In my lifetime homosexual behavior went from being considered illegal behavior that was caused by a mental illness to now being considered so normal that it is unconstitutional to outlaw such behavior. Now, in Spain, it is apparently illegal to even consider it a mental disorder that can be “cured.” From Breitbart:
“An investigation has been opened into this clinic,” a spokeswoman for the regional government’s health department told AFP.
“We do not consider homosexuality as an illness, far from it.”
“She said the clinic could face fines if the month-long probe concludes that such treatments are being carried out.”
“A gays and lesbian rights association in Catalonia, the CGL, hailed the decision of the regional authorities.”
“It is totally unacceptable, in the 21st century, that health professional are trying to treat homosexuality,” CGL secretary general Antonio Guirado said in a statement. “You cannot treat something that is not an illness.”
I don’t want to get into a big debate about whether or not homosexual behavior is caused by mental issues, or whether it can be “cured” (obviously it can be, in my opinion, if the person wishing to be “cured” really is motivated). What strikes me is that those who claim that it isn’t abnormal won’t even permit those who hope that it can be “cured” to even try!
Imagine if we outlawed any attempts to cure oneself of smoking or drinking alcohol or other types of drug addictions. Imagine if the reply was, “Sorry, there is nothing abnormal about such addictions, and we will “investigate” (and try to silence) anyone who attempts to “cure” such individuals of their physical behavior. We don’t care if some individuals do want to be cured of such behavior. Their wanting a cure suggests that we engage in behavior that needs to be “cured.” That makes us uncomfortable. We drunks and addicts do not want to feel uncomfortable. Therefore, we demand that all other drunks and addicts refrain from attempting to be cured. And those of you out there attempting to help cure them? Stop immediately, or you will be investigated!”
Whatever the “cause” of homosexual behavior, nobody can deny that it is often accompanied by a destructive lifestyle (promiscuity, unprotected sex, etc.) that can lead to vastly increased risk of contracting diseases, some of which can kill. Those who wish to escape such a lifestyle have should have the right to try.
I am sensitive to those who have loved ones who are homosexuals and who do not wish to be classified as having a “curable disease.” But what about those who have loved ones who would dearly love to be “cured” of what they believe to be their destructive behavior? What about their rights?
At worst, the attempts to “cure” them of their behavior fail, and they are out some time and money. At best, some will be “cured” and will with help and prayer refrain from such behavior. The fact that not all are “cured” is not an argument to outlaw such attempts. Otherwise, Alcoholics Anonymous and every drug rehab joint in the world should be shut down.
This is about freedom of choice. And it illustrates how Gestapo-like those on the left are that they will not even allow contrasting ideas to be explored without efforts to “investigate” those who promote such ideas. If that does not scare the bejesus out of you, then you aren’t thinking about it deeply enough.