Ex-Gay Movement Gaining Ground in Europe

Jim Burroway

August 8th, 2011

So says the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle:

In the Bavarian city of Munich, for example, the Union of Catholic Physicians in Germany recently angered gay and lesbian rights groups by announcing it had found a cure for homosexuality.

“I don’t want to discriminate against anyone, but I can’t just say that it’s politically correct to keep my mouth shut and say that everything is normal,” said Gero Winkelmann, the organization’s director. “These people have a sick tendency.”

The treatment options for gays that Winkelmann, a general practitioner with no credentials in psychotherapy, published on his association’s website include homeopathy, psychotherapy and prayer.

LGBT advocates have identified “a handful” of groups offering to help pray away the gay, which appears now to be a scientifically accepted treatment program according to the Union of Catholic Physicians.

David Roberts

August 8th, 2011

It would seem that knowing the nature and reputation of the “Union of Catholic Physicians in Germany” is necessary to put this into context. I know nothing about them. Are they seen as a legitimate authority there or are they like say, the splinter group “American College of Pediatricians” here?

Boo

August 8th, 2011

If they’re pushing homeopathy I doubt they’re a serious scientific organization. I drink water practically every day and it’s never made me feel less lesbianish.

Ben in Atlanta

August 8th, 2011

Hey Boo, bottle it and sell it to gay men as “Man” water. Why pass up a marketing opportunity?

Homeopathy, like everything else works in the mind of the believer. Substance is irrelevant, it’s consciousness. It’s powered by the user.

That may be why it works for some and not for others. Take a closer look at placebos.

Rob

August 8th, 2011

I suspect that those ‘physicians’ have ties to the neo-nazi movement.

Willy

August 8th, 2011

David Roberts: The “Union of Catholic Physicians in Germany” (Bund katholischer Ärzte) has about 350 members. It was founded in 2004 under the name “Kreis Katholischer Ärzte München” (Roundtable of Catholic Doctors in Munich).

2009’s budget was about 6300 euros:
http://www.bkae.org/index.php?id=844

Apparently they’re having their 15 minutes of international fame right now.

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