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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Letters to the Editor August 30, 2012

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  • Emotional manipulation
    The author of the Aug 2, "Don't spread ignorance, hatred," asks for a study about children in households with same-sex parents.
    I offer a July 2012 study by Prof. Mark Regnerus (Univ. of Texas) who examined 3,000 adult children who were raised by homosexuals or lesbians, and found that they suffered far more negative social, economic and emotional outcomes than children raised in intact normal families.
    In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) took homosexuality off the official list (DSM-II) of psychiatric disorders because of pressure tactics. This can be verified in chapter 4 of Dr. Ronald Bayer's (a pro-homosexual psychiatrist) book "Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis" (1981).
    He said the first attack by activists against the APA began in 1970 at its convention in San Francisco. At that time, activists decided to disrupt the conference by interrupting speakers and shouting down and ridiculing psychiatrists who viewed homosexuality as a mental disorder.
    In 1971, homosexual activist Frank Kameny worked with the Gay Liberation Front to demonstrate against the APA's convention. At the 1971 conference, Kameny grabbed the microphone and yelled, "Psychiatry is the enemy incarnate. Psychiatry has waged a relentless war of extermination against us. You may take this as a declaration of war against you."
    Meanwhile, homosexuals forged APA credentials and gained access to exhibit areas in the conference. There they threatened anyone who claimed that homosexuals needed to be cured. After much political pressure, a committee of the APA met behind closed doors in 1973 and voted to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM-II. Opponents of this effort were given 15 minutes to protest this change. (Compare that with the amount of years it is taking to get DSM-5 approved).
    In 1987, Kirk & Madsen produced the "six steps" in "Overhauling of Straight America" and its 1989 follow up, "After the Ball" — essentially the "bible" of the homosexual movement. Page 153 says: "We mean conversion of the average American's emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media." Among other things, the six steps deal with neutralizing "Joe Sixpack" and demonizing the religious right using the "bracket technique."
    In other words, the movement is not based on intellectual argument; only emotional manipulation of the public.
    —Phil Drietz
    Delhi
    With rights come responsibilites
    I love children and feel that society has a responsibility to help kids who need it. How do we balance this with people whose sole occupation appears to be reproduction?
    I read endless articles about families with needs, but almost all of them have children with multiple fathers and last names.
    Where are these fathers? Where is the responsibility of these mothers? They feel they have the "right" to be taken care of, but with rights comes the responsibility of birth control and being careful in choice.
    Page 2 of 2 - I'm not a "right" leaning nut, I'm just tired of society being expected to carry the responsibility for the choices of people who have none.
    —David Dvorak
    Montevideo
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