Homosexual advocates like Eve Tushnet, Fr. James Martin, and Kirsten Powers do not like what they derisively call “conversion therapy.”
They use the phrase to conjure up such horrors as boys strapped to tables being shown gay porn and getting electrical shocks. They use it to conjure up what they call “praying away the gay,” prison-like camps where boys are forced by unscrupulous religious hucksters to ask Jesus to make them “straight.”
Tushnet says the only purpose of “conversion therapy” is to turn “gays” into “straights” and that any attempt is unachievable, and even the attempt leads often to suicide. Tushnet has been pumping of late her new book, out in November, called Tenderness: A Gay Christian’s Guide to Unlearning Rejection and Experiencing God’s Extravagant Love, which will be about how mean the Church is to the same-sex attracted and how mean Catholics can be.