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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

License to care

An interesting short news item in the paper:

A religious group that runs two facilities that counsel gays to give up homosexuality has sued the state in federal court, claiming Tennessee is violating the group's religious freedom by requiring a license to care for the mentally ill.

Is it just me, or is it odd that this is not a huge controversy? Here you have a government agency implying that homosexuality is a mental illness! Psychiatrists have long ago given up that assertion that homosexuality is a mental illness, so why is this state agency claiming it is so?

I of course don't know what the group (Love in Action) does, but I suspect it involves a lot of prayer and discussion. It's probably apparent that it's not caring for the mentally ill.


At 11:31 AM, Blogger Dave Justus said...

I suppose one could argue that any gay that thinks they want to be straight is a priori mentally ill....

At 1:50 PM, Blogger honestpartisan said...

Funny, DJ!

I didn't read the article (I don't think you linked to it), but my read of it is somewhat different from yours. I read it that this is a ministry that tries to "cure" homosexuality, and in addition to that they wanted a license to administer care to the mentally ill. Probably noting the quackery involved in their enterprise, the Tennessee authorizing agency denied them a license, precipitating the lawsuit. So I don't think that a government agency is saying that homosexuality is a mental illness so much as this scenario (I could be wrong, not having seen any of the papers, but that's my surmise).

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Sorry, I didn't notice I forgot a title for this post, so the link to the article wasn't there.

I don't know the full details of this story, since it is in one of those boxes with short story blurbs.


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