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  1. Timothy Kincaid
    September 20, 2011

    I’m wondering: what is a new alternative to healing? Festering? Rotting?

    When the choice is either healing or an alternative, I think I’d just stick with healing. And from what the mental health professionals tell us, recognizing realities about ones attractions and responding maturely to the expectations, assumptions, and even prejudices of others leads to healing.

  2. Timothy Kincaid
    September 20, 2011

    Littman’s cheerful essay is devoid of drama and regrets over his experience with ex-gay therapy. Indeed, he credits his coming out to many of the valuable things he learned there.

    I know that ex-gay therapy can be damaging and destructive to some. But for some who are at conflict over their religion and their orientation, therapy – any structured therapy – can be a process that leads to greater self understanding and a resolution to the conflict.

    And, as for many religious people the only possible considered therapy option would be one that does not affirm homosexuality, one of the unintended (but fortuitous) consequences of ex-gay therapy can be – for some – a happy, healthy ex-ex-gay homosexual.

  3. Ray Harwick
    September 20, 2011

    “He’bro” and “Jewskimo”. His humor certainly is intact.

  4. TampaZeke
    September 20, 2011

    I’ve never heard of Buddskimos either, but why would you? Buddhism doesn’t have anti-gay teachings or precepts. I’ve heard of a few Mormskimos though.

    The kids humor is disarming. He could be a very effective spokeskimo for ex-”ex-gay” people and a clear voice against the sham of the “ex-gay” industry.

  5. TampaZeke
    September 20, 2011

    Timothy, I was thinking the same thing. Did they think through their new name? Jews Offering New Alternatives to HEALING? Really? It seems to be a very counter-intuitive name for what they claim to do. If you’re gay, there’s an Alternative to Healing? I’m gonna need some more splainin on that one.

  6. TampaZeke
    September 20, 2011

    One of the best days of my life was when I found an alternative to Christianity and unlike “ex-gays” I’ve never had to struggle, not for one second, to maintain my ex-Christian status.

  7. William
    September 20, 2011

    Just a small point. I think JONAH now calls itself “Jews Offering New Alternatives FOR HEALING,” the acronym remaining the same.

  8. Timothy (TRiG)
    September 21, 2011
  9. jnsm
    September 21, 2011

    I’m sure Aish.com won’t post that article like it did with the ex-gay plant “David”.

  10. TampaZeke
    September 23, 2011

    When challenged to back up his statement with a teaching of the Buddha or a sutta (scripture) the Dalai Lama (who is just a monk) admitted that there were NO such teachings or suttas and that his statement was based on his personal opinion.

    So again I say, Buddhism has no anti-gay teachings or precepts only anti-gay individuals who happen to be Buddhists (some of them monks or lamas). But their homophobia is personal and not in any way backed up by any Buddhist scriptures.

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