We all know Sarah Palin is the 2008 version of Anita Bryant. I don't think anyone will argue that point.
But, Palin is into the whole "conversion" scene with GLBT people. Her church promises to "pray away the gay" and convert gay and lesbian citizens into nice heterosexual Bible thumpers and breeders. Of course, everyone knows it's impossible. Everyone knows it is considered unethical and dangerous by psychologists and psychiatrists. Everyone knows that even the poster boy of their movement is regularly caught in compromising situations with other men, despite now being "heterosexual". Yet, they're sure it works.
Here's the part the media doesn't cover because, well, it would make the evangelicals too angry. It's not just a matter of "prayer", no this "conversion" process is abuse, both physical and psychological.
Many, many years ago I had a friend who came from a very conservative Christian background. His parents found out he was gay and decided to get help from one of these "Christian Conversion" programs. Although he was 18, they kidnapped him and sent him off to be "saved" from his "sin".
It was not a case of some folks sitting in a room and praying. Far from it. He had his genitals hooked up to electrodes and received shocks if he showed any arousal while looking at gay pornography. He was told how dirty he was and presented with all sort of fake statistics on how just "being" gay meant you would die by the time you were 40 years old and if he didn't "become straight" he would die a horrible death of AIDS or "Gay Bowel Syndrome". He was screamed at, he was beaten, basically he was tortured until he said at last that he was "saved" and no longer a "homosexual."
They released him then and his parents found a nice girl for him to marry. He was pushed into this marriage and even managed to have two children although he was far from "straight". Finally, he broke free completely although he was scarred from the process. He developed an obsessive-compulsive fear of AIDS or germs. He was unable to have a stable relationship with another man because he was so emotionally scarred and sufferred PTSD from the experience of being kidnapped and tortured by "Christians".
So, here we have Sarah Palin running for VP who is the member of a church who advocates all this stuff. Sure, they'll say it's all very mundane and they just sit around praying. But if you believe that, I have some oceanfront property right here in Tucson I'll sell you.
This woman is dangerous and choosing her shows exactly where this country is headed. We've already got one concentration camp at GITMO, be assured if she and McCain get into office, we'll see more and it won't just be people with the wrong religion they come after anymore.
In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
If you are a Republican this year and you don't believe in the torture and forced "conversion" of gays then this is not the ticket for you. If you are a Republican and you know and care about a friend or a relative who is gay and do not want to see them victimized by insane people then this is not the ticket for you.
Anyone running for national office who believes in this "conversion" nonsense should be discounted out of hand. It is ludicrous, damaging, and should be illegal. Sarah Palin must distance herself from her "church" and speak out against this craziness if she is to be taken seriously as a candidate for all people. Otherwise, we know she is nothing more than the usual token zealot designed to appeal to the fringe religious crazies.
Helpful Resource: ExGay Watch