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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:43

An American church is promising gay men they will be cured of their homosexuality if they stroke horses. :huh:

The Cowboy Church of Virginia, led by chief pastor Raymond Bell, believes homosexuality and other ‘addictions’ can be cured by Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Horse therapy, in the right hands, can be used to help overcome fears, develop communication skills, and is generally beneficial to mental health.

But Bell says the horses in his church, a cowboy ranch in the south, are part of teaching men to stop being gay and encourage them to be more masculine.

‘EAP can help any person who is living the homosexual lifestyle or involved in it in anyway,’ he told Gay Star News.

‘The first common misconception is that homosexuality is genetic, or hereditary, or as some say “born this way”.

‘Homosexuality is actually a type of addiction. It is not “curable” as a disease because it is a “choice driven” by the person.’

Bell said he uses EAP to identify how a person got ‘involved’ in homosexuality to begin with. For example, because of rape, abandonment, lacking a male role model, abuse, and having low self-esteem.

He said: ‘Homosexuality is a secondary effect from a single, or multiple, primary events in a person’s life.’

When asked if the therapy ever worked, or if it was even valid, the pastor said ‘it is not now, nor has it ever been, in question’.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:48

Apparently it doesn't cure stupid though

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:48

They are stroking his horse, so that's what he calls it! :D

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:48

:rolleyes:

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:49

Just which part do the cowboys stroke ... ? :shifty:

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:50



It really works this guy tried it!

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 15:53

His therapy sounds... gay.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 16:10

DO NOT WANT. :p

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 16:15

i love how straight people try to say that homosexuality is a choice. ask any homosexual.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 16:49

This notion that homosexuality is a disordered that needs to be fixed needs to go away.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 16:54

They are stroking his horse, so that's what he calls it! :D


LMAO that made me actually laugh out loud haha Yeah.. What a load of crap. I'm gay myself and can't even find a way to describe the idiocy of such a thing to "cure" something inherent in people from birth :p

‘EAP can help any person who is living the homosexual lifestyle or involved in it in anyway,’ he told Gay Star News.

My response: The 'homosexual lifestyle' is as plain and simple as that of most heterosexuals; work like a dog to keep the rich richer, and struggle to survive yourself in a world of bloody idiots, except they left out one part, that homosexuals have one more obstacle to tackle amongst the madness of daily life: the propagation of nonsense theories of homosexuality being a disease.

‘The first common misconception is that homosexuality is genetic, or hereditary, or as some say “born this way”.
Being a person who happens to be homosexual I know as well as many others the process and difficulty to adjust and become ok with it (in a society that teaches it isn't). For anyone to make such self discovery an unpleasant process and rank it as a disease is basically pure lack of conscience and respect for your fellow human beings.

I feel saddened and even a sense of sympathy for the religious folk and those who actually believe it is a disease to be so brainwashed and out of touch with their real selves, that they cling to beliefs that makes hating easier than acceptance.


I'm also wondering what the cure for the moral hypocrisy of these idiots who think homosexuality is an ailment. I thought religion was supposed to be inclusive and divine? It is an elitist type cult that shuns and ridicules those who don't buy into the BS, and fit in the boxes they've built.

Baha stories like this just make me chuckle.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 16:56

i love how straight people try to say that homosexuality is a choice. ask any homosexual.


Ok. But if it's not a choice and it's not a mental disorder, a disease, or a gene. Then what is it? I would really like to know the answer to this. I mean first we were told by the gay community it was one thing, then we were told something else, then we were told it's a choice. Now I just don't get it. So what exactly is it?

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 17:01

It's exactly the same as what being straight is - it's just the way your personal preferences work. The same as I love chocolate and hate tomatoes. Some people have preferences one way, some people have them another. Simple as that.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 17:03

Does he plan to 'cure' left-handed teens too?

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 17:04

Ok. But if it's not a choice and it's not a mental disorder, a disease, or a gene. Then what is it? I would really like to know the answer to this. I mean first we were told by the gay community it was one thing, then we were told something else, then we were told it's a choice. Now I just don't get it. So what exactly is it?


The APA is a gay organization ?