Suppressed sexuality or “pray the gay away” can lead to self harm behavior in youth from some Christian Science Homes facing family and religious rejection.

 

Perhaps the most significant discussion of same-gender sexuality at Principia in this period came in the aftermath of a Christian Science lecture.   Jill Gooding C.S.B., a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, gave a Church sanctioned lecture at Principia College [1990’s]. In her opening remarks she quoted Mrs. Eddy: ‘In C.S. mere opinion is valueless’ (S&H 341:11) and reportedly told everyone ‘Homosexuality is something that needs to be healed.’  All Bible quotes against homosexuality were brought out.”

Christian Science: Its encounter with gay/lesbian America, page 172

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I suspect you (Jill Gooding) have been loving to gay members but still approached them as in need of healing for being gay or lesbian which would make them feel less than acceptable as if they are broken and in need of being fixed.  

Name Withheld, CS

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When you take something that is natural and block a positive expression of that desire people then start looking for an outlook for that appetite in unhealthy ways.  This can lead to self hatred including self harm behavior, depression, substance abuse and suicide.  

UCLA experts showed that healthy homosexuals who are in a healthy and affirmative environment have a tendency to do just fine and are not pathological. 

The problem comes in when at an early young age our youth are outed or taught that being gay is abnormal and sinful and face family and religious rejection.  Some are “driven to utter destitution” by being kicked out of their homes at an early age and end up homeless on the streets.

Church, family and society then labels them “less than” or “unequal” and the child has little to no resources or emotional equipment to fight those labels.  This results in spiritual abuse and repression which can have a disastrous impact on their mental health and well being.  This can lead to a travesty of behaviors. 

But this has begun to change in some families, churches and societies that are slowly beginning to be more welcoming of  LGBT people as evidenced in the NPR discussion below by at least opening and encouraging a dialogue with the LGBT community and their churchs.

Thus diversity comes in and says lets celebrate our differences as we are all more alike than not.

Perhaps this is one of the missions of your blog, to help and intervene with trustworthy guidance, as there has not been anything like it before when youth needed it during their most desperate hour of need.  

Some were even lost along the way as demonstrated in yesterdays movie clip from “Prayers for Bobby”.  A result of these false labels placed on a child by the family and Church is a lie that needs to be uncovered and expunged.  The youth need to know they were born perfect.  

Reparative therapy is not only dangerous but it’s hate speech even when utilized in Christian Science homes which can have disastrous consequences as evidenced by the suicide and suicide attempts even within the CS movement.

I agree that those antigay articles are nothing more than a form of hate speech and have done more harm by bullying our LGBT youth and adults in the name of Mrs. Eddy and God.

I also can’t find anything in Mrs. Eddy writings supporting them either.

So remember, a child is listening!  

Name Withheld

Former Employee of TMC/Christian Science Monitor/BA

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Mon, May 15 2017 11 a.m. (ET)
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