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Chris Christie’s ‘Deeply Religious Sex Cult’?

by David Badash on August 30, 2013

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Opinion,Politics,Religion

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie is a progressive who is apparently, unwittingly, leading a “deeply religious sex cult determined to exterminate Christian mores, attack religious liberties, and suppress free speech,” according to the latest screed by a radical religious right-wing conservative writer. Christie, you and even he will be shocked to learn, has “put New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia,” because he recently signed a law banning so-called “ex-gay” therapy for minors. All this comes from the radical religious right-wing conservative writer Fay Voshell at the dubiously-monikered American Thinker, in her latest op-ed, “Conversion Therapy Law Threatens Christians.”

The American Thinker, by the way, has also published actual well-known radical right wing conservatives (as opposed to Voshell, of whom practically no one has heard), like hate mongers Ann Coulter and Michael Savage. Savage’s “work” is so savage that the good people of the United Kingdom have barred him from entering their fine country since 2009, for allegedly “seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred.” Ann Coulter’s “work” is so savage the mere sound of her voice — or name — sends shivers akin to nails on a blackboard down many people’s spines.

For her part, Voshell likens the ban on “conversion therapy” to Islam’s ban on allowing its (un)faithful to convert to Christianity. As is well-known, so-called “ex-gay,” “reparative,” or “conversion” therapies — as part of the larger group of antediluvian and draconian sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) — have been deemed psychologically harmful and ineffective by every major medical organization. No word yet on any potential psychological harm caused by conversion from one religion to another.

Governor Christie “expressly forbade conversion from the prevailing progressive religion, whose chief doctrine is that sexual behavior, including the homoerotic behavior of some children, is a sacred, infallible, and therefore unchangeable indicator of what human identity entails,” Voshell curiously claims.

And by the way, for the record, kids who happen to be gay are not exhibiting “homoerotic behavior;” they’re gay.

Governor Christie, you’ll remember, is a Republican and a Roman Catholic who has vetoed a same-sex marriage bill overwhelmingly passed by the state legislature, vetoed his own gun control bills, and is far more conservative than his Hurricane Sandy friendship with President Obama suggests.

“We can suspect that the real goal is to make sure no one other than progressive high priests of sex counsel youngsters about sexuality,” Voshell claims. Really? “Progressive high priests of sex”? Who would that even be? Lady Gaga? Madonna? Miley Cyrus? Dear lord!

“The unstated companion goal is the elimination of Christian and other conservative therapists from the profession,” Voshell says. Unstated, as in, stated no where because that is not a real goal.

“The law ensures that if your kid has expressed homoerotic feelings, he will get a progressive high priest as his or her counselor — one who reinforces homoeroticism. There will be no licensed therapist who shares your religious views, because Christian therapists will lose their licenses.”

“Christian therapists will lose their licenses,” if, when, and only when they — like anyone else — practice bad medicine.

The obvious question here, of course, is why any child who is LGBT or questioning their sexuality actually needs a therapist in the first place to somehow right a “wrong”? Kids in new Jersey who come out don’t automatically go to a shrink. Perhaps if their parents are people like Voshell, they need help and support, but not the children, any more than they would if they “revealed” they were left handed, or red-haired, or liked chocolate.

“Why would conversion therapy laws imperil the liberty of churches to preach the Christian gospel?,” Voshell asks. “Because conversion to Jesus Christ entails conversion from lifestyles in opposition to what Christians see as against the commands of God.” Well that’s nice, but it’s amazing someone of Voshell’s age has never heard of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Progressivism, among other things, is really a competing religion, a sex cult founded on the tenets of the sexual revolution — a religion with its own doctrines and liturgies,” Voshell continues:

“Howl” is the progressive equivalent of the Apostles’ Creed, and homoeroticism the mark of a youth liberated from conventional mores. “Coming out” is almost a holy ritual, very nearly the equivalent of a bar mitzvah or first communion in the Jewish and Christian faiths. Nothing should be permitted to interfere with those first sexual stirrings of youth. Certainly no therapist should attempt to “convert” any youth experiencing attraction to the same sex to heterosexuality. That would be abusive.

