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Amazon Pulls Anti-Gay Books on Harmful ‘Conversion Therapy’ by NARTH Founder

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“I believe that all people are heterosexual, but that some have a homosexual problem,” Joseph Nicolosi told The New York Times in 2012. “I don’t believe anyone is really gay.”

Nicolosi, who died in 2017, was the founder of NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. A psychologist, Nicolosi advanced a fake, damaging, and dangerous practice called “conversion therapy,” which falsely claims to make gay people straight.

Some who have been recipients of “conversion therapy” have called it torture. Some have noted it made it impossible for them to have emotionally intimate relationships. And it has been linked to depression and even suicide.

Finally, Amazon has reportedly decided to no longer sell books by Nicolosi. A quick search of the company’s U.S. site found no books by him.

Business Insider cites “sustained pressure from activists” as the reason for pulling “a bunch” on books on conversion therapy.

One activist, in particular, was a driving force behind the removal of Nicolosi’s books, which was first reported by Gay Star News. UK-based Rojo Alan became aware of Nicolosi’s works after a local church planned to screen a film promoting conversion therapy, although the screening was later cancelled due to protests.

Just days after Nicolosi’s death, The New Republic published an article on the pseudo-scientist, “The Abominable Legacy of Gay-Conversion Therapy.”

It begins with the quotes above, noting some of his book titles: Healing Homosexuality and A Parents’ Guide to Preventing Homosexuality.

What Nicolosi offered was a way for homophobic parents, patients, and psychologists to validate their anti-gay feelings as being legitimated by nature, science, and psychological evidence. He established NARTH in 1992 alongside Benjamin Kaufman and Charles Socarides, two other obsessively anti-gay psychologists, explicitly in reaction to the removal of homosexuality from the DSM.

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Democratic Louisiana Governor Wins Re-Election in Massive Defeat for Trump

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Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards won re-election in a highly contested high dollar race against a candidate who spent at least $12 million of his own money and had President Donald Trump at his beck and call. Edwards beat Republican Eddie Rispone, who Trump had personally campaigned for three times in the state in the past five weeks, and had promoted repeatedly on Twitter.

Calling it a “hard loss” and “a stinging rebuke” for Trump, The New York Times notes the president’s multiple visits to campaign for Rispone were “an effort to lift the Republicans and demonstrate his own clout.”

Bel Edwards campaigned on his record, which included expanding badly-needed Medicare, raising taxes to help fix the state’s budget, and giving teachers a pay increase.

Governor Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, “repeatedly used short-term patches to eliminate financial shortfalls,” The Shreveport Times reported in January. “They raided savings accounts, drained trust funds, sold off state property and delayed bill payments to keep the budget in balance amid tax breaks that siphoned away more and more money from the treasury.”

Earlier this week in Louisiana President Trump campaigned for Rispone, but appeared to be more interested in framing the election as a vote of confidence for himself.

Trump had recently backed Kentucky Republican governor Matt Devin for re-election. He too went down in defeat.

In Virginia Republicans, despite Trump’s support, lost massively. Democrats took control of both the House and Senate, giving them control of the State Legislature and the Governor’s office for the first time since 1973.

Pollster Matt McDermott summed it up Saturday night:

 

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State Dept. Official Testified Sondland Spoke Graphically to Trump Telling Him Zelensky Would Do ‘Anything You Ask’

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

“David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump’s conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do ‘anything you ask him to,’ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to ‘do the investigation,’” CNN reported Friday.

“”Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” Holmes testified. “I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So, he’s gonna do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to.’”

“While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” Holmes testified.

CNN also reported, “Holmes also confirmed Taylor’s testimony about the President’s thoughts on Ukraine, saying he asked Sondland ‘if it was true that the President did not ‘give a sh*t about Ukraine.’”

Holmes opening was also obtained by The New York Times.

“The official, David Holmes, testified privately that he was at a restaurant in Ukraine’s capital when he heard Mr. Trump during a cellphone call loudly asking Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, if Ukraine’s president had agreed to conduct investigations into his political rivals. Mr. Sondland, who was in Kiev for meetings with top Ukrainian officials at the time, replied in the affirmative,” The Times reported.

“Mr. Sondland did not mention the episode to investigators last month when he answered their questions in private. He will almost certainly be asked about it next week when he appears for public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. He has already revised his initial testimony once, admitting to the panel last week that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country would probably not receive a package of nearly $400 million in security assistance unless it committed publicly to the investigations Mr. Trump sought,” the newspaper noted.

The details of the exchange are vivid.

“Mr. Holmes described sitting at a table in the restaurant with Mr. Sondland when the president called. The president was speaking so loudly, he said, that Mr. Sondland held the phone away from his ear and Mr. Holmes and others could hear Mr. Trump’s voice,” The Times reported.

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READ: White House Finally Releases Highly-Edited Summary of Trump’s First Call in April With Ukraine President

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The White House, days after President Donald Trump promised, has finally released what appears to be a highly-edited call summary of Trump’s first call with Ukraine President Zelensky. The document clearly states it is “not a verbatim transcript,” and indeed, took the White House three days longer than originally planned to release the document.

The call, according to the document, lasted 16 minutes, yet spans just three short pages.

It appears to have been released in conjunction with the start of the House’s second open impeachment testimony hearing.

Read it below.

WH releases transcript of T… by Fox News on Scribd

 

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