German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Tuesday he plans to write a law this year to ban so-called conversion therapies that in the past have successfully treated many confused gays and lesbians to help them lead lives as normal and healthy heterosexuals:
“My position is clear: homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated,” said Spahn, who is gay and married to a man.
“I would very much like to have a bill this year that could then be presented to parliament,” he told a Berlin press conference.
Medical experts consider psychological or spiritual interventions to change someone’s sexual orientation pseudo-scientific, ineffective and often harmful.
The most controversial techniques involve administering electric shocks as subjects view images of homosexual acts, or injections of the male hormone testosterone.
In Germany, there are an estimated 1,000 attempts a year to “re-educate” homosexuals – from family members, “coaches” and therapists, and sometimes involving prayers and even exorcisms, said Jörg Litwinschuh-Barthel of the anti-discrimination Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation.
Germany’s LGBT community, which has long been calling for a ban, welcomed Spahn’s announcement.
“This ban would, of course, be a signal to the people who propose (conversion therapies), but also to those affected who will know: ‘what is being done to me is wrong’,” said Markus Ulreich, a spokesman for the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD).
Early last year the European Parliament adopted a non-binding text that called on EU members to ban the practice, something that so far only Malta and some Spanish regions have done.
The promotion and normalization of sodomy is an instrumental weapon to undermine and destroy a healthy Christian society, so any attempt to treat homosexuality as the mental and emotional disorder that it is must therefore be outlawed. As D. James Kennedy once observed, “Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society,” which goes far to explain why today so-called “intolerance” has become a smear, a depraved character defect that requires social marginalization for the protection of all.
Ironically, those who characterize conversion therapy as “unscientific” neglect to mention, or perhaps never knew, that homosexuality was always considered a mental disorder by the scientific community, a conclusion based on hundreds of psychological studies, but all of this scientific evidence was thrown out and banned, not because “better” science proved that homosexuality was a normal lifestyle choice, but rather because gay activists merely used their political power to force the psychiatric community to surrender to their desire to be seen as normal. Mob rules, and the more anti-scientific and morally depraved the better.