Truth Wins Out To Run Full-Page Ad Calling For Resignation Of Cardinal Francis George
Via press release:
- Truth Wins Out stepped up its campaign calling on Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George to resign today by placing a full-page ad in this upcoming Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. The ad is headlined, “Hey, Cardinal Francis George, Gay is not like the KKK,” and slams the Cardinal for foolishly comparing the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. It satirically includes a picture of a rainbow-robed Klansman and debunks the lies and misinformation disseminated by the Archbishop about the LGBT community. The ad comes as an online TWO petition calling on George to step down has reached more than 4,000 signatures. “We felt compelled to place this ad after Cardinal George compounded his initial smear with further insults disguised as an apology,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “It seems the sin of pride is keeping George from saying he is sorry for his outrageous and misleading remarks about Gay Pride. At this point, the only road to redemption is his resignation.”
Gay Group Truth Wins Out Has A Threat Of Its Own For Marcus “Ladybird” Bachmann
The Advocate reports:
If Marcus Bachmann really follows through with his threat to sic a collection agency on a gay rights group, he could have his Christian counseling clinic’s practices put on trial, promises the group’s lawyer.
“We consider your therapy and practices fraudulent,”wrote attorney Norm Kent in response to a demand that Truth Wins Out pay $150 for canceled appointments. The group had sent an undercover activist to Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic in July, armed with a hidden camera during sessions with a counselor who was caught appearing to offer so-called reparative therapy. The clinic is owned by Bachmann and his wife, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
The activist, John Becker, got a call this week from Marcus Bachmann himself demanding $150 in cancellation fees. Becker’s lawyer says the fees should be waived because Becker followed the official cancellation policy. Even so, Truth Wins Out says the services were fraudulent.
“We have concluded your services are dubious and questionable, not worthy of any billing at all,” Kent said in a letter today. “We consider your fees and charges part of a larger civil conspiracy to defraud vulnerable individuals.”
The lawyer argues that any claim by the Bachmanns’ clinic to offer “therapeutic” services equates to false advertising. And all of the major psychological associations concur that if reparative therapy is being offered, it actually damages the patient, the lawyer notes.
In other words, Truth Wins Out looks like it would embrace a legal fight in which it would try to further put Bachmann’s clinic on the defense.
“We will be interested in the civil discovery process” the letter mentions, insinuating the group would want to put Marcus Bachmann under oath.
“Please do not embarrass yourself or your firm further by attempting to collect a debt that you are not owed for a point you cannot make,” Kent says.
Marcus Bachmann had given Truth Wins Out until Friday to pay up. Now Kent is giving him 72 hours to back down, or Truth Wins Out threatens its own legal action.
Hidden Camera Finds Reparative Therapy at Bachmann’s Clinics
With this, it’ll be hard for these two already “Moron Of The Week” inductees, to deny their evil work against the LGBT Community in the name of religion.
The Advocate reports:
New evidence has surfaced that Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinics are actually in the business of so-called reparative therapy for gay people — a claim that he had denied.
His wife, Michele Bachmann, a top Republican candidate for president, had clearlyendorsed reparative therapy over the years by giving the welcome blessing at a Love Won Out conference in 2004 and by endorsing a book written by a woman who claims to be an ex-lesbian. But Marcus Bachmann had been coy about whether his team of approximately 20 therapists offer their help in supposedly turning gay people straight.
After giving a presentation called “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda” to a group of Minnesota pastors in 2005, Marcus Bachmann told a local newspaper, “if someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.” And that’s all anyone’s known about what happens to gay people at his clinics until now.
Truth Wins Out was formed in part to combat the myth that gays can be converted to straight, and it sent a hidden camera into Marcus Bachmann’s office with a man posing as a patient. On the tape, counselor Timothy Wiertzema reportedly assures that “It’s possible to be totally free of [same-sex attraction]. For sure.” He claims, “It’s happened! It really has happened to people.”
The undercover activist — John Becker — attended five sessions at the clinic. The plan of action by his therapist: “I really am going to recommend that we start working on how you can develop your attraction towards women.”
With these tapes, it will be hard for Marcus Bachmann to avoid accusations he performs reparative therapy, which is considered dangerous by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychiatric Association. What might also complicate the situation for Marcus Bachmann is his company’s acceptance of government funding.
“The facts plainly show that Bachmann’s clinic does try to cure gay people and he is being evasive when he claims otherwise,” said Wayne Besen, the group’s executive director.
The Nation was the first to report on the Truth Wins Out sting, and for its part, it found a patient who says he was the victim of an attempted conversion. Andrew Ramirez said his stepfather brought him to the clinic after he came out during high school.
Ramirez told The Nation that his counselor said “being gay was not an acceptable lifestyle in God’s eyes” and prescribed prayer and reading the Bible as part of a “cure.”
For the article written by John Becker himself about his experience, click here.
Truth Wins Out Launches Petition To Remove “Ex-Gay” App From iPhone
Truth Wins Out, the organization that fights the “ex-gay” movement, has launched a petition calling on Apple to remove Exodus International’s new iPhone app.
This new iPhone app is the latest move in Exodus’ dangerous new strategy of targeting youth. In light of the recent wave of LGBT youth suicides, this tactic is particularly galling as it creates, legitimizes, and fuels the ostracism of LGBT youth by their families. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their family were 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times as vulnerable to severe depression, and 3 times more likely to use drugs (Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State University, June 2009). Apple doesn’t allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a “sin that will make your heart sick” and a “counterfeit.” This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences. Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable. Stand with Truth Wins Out — demand that the iTunes store stop supporting homophobia and remove the Exodus app.