To the editor:
The July 18, 2012 "Don't buy same sex marriage sales pitch" letter was interesting.
The "pitch" probably got it's biggest boost in 1973, when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) took homosexuality off the official list (DSM-II) of psychiatric disorders because of pressure tactics. This can be verified in Chapter 4, of Dr. Ronald Bayer's, (a pro-homosexual psychiatrist) book, Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis. (1981)
He said the first attack by activists against the APA began in 1970 at its convention in San Francisco. At that time activists decided to disrupt the conference by interrupting speakers and shouting down and ridiculing psychiatrists who viewed homosexuality as a mental disorder.
In 1971, homosexual activist Frank Kameny worked with the "Gay Liberation Front" to demonstrate against the APA's convention. At the 1971 conference, Kameny grabbed the microphone and yelled, "Psychiatry is the enemy incarnate. Psychiatry has waged a relentless war of extermination against us. You may take this as a declaration of war against you."
Meanwhile, homosexuals forged APA credentials and gained access to exhibit areas in the conference. There they threatened anyone who claimed that homosexuals needed to be cured. After much political pressure, a committee of the APA met behind closed doors in 1973 and voted to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM-II. Opponents of this effort were given 15 minutes to protest this change. (Compare that with the amount of years it is taking to get DSM-5 approved).
In 1987, Kirk & Madsen produced the "six steps" in "Overhauling of Straight America" and it's 1989 follow up, "After the Ball" -essentially the "bible" of the homosexual movement. Page 153 says: "We mean conversion of the average American's emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media." Among other things, the six steps deal with neutralizing "Joe Sixpack" and demonizing the religious right using the "bracket technique." In other words, the movement is not based on intellectual argument; only emotional manipulation of the public.
In 2005, the American Psychological Assoc. said "not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents." But a July 2012 study by Prof. Mark Regnerus (Univ. of Texas) examined 3000 adult children who were raised by homosexuals or lesbians, and found that they suffered far more negative social, economic and emotional outcomes than children raised in intact normal families.
It's unfortunate that some church denominations have also fallen for the "sales pitch."