A 2013 video featuring a psychologist has been making the social media and email rounds again, and many agree with what psychologist Umar Abdullah Johnson is saying about the “black, gay phenomenon.”
Mothers are blamed for most of what ails their children. I call it theSigmund Freud effect and the doctor is using it here to explain why so many black men are “going gay” these days.
Dr. Abdullah Johnson, a certified psychologist, child therapist and founder of the National Movement to Save Black Boys, feels strongly about empowering the black community, especially young black men. Much is clear after one listens to his many impassioned speeches on the need for fathers and mothers to take an active role in their children’s lives, but is his analysis of why some are gay dangerously flawed?
The belief that homosexuality is a learned behavior that can be reversed is held by some evangelicals and conservatives as well.
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus reportedly practiced “praying away the gay” as part of therapy offered at Bachmann Associates in Stillwater, Minn., where the family’s mental health clinic is located.
One pastor even encouraged his congregation to ”beat away the gay” in their children. Pastor Sean Harris, head of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., since 2006, took to the pulpit to teach his flock how to get rid of “butch-like’ tendencies in their girls and girlishness in their boys.
The American Psychological Association (APA) writes that though many believe both nature and nurture play complex roles in our sexuality and much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, “no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”
Moreover “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation, ” gay, straight, bi or otherwise.
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