As a general rule, we do not include complete book reviews
in our newsletters. Robert Minor's
booklet, Case Closed!, is an excellent resource that deserves promotion,
so we are including a review of this booklet in our newsletter.
Title: Case Closed! Responding to Psychological
Arguments Against Gay People
Publisher: The Fairness Project, Kansas City
Available: The Fairness Project
Robert Minor is a prolific, and insightful author. When you
read his books, be prepared to be challenged. He authored the books Scared
Straight, Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society and When Religion is an Addiction.
Minor wrote a series of concise and readable booklets for The Fairness Project.
Case Closed! is one of The Fairness Project Series booklets.
Robert Minor notes that people who are not prepared to do
the hard work required to understand the source of their strong dislike of gay
people tend to look for religious and scientific support for their prejudices
and hatred. He makes a very good point. Delving into the familial, societal and
religious factors that caused such deeply held hatred and dislike is taxing,
and, at times, scary work.
This booklet quotes information from the American Psychiatric
Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling
Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Council on Child and
Adolescent Health, the World Health Organization and the American Medical
Association that support the position that homosexuality is not a mental
illness, that mental illness is not associated with homosexuality and that
mental health professionals should not attempt to change the sexual orientation
of their clients. Minor makes the point that discrimination against gay people
can cause psychological problems. Case Closed! discusses the
controversial case of ex-gays (gay people who claim they have become straight).
Robert Minor cautions against getting into psychological
arguments with people. He makes the valid point that answers to the
psychological arguments used against homosexuals are easy to obtain. There is
little need to become the defender of the gay community. We have the right to
indicate we disagree with the anti-gay psychology and then to walk away from
is an excellent booklet. There is a good balance between providing information
to show that mental health professionals do not consider homosexuality to be an
illness and providing practical advice that can help prevent gay people from
getting caught up in potentially painful and damaging arguments about
psychology. This book should be in the resource library of every gay community
center, of every affirming church and every mental health professional.
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The Anti-Defamation League
website informs us that a suspect, Anthony M. Graziano, was arrested in
connection with arson attacks against two New Jersey synagogues, Congregation
K'Hal Adath Jeshurun and Congregation Beth El. The Anti-Defamation League news release
gives us the impression the accused person is deeply anti-Semetic.
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Jennifer Rubin writes the Right
Turn opinion column. In an
opinion column, titled "Uproar over anti-Semitic writings reaches the
White House," Rubin discusses anti-Semitic sounding blogs and tweets
originating from the Center for American Progress.
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The British Broadcasting
Corporation website contains an article "German anti-Semitism
'deep-rooted' in society. According
to the article, the German Parliament requested a report on anti-Semitism. The report found anti-Semitism is
"'significantly' entrenched" in Germany. We gather the report felt German
anti-Semitism was due to prejudice and ignorance. The report noted high levels of
anti-Semitism in regions of Poland, Portugal and Hungary.
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Post article, "3 convicted of hate crime in Britain for distributing
brochure calling for executing gays," informs us that the men were
convicted of promoting hatred. Evidently, the pamphlet included an illustration
of a manikin hanging by a noose.
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Chronicle article, "4 charged with hate crime in Houston bus stop
beating," relates information about the disturbing case of a Black
gentleman who was attacked by four men. The article informs us the attackers were
charged under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention
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In the article "Hate Crimes Denounced in
Huntington," which appears on the HalfHollowHillsPatch
website, we are informed that a group of clergy are unified in their denouncing
hate crimes in Long Island.
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Nation website carries the sad news of the suicide of Jacob Rogers, a
teenager who used to attend Cheatham County Central High School, in Ashland
City, Tennessee. Jacob dropped out
of school, because of bullying.
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