Anderson Cooper Destroys Texas Republican's Defense Of Ex-Gay Therapy
Our favorite Silver Fox Anderson Cooper destroyed Texas Republican state Rep. Bryan Hughes over his defense of ex-gay reparative therapy and the Texas GOP's decision to include support for the therapy as part of its state party platform.
Hughes lies at one point, maintaining that the medical community is divided over the merits of reparative therapy, an argument that Anderson quickly dismantles by pointing out:
“It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided,” Cooper told state Rep. Bryan Hughes (R). “I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors’ Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, [and] they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured.”
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Cooper continues, asking Hughes:
“Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?” Cooper asked.
Hughes reiterated that his party had “heard testimony” and “read reports” regarding the therapy’s benefits, but did take issue with Chambers’ point regarding religion.
“No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are,” he told Cooper. “There’s nothiing in the platform about that. No one is trying to take that position. Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we’re not proud of. God loves each one of us, and he offers us a way for us to deal with sin and bad choices. But I do strongly disagree with what he said about God not loving people.”
“The fact that you view being gay — or you characterize it — as a ‘mistake,’ or something that should be changed really kind of maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say,” Cooper said in response.
Get it, Anderson!
(H/T: Raw Story)