Baptists Promote Ex-Gay Therapy
Comment posted regarding Tennessean article Baptists reach out to gays, to make them 'ex-gays
"Of course you're correct. God is clear about sin and repentance. The perverted ones would have all of Christ's Words regarding sin removed from Scripture. If they are so dysfunctional that they cannot function on a fundamental human level, why should we expect their cognitive reasoning abilities to be normal, in other areas? Based on some of the comments they post and the rationales they use on this forum alone, they are not."
There were several major reasons why the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its DSM listing of psychological disorders, and other medical and mental health organizations quickly followed suit. These two relate to your remark:
First, if we give randomly selected groups of gays and straights a whole battery of psychological and cognitive tests, then give them anonymously to a panel of diagnosticians, there's no way the panel can tell which group is which. Sure, both groups will have members with psychological problems of various kinds, but there's no recognizable pattern of differences that would distinguish between the two groups.
Testing is designed to help the clinician determine the specifics of a person's mental disorder so the proper treatment can be prescribed. Changes in testing results later show how successful the treatment has been. Here we have no differences between gays and straights to guide us and how would these tests tell us that the "treatment" is successful when the before and after test results are the same???
The logical conclusion is that homosexuality is not a mental disorder in the first place.
Second, a disorder implies an impairment in a person's ability to function successfully in routine areas of their life. Research comparing gays and straights who are adjusted to their sexuality find that gays can lead the same healthy, happy, productive lives as anyone else. There are no impairments to their abilities simply because they are gay. Hence, being gay is not a disorder.
Those who promote change for members of the GLBT community imply that such change would be "for the better." Yet we see that gays who accept their sexuality as it is are no worse off than their straight counterparts. "Better" is a wholely religious judgement in this context. It has no basis in scientific reality.
The theraputic approach to related problems that gays have is to help them learn to cope with their innate sexuality in an often hostile environment. So you might see why there may be some animousity between mental health professionals and those who add to the problem by calling gays such things as "dysfunctional perverts."