Chris Christie is Going to Hell.

NJ governor signs ban on gay conversion therapy

On Monday, Chris Christie signed a bill into law that makes gay conversion therapy for teenagers illegal, joining the state of California in a rejection of the roundly debunked claim that homosexuality is something that can be “treated” or “cured”. (I think the title is misleading; as far as I’m aware it focuses on teenagers going through therapy, not adults.)

The governor said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, as identified by the American Psychological Association, trump concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice. “Government should tread carefully into this area,” he said in the signing note, “and I do so here reluctantly.”

The notion of “parental freedom” should be chucked out the window when bad science is involved.  Vaccination?  Mandatory if you want your kid to be able to attend school.  Is your child seriously ill?  Stop praying over them or handing them homeopathic crap and get their asses to a hospital.  Is your kid gay?  Well, you may not like it but the American Psychological Association has determined that it’s not a mental illness, nor is it harmful in any way.  You can feel free to beat them over the head with a bible, but you’re not going to get any help from the medical community on this one.

In signing the ban, Christie reiterated his belief that people are born gay and homosexuality is not a sin, a position he first stated in a 2011 interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual acts are sins.

Christie said on “issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards,” citing a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression, drug abuse and suicide.

“I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate,” he said.

The article describes his move as an example of “steering a moderate course” in preparation for a likely run for president in 2016 … whereas I and anyone else with a handful of functional synapses should see it as nothing more than “rejecting pseudoscientific bullshit”.  Obviously politicians have to play nice to everyone – especially those who pay their bills come election season – but acting as though people have a point when they shriek incoherently about the evils of evolution and gay marriage just ends up giving power to the most dangerously ignorant and paranoid demographics in this country.  Unfortunately, winning GOP primaries is all about throwing these folks enough red meat to keep them happy … and then hoping you can backpedal enough during the general election to appear credible.

Well, for as much as I want to kick this guy in the ass some days, I still think his head is on straight enough to know when to stop pandering to the lunatic fringe.  For as much as I’d like to see someone like him get more traction within the GOP, I’m not going to hold my breath.

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9 Responses to Chris Christie is Going to Hell.

  1. Dan Adler says:

    “I think the title is misleading; as far as I’m aware it focuses on teenagers going through therapy, not adults.”

    Correct. This bill only applies to teens and younger. The idea being that folks at that age have no choice and are forced to undergo this “therapy”, whereas adults can choose for themselves (and many do).

    “homosexuality is not a sin, a position he first stated in a 2011 interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual acts are sins.”

    I’ve see/heard that quote on every news outlet lately, and I can’t figure it out. The Catholic church says, quite clearly, that homosexuality, as such, is not a sin. So Christie is quite correct there. Yes, the church says that homosexual ACTS are sin, but Christie didn’t say anything about the acts themselves, just the orientation. So with that, he is directly in line with church teaching.

    • Creativerealms says:

      Which in of itself is a bigger problem. It’s not a sin to be homosexual but it is a sin to act on it? That’s really a half assed attempt to seem more open minded while changing nothing.

    • You’re right, and I think a lot of that is just laziness on the part of the media. The church makes the distinction, even though I end up agreeing with CreativeRealms’s interpretation that it’s a nice way to sound open minded while not really doing anything useful.

  2. I’m warming up to Christie.

    We need a lot of reform in the way we fund campaigns, obviously, so that candidates aren’t tied to these special interests. I know people keep saying that, but nothing seems to change.

    I thought all students had to be immunized in order to attend public school–at least that’s what they say here. Perhaps I’ve missed the exemption for religious reasons. Regardless, why would you not want to take advantage of the available immunizations and protect your kid? Strange.

    And I think you left something out here: “Is your child seriously?”

    • Ah … that was supposed to read “seriously ill?”. Thanks.

      Oregon still allows exemptions, though it did make the requirements a little more strict in that parents have to watch an educational video and speak with a doctor about the consequences of their actions. Not that it will do any good, but at least the government will then say they did what they could under the existing law. There are still too make people out there who don’t immunize their kids because they think it’s either against the will of God or a sure-fire way to cause autism. Sadly, nothing short of having one of their own children die from a preventable disease will change their minds.

      • And, apparently, even the death of a child (or two) doesn’t persuade some.

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        • Personally I think the best way to the current “skeptics” would be to have some of the parents who later realized their mistake after their child fell ill or died as a result of their not vaccinating them. I wrote something a while back about at least one family like this, and their minds were forever changed. They would probably be in the best position to reach these other families before they lose a loved one as well.

  3. “Well, for as much as I want to kick this guy in the ass some days, I still think his head is on straight enough to know when to stop pandering to the lunatic fringe. For as much as I’d like to see someone like him get more traction within the GOP, I’m not going to hold my breath.”

    Couldn’t have put it better myself. I disagree with Christie on a LOT of things, but at least he seems to be reasonably thoughtful and rational.

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