Chelsea Clinton has joined forces with Facebook to censor any conversations or ads that advocate conversion counseling and therapy for individuals who strive to overcome their same-sex attractions and restore their natural sexuality.
Lawmakers in deep-blue California have been busy pushing legislation that would ultimately work to keep gender-confused Californians from seeking help to return to their natural sexual disposition. This debate – and several recent complaints about conversion therapy ads – has prompted Chelsea Clinton and Facebook to team up and silence any discussion about the restorative counseling offered by Christian therapists.
“The issue has been in the news of late with what critics call California’s ‘must stay gay’ bill, which would censor public discussions and publications promoting such counseling,” WND reported. “The Facebook controversy arose because the social-media platform allowed ads for counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.”
Chelsea Clinton ceased the opportunity to lead the backlash against Facebook that started when user members from the LGBT community accused the social media giant of targeting them with gender conversion therapy ads.
“Chelsea Clinton lashed out at Facebook after several LGBTQ users complained that conversion therapy ads and videos were popping up in their newsfeeds,” the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail announced.
She quickly chimed in on the debate in response to the Facebook user complaints, taking to social media to try and justify silencing free speech on the controversial topic.
“Child abuse – ‘conversion therapy’ is child abuse,” the former first daughter tweeted Wednesday. “There are not two sides to this question and these ads – and the practices they promote – should be illegal everywhere. Full stop.”
Facebook was quick to join Chelsea Clinton in her pro-LGBT stance on the matter.
“We removed these ads after further review,” Facebook tweeted in response to the outcry. “While we may miss some, we're working hard to make sure we quickly find and take down bad ads.”
Earlier this summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Holocaust deniers who aired their views on his site –before he felt compelled to apologize for trying to justify their stance against Jews. However, unlike its due diligence to come to the defense of the LGBT community, no such censorship effort was announced by Facebook to quash the anti-Semitic dialogue.
Responding to an offended few
The latest charge against conversion therapy was initiated by a Facebook user who took offence to an ad that popped up on his Facebook page that offered help for homosexual men experiencing depression because of their lifestyle choices.
The Facebook user, Alystair Ryder, was one of a few who brought up the ads, and he claimed that the ad for the self-help book titled, Help for Men with Same-Sex Attraction, left him feeling “shaken,” and said that he had no idea why Facebook would permit such an ad.
“It was written in a way to try to appeal to people who may be depressed or be experiencing self-loathing due to their sexuality,” Ryder insisted, according to the Telegraph. “I think it's pretty irresponsible for Facebook to allow an ad that preys on gay men with mental health issues in such a negative way on their homepage.”
Catering to its pro-LGBT users, a Facebook spokesman assured that the “offensive” ads that appeared on users’ newsfeeds in 2017 were immediately removed once discovered, insisting that such self-help ads have not appeared on the site since then because they violate numerous Facebook policies, such as “misleading” or “false” content and “violating personal attributes.”
“We do not allow ads that promote gay conversion therapy or that imply personal attributes about people – like their sexual orientation,” the Facebook spokesman told the Daily Mail. “We quickly removed these ads after further review. While enforcement is never perfect, we're always working to find and remove ads that violate our policies.”
California siding with LGBT over Bible?
It is argued that the ramifications of the pro-LGBT bill against conversion therapy is much more far-reaching than working to shut down the businesses of Christian therapists and counselors – let alone silencing free speech.
“The California bill would classify as consumer fraud any conferences, books or counseling that advocates helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attraction – as only counseling promoting the gay lifestyle would be allowed,” WND explained. “Lawmakers are hearing many warnings that the proposed law effectively will make the purchase of a Bible a crime in California.”
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) also recognized the potential detrimental magnitude of the problematic California bill, calling it “a terrible storm that’s brewing on the horizon” earlier this year.
“You may have heard the news or seen the reports, but people of faith in California are bracing for one of the most dramatic ideological shifts away from the First Amendment in our nation’s history,” Huckabee warned, according to WND. “It’s the kind of storm that destroys the foundations of liberty and a free society.”
The former Republican presidential candidate went on to alert Christians in California that the bill is designed to keep them from biblically addressing the sexual perversion condemned by the Word of God.
“[The bill] prevents faith-led counselors from assisting clients with same-sex attraction or gender confusion, [and] it prohibits churches from holding any ticketed events addressing topics of sexuality,” Huckabee continued. “But it’s FAR more reaching than that. This means the sale of ANY book that states the practice of homosexuality or transgender identification as immoral actions would be illegal in California. … This could include the Bible!”
He then addressed the bill’s deceptive nature, aimed at undermining religious freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
“[Although the legislation’s sponsors deny it,] legal experts agree that AB 2943 is so broadly worded in its description of prohibited activities that it can easily be interpreted to stop the sale of goods and services that promote a biblical worldview!” Huckabee exclaimed.
California state Assembly member Al Muratsuchi – a lawmaker and LGBT activist – actually admitted that pastors and members of the faith community are targeted by the bill.
“[After all, the First Amendment] does not prohibit banning fraudulent conduct,” Muratsuchi expressed in a video, according to WND. “The faith community – like anyone else – needs to evolve with the times.”
Debunking claims conversion therapy is harmful …
Despite contentions made by the pro-LGBT medical community – including the American Psychological Association (APA) – that conversion therapy could be ineffective and harmful, many respected Ph.D.’s, including Paul Santero, Neil Whitehead and Dolores Ballesteros, argue that research shows such claims to be false.
“A survey asking for negative and positive experiences of 125 men with active lay religious belief who went through sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) strongly conflict with those claims,” the three physician authors of the Liberty Counsel study titled, “Effects of Therapy on Religious Men Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction” asserted. “In our study, most of those who participated in group or professional help had heterosexual shifts in sexual attraction, sexual identity and behavior with large statistical effect sizes, similarly moderate-to-marked decreases in suicidality, depression, substance abuse, and increases in social functioning and self -esteem. Almost all harmful effects were none to slight.”
The Christian legal group behind the study pointed out how the medical community has misled the American public by aligning itself with the LGBT community and its push to recognize homosexuality as a so-called “civil rights” issue.
“[This study] strongly refutes claims the American Psychological Association and other organizations have made aimed at discouraging counsel to change unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior and identity,” Liberty Counsel stated.