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October 18, 2005

Time magazine loose with the truth

From WorldNetDaily...

In its Oct. 10 cover story, "The battle over gay teens," Time fails to disclose that its reporter, John Cloud, is himself homosexual, nor does Cloud mention until near the end of his lengthy report that the key researcher on which the entire story is based is also homosexual....

Cloud's key expert throughout the Time cover story is Ritch Savin-Williams, chairman of Cornell University's human development department and author of a new book called "The New Gay Teenager." Not until near the close of the article does Cloud slip in the fact that Savin-Williams is "a 56-year-old gay man with a slightly elfish mien." 

Cloud's piece is particularly derisive of reparative therapy – psychiatric, psychological and religious efforts to help homosexuals change their sexual orientation. "It's important to note," Cloud asserts, "that nearly all mental-health professionals agree that trying to reject one's homosexual impulses will usually be fruitless and depressing." 

But Stephen Bennett, a high-profile ex-gay, says, "This article is filled with tons of misinformation, mocking of Bible-believing Christians, of people who have come out of homosexuality such as myself and who are happily married now."

From NARTH...

In past Time articles, Cloud has promoted gay political attacks against the Boy Scouts, portrayed transgender activists as a new oppressed minority group; wrote approvingly of anonymous gay sex orgies for an alternative newspaper in Washington, DC; and earlier had penned a guide to gay bathhouses in Washington, DC.

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a NARTH Scientific Advisory Committee member wrote a letter to Time magazine to dispute Cloud's claims about the rate of suicide and mental illness among gay teens. Fitzgibbons wrote:

The Time writer of the gay teen article and the president of the APA have done a serious disservice to teens, their parents and educators by ignoring the well designed research studies on suicide and mental illness in those with same sex attractions.

Two well designed major studies of young people with same sex attractions published in the Archives of General Psychiatry revealed they were over 6 times as likely to have attempted suicide, 4 times as likely as their peers to suffer major depression, almost three times as likely to suffer generalized anxiety disorder, nearly 4 times as likely to experience conduct disorder, 5 times as likely to have nicotine dependence, 6 times as likely to suffer multiple disorders.

 From Agape Press...

As head of Stephen Bennett Ministries (SBM), the Christian spokesman works to combat the kind of misleading, pro-homosexual propaganda he sees in the Time article. SBM believes no one is born homosexual; that unnatural homosexual attractions tragically develop early on in the childhood; and that homosexuality can be overcome by dealing biblically with the root causes of same-sex attraction. As an educational organization, SBM works to raise awareness of the truth about homosexuality and to inform the church and the public about the dangers of misinformation being promoted by homosexual activists.

Bennett offers himself as proof that people can find freedom from unwanted same-sex attraction through a relationship with Christ. "I am happily married to my wife of over 12 years, have two beautiful little children, and don't struggle with this whatsoever," he says. The former homosexual turned ministry leader sees Time's article on homosexual teens as another attempt to obscure the truth and promote lies about the inherency and immutability of the lifestyle. "And this is very tragic," he says.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 18, 2005 04:43 AM

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