Rainbow Bullies Denying Treatment To Those Who Seek It

Imagine if a young person was struggling with a drug addiction, or a gambling addiction, or a sexual addiction, but the government passed laws saying these people could NOT get help, therapy or treatment in dealing with these unwanted addictions or attractions.

Most people would be utterly shocked at such heartless and fascist interference by the state. They would correctly argue that people should have the right and the freedom to make such choices for themselves, and should not be denied help when they desperately want it.

Yet this is happening throughout the West when it comes to people who are struggling with, and do not want, same-sex attractions. Plenty of jurisdictions are making it illegal to actually offer such people the help they crave. Talk about a bullying pink Big Brother. Talk about the erosion of freedom and human rights.

This is happening here and overseas. Let me look at the latest skirmish of this here – and a derelict lamestream media – and then focus on what is happening in America. In Victoria the Melbourne Age – is once again showing its true colours.

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I have documented for decades now how left wing and unbalanced the Fairfax press is in general, and the Age in particular. As I was putting the finishing touches on this article, I came upon another piece which says much the same thing. So let me insert here the words of Mark Powell:

“The Fairfax papers has become so strident in their LGBTIQ advocacy that they cannot tolerate anyone having a view other than their own. And what’s more, they’ll publicly name and shame anyone who does.” Exactly, and the Age article under question is a perfect illustration of this.

It begins with this really ‘ominous’ headline: “Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids”. Shock horror! The Opposition leader Matthew Guy has actually had some branches saying we should not turn helpers into criminals.

Yet the Age thinks this is the worse thing there is, and rounds up all their buddies to make comments, while refusing to let just one voice from the other side have a hearing. The piece begins by noting those who are offering the proposal:

Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy is under pressure to give parents greater access to gay ‘conversion’ therapy for their children, with sections of the Liberal Party set to push the issue at this month’s state council meeting. A motion by a conservative Liberal branch linked to Federal MP Kevin Andrews has called for state legislation allowing health practitioners “to offer counselling out of same sex attraction or gender transitioning to patients who request it”.

The rest of the piece features lefties who are criticising this. It offers quotes from three critics of this idea: the co-convenor of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby; the Labor Government Mental Health Minister; and the spokeswoman for Parents of Gender Diverse Children.

Yet not one single word is offered by those working in this area or by who those who have been helped by such counselling. What a sick joke. And this piece was penned by an “Investigative Reporter” and a “Transport Reporter”.

What, “Transport”? You mean they roped in any old pro-homosexual who wanted to push a hobby horse. And “investigative”? You mean an indoctrination reporter. Decades ago the Age decided it would stop reporting the news – at least in a fair and balanced fashion – but would just push radical leftist ideology, and ignore completely any other voices.

This article is a perfect example of this. The Age, like so much of the mainstream media, is simply a con. It does not report on the news, it makes news. It simply pushes leftist agenda items, and does not bother anymore to even appear to be even-handed.

Pink Big Brother in America

As mentioned, this idea of actually preventing young people from getting the help they so desperately need is happening elsewhere, including in a number of US states. Around a dozen states in America and several dozen cities already have laws on the books which ban any sort of therapy for those who are unhappy with their same-sex attraction.

These jurisdictions have decided that such people will NOT be allowed to get the assistance they so strongly crave. Talk about a rainbow Brave New World in which the state determines how people are supposed to live and feel, criminalising any helps and therapies it considers not to be PC enough.

One of the most recent cases of this involved California. Michael Brown wrote it up at the time and he is worth quoting from here. He begins his piece as follows:

In a brazen assault on our most fundamental freedoms, California legislators are considering a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to receive professional help to resolve unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion. This would apply to people of all ages. People of all religious and moral convictions. It is an absolute outrage, and it must be opposed vigorously.

For the last few years, a growing number of states and cities have embraced legislation making it illegal for minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion to receive professional help, even with the full support of their parents.

And this Big Brother assault on our freedoms will also apply to churches. Brown continues:

This defies all logic and can be seen only for what it is: a frontal assault on our freedom to self-determination. A frontal assault on our freedom of religion. And a frontal assault on our freedom of conscience. Make no mistake about this. As ADF attorney Matt Sharp explained on my Line of Fire broadcast, this legislation will extend into the churches.

For example, let’s say your church has the policy of offering free pastoral counseling for all tithing members. That means a financial transaction is involved in those services. So you, a member in good standing, want to receive some much needed counseling. You’re a married father of four, but you struggle deeply with gender identity confusion. You set up an appointment with one of the pastors, only to be told, “It is illegal for us to help you.” I am not exaggerating.

He continues:

What makes this even more outrageous is that 1) there are thousands of ex-gays who can personally testify to their own transformation, 2) there are gay and lesbian psychologists who argue against the myth that homosexuality is innate and immutable, and 3) most children who identify as transgender no longer do so after puberty.

And remember: while California seeks to pass this monstrous legislation, it has no problem backing a psychologist who will help a man embrace his alleged male and female identities simultaneously. Or a counselor who will help someone embrace his alleged animal (or alien) identity. All of that is fine. But to help someone be at home in his own body would be illegal….

Anne Paulk, an ex-lesbian herself, said positive counseling outcomes for people dealing with unwanted same-sex attractions are higher than positive outcomes for those dealing with alcoholism. Yet no one in his right mind would seek to ban professional counseling or therapy for alcoholics.

No, this California assault on our most fundamental freedoms is simply the latest manifestation of LGBT activism. As I and others have warned incessantly for many years, those who came out of the closet want to put us in the closet. Do you believe me now?

Yes I too have been warning about this for decades now. It gets worse with each passing day. The homosexual activists – and their MSM allies – are at bottom heartless bullies and coercive utopians who will NOT allow any dissent and countering points of view. All opposition WILL be stamped out.

Welcome to Rainbow Totalitarianism. But we really did warn you.

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Bill Muehlenberg
Bill Muehlenberg, who was born in America, lives in Melbourne, Australia. He runs a web-based ministry of pro-faith, pro-family activism called CultureWatch: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com. Bill is widely sought out by the media for comments on social issues, faith issues, and family issues, and has appeared on all the major television and radio news shows, current affairs shows, and debate programs. He is the author of In Defence of the Family; Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality, and several other books.

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