients what kind of counseling they can receive, parents the kind of counseling they can provide to their minor children, or counselors the kind of counseling or viewpoints they can express,” said Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, which sued California on Thursday.
Staver adamantly said the focus of his suit was not whether the therapy was “good or bad,” but he insisted some people have “benefited by it.” Referencing a report from 2009, he added, “Even the American Psychological Association said that there’s some evidence of benefits from counseling.”
Continue reading at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/gay-cure-fight-new-jersey_n_1941197.html
Investigative journalist calls for tougher regulations for therapists, as BACP formally opposes ‘gay cure’ practices
By Matthew Jenkin
05 October 2012
A UK psychotherapist has been struck off for using ‘gay cure’ therapy, after a two and a half year battle by an undercover journalist.
Lesley Pilkington, a 61-year-old who had been a shrink for 20 years, had her membership suspended from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in May 2012 after she was found to be telling patients she could cure their sexuality.
The decision to ban her completely from practicing in the UK has been applauded by award-winning journalist Patrick Strudwick whose undercover investigation, in which he posed as a gay patient, led to her being found guilty of malpractice.
However, Strudwick attacked the BACP for not withdrawing her membership entirely earlier, branding the process a ‘diabolical shambles’.
In an article in The Independent, he claims despite many people believing the BACP’s rejection of her suspension appeal was the final nail in the coffin for Pilkington’s career, it merely upheld the original verdict and sanctions imposed on her.
Pilkington was, therefore, still able to retain her membership if she was able to prove she had made appropriate changes in her practice.
Continue reading at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-shrink-struck-gay-cure-therapy051012
From The New Civil Rights Movement: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/1-unprecedented-scalia-says-easy-to-outlaw-gay-marriage-aka-homosexual-sodomy/politics/2012/10/05/50378
by David Badash
on October 5, 2012
Antonin Scalia, possibly the most extreme conservative associate U.S. Supreme Court justice, says, for him, it is “easy” to outlaw same-sex marriage — which he calls “homosexual sodomy.” Scalia, a Reagan appointee who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, also finds it “easy” to rule on the death penalty and abortion. The remarks are considered unprecedented as they relate to cases the Supreme Court is likely to rule on soon, possibly even next year.
“The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.”
Scalia made the shocking remarks while discussing his new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, at a D.C. book signing hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). AEI is an uber-conservative think tank home to many former-Bush administration neocons, including John Bolton, Lynne Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and Paul Wolfowitz.
“Scalia calls himself a ‘textualist’,” The Huffington Post notes, (which is also labeled an an originalist,) meaning, Scalia believes that if the exact words — text — do not appear in the Constitution, the right to it does not exist. In a Scalia world, there is no right to same-sex marriage, abortion, Miranda warnings, and believes the death penalty is not “cruel and unusual.”
“The issue of gay rights, or more specifically same-sex marriage, is expected to be a big one in the term that began this week,” The Huffington Post noted, making the mere idea that Scalia would comment scandalous and imprudent.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/oct/05/unemployment-rate-september-jobs-report
Associated Press in New York
guardian.co.uk, Friday 5 October 2012
The US unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month, dropping below 8% for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.
Both campaigns were watching the monthly reports closely, but neither appeared to react publicly in the first few minutes after Friday’s news.
The labor department said employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work.
The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months.
The unemployment rate fell from 8.1% in August, matching its level in January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office.
The decline could help Obama, who is coming off a disappointing debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
See also: Los Angeles Times: Unemployment falls sharply to 7.8%, a 3 1/2-year low
By John Celock
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has written a new book in which he says slavery was “a blessing” for African-Americans, among other questionable statements.
Hubbard, a first term Republican from Jonesboro, Ark., makes a series of racially charged statements in the self-published book, including saying that integration of schools is hurting white students, that African slaves had better lives under slavery than in Africa, that blacks are not contributing to society, and that a situation is developing the United States which is similar to that of Nazi Germany.
Regarding slavery, Hubbard wrote:
“… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” (Pages 183-89)
On the subject of school integration, Hubbard described black students as having a “a lack of discipline and ambition,” which he said has hurt the entire educational system.