Churches need to wake up and see the implications of the new “conversion therapy” laws. They need to see that they are up against a deeply religious sex cult determined to exterminate Christian mores, attack religious liberties, and suppress free speech. If they don’t rise up to resist the inroads of radical progressivism, if they do not take measures to protect Christian therapists, pastors, and youth leaders, the Church will be increasingly be sidelined. The Church risks being eventually banned altogether from attempts to convert people to Christianity — just as in Saudi Arabia.

In “How Chris Christie Is Leading A ‘Sex Cult’ And Turning New Jersey Into Gay Saudi Arabia,” Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch calls Voshell’s piece a “doozy.”

I call it garbage.

One last note. Voshell’s bio says that she “holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, which awarded her the Charles Hodge Prize for excellence in systematic theology.” A lengthy web search could find no evidence of the existence of the “Charles Hodge Prize for excellence in systematic theology,” or any “Charles Hodge Prize” at all, sans references in Voshell’s own bio. We searched Google and the Princeton Theological Seminary, with no other results. A call to the Princeton Theological Seminary netted an “I’ve never heard of that,” and we were asked to call another day.

Voshell did not immediately respond to our email requesting proof. We’ll be happy to update this article with any clarification, should any reputable results come forth. As for Voshell’s nonsense about “conversion therapy,” well, what more can possibly be said?


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James_M_Martin August 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Christie has his blind spots, e.g. position on abortion, but I must hand it to him, he knows a confidence game when he sees one and wanted to put a stop to the dubious "science" of behavior modification that is "reparative therapy." The phrase suggests its own absurdity. If something is not broken you do no repair it. Obviously, Christie has accepted the fact that the sexual minorities are "born that way." The nature argument won out where he is concerned. The nurturists are quick to condemn based mostly on their back-up position, that someone known as "God" says same-sexual orientation is an abomination. If one is as one is because born that way, one cannot possibly be repaired (or "converted," which actually may be a more honest word for the "therapy," implying its religious overtones).

Perhaps Cristie paid close attention to the heat that the con job got when attention was focused on the Bachmanns, a scandal, really, in that Michelle helped Marcus cadge the shekels from Medicaid to pay for R.T. even as she criticized "big government" and use of taxpayer money to fund things repugnant to fundamentalist religion. In a lot of ways, Christie is an old-fashioned libertarian conservative (not to be confused with the type of libertarian conservativism promulgated by the tea party and their darling, Ayn Rand Paul). Christie believes in staying out of peoples' bedrooms, although, as said, his position on abortion leaves much to be desired. I might even be inclined to vote for him when he runs for the top job, but there is no chance of that: as a Repub, his party will not let him be nominated. End of story.

BJLincoln August 31, 2013 at 12:41 am

He can't run because the Party won't let him.
The Party wants to kick out members for being pro-equal marriage.
The Party is anti-women, LGBT's and immigrants. Period. ( stomp foot )
The Party refuses to compromise and high jacked the government.
The Party's abuse of the filibuster is historic!
The Party rubs elbows with and supported by SPLC designated Hate Groups steeped in religion.

I have mixed feelings about Christie but as long as he wants to be part of that party, I don't see him getting very far. I don't think he has been true to his real feelings when he vetoed equal marriage. It was political. For the Party.
Why anyone would want to be part of this Party?

TedTrent August 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I grew up in a Southern Baptist and Pentecostal church. Thank you Jesus that government is stepping into families that are ABUSING children by placing them in these type of concentration camps designed to destroy children's lives. Parents place their children into these concentration camps because they are embarrassed as parents. But they don't understand, not everything is ABOUT THEM. This is their child finding the beautiful sexuality God has placed in their souls. Thank you Jesus! As my church would have told me growing up, "we need to obey the laws of the land congregation." Get on-board churches, now it's the law. Stop mentally abusing your children. If you do, they'll take them away from you. If God didn't want that, he wouldn't have made it the LAW. Stop obeying God's law. Honor the President and other government officials that have been ordained by God. Do you not have the faith of the mustard seed? Grow up. Educate yourselves. And stop playing God and take care of your children. If you don't, they will be REMOVED from your care. Stop trying to be the Jone's. Guess what, they Jone's have a gay kid too.

Mykelbarber August 31, 2013 at 11:51 pm

These so called Christians such as Voshell really hate when people think for themselves and don't fall in line an suck on her authoritarian teat of lies. It's a wonder anyone pays these nuts one second of attention.

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