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Spanish Bull

Jim Burroway

December 30th, 2007

Do you recognize this?

“Padre abraza tu hijo ahora que puedes, porque si no mañana quizá lo abrazará otro hombre.”

A Protestant minister in Spain, Marcos Zapata, made that statement at at seminar “How to Raise Heterosexual Children.” In English, it’s “Father hug your son now while you can, because if not, tomorrow another man will.” — a paraphrase of Joseph Nicolosi’s standard stump speech. Not only is NARTH going international, but it looks like Exodus International is living up to its name as well. This article indicates that Zapata has been well inculcated in the language of Exodus. Spanish gay rights activists have asked the Galicia regional government to investigate.

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Timothy Kincaid
December 30th, 2007 | LINK

At least he didn’t say to drop your kid on his head. Sigh.

I do, however, want to state that I am troubled by the efforts of some Spanish gay groups to silence the reorientation efforts. I recognize that other countries do not value freedoms of speech and religion in the same way that Americans do, but I do hope that this minister may continue to be allowed to preach his views, no matter how baseless they may be.

Patrick
December 31st, 2007 | LINK

If I remember correctly, Love Won Out held a conference in Spain last year. These groups are definitely going international, but they will not meet with the “success” they have in the USA, in my opinion anyway. Europeans generally aren’t as ready to accept the unscientific statements of our religious right.

Paul Mc
May 11th, 2011 | LINK

It pisses me off when Americans think they are the only ones who value freedom of speech and religion. Your precious 1st Amendment seems to have a chilling effect compared to the hard-won freedoms we Europeans value so highly IMO (such as the right to live equally).

Love Won Out in the UK would get a very noisy reception you can be sure and one of the main lines of attack is in fact Anti-discrimination and Human Rights legislation which incorporate the European Convention On Human Rights where freedoms are carefully articulated.

Your constitution is just words written by humans – it is as fallible as any human thing. It is does not result in a society noticeably freer than the one I live in.

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