ON this week's 1984 theme comes the report that there's a conference advocating techniques for men and women to be cured of their homosexuality. It's being organised by the Anglican Mainstream Organisation, a group which seeks to preserve the conservative tenets of Christianity.
Apparently, a recent study found that a sixth of Britain’s registered therapists and psychiatrists have been asked to cure homosexual patients, and the main speaker at the conference will be Joseph Nicolosi, of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.
Mr Nicolosi advocates and practices reparative therapy, which rehabilitates patients with unwanted homosexual feelings in order to return them to mainstream society. He believes he can "cure" homosexuality, and claims that being gay is the result of a problem in childhood and can be treated. He has a 66% success rate.
The Orwell element of the story is that is that the Church of England has condemned the conference saying that it will "distress" gay people and may cause offence. How could offering a cure for those who seek help with an illness, cause any distress? The only distress will be to those who seek to promote homosexuality as a political tool to undermine the family values in society.
Nick Griffin was brilliant on The Report on Radio 4 last night. For the BBC, it was a very fair programme and will do us no harm whatsoever.
Last night's election results were nothing to shout about but our effort in Erewash was a solid performance. The local Labour Party activists here deserve a mention for achieving an incredible result and their efforts no doubt trimmed a few percentage points off our vote. Also, apparently we missed the postal vote campaign which will have accounted for another couple of percentage points lost, so all-in-all it's a result we can live with.
It's a truncated blog this morning as I'm under the cosh with Freedom.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Posted by Martin Wingfield at 09:00