Jeff Johnston, an employee of Focus on the Family who claims to be a former homosexual, complained that “CBS This Morning” did not air segments of an interview he did in which he claimed that (widely debunked) conversion therapy worked in his life.
Johnston referred to homosexuality as “unwanted same-sex attraction,” a popular phrase among anti-gay groups who paints LGBT people as victims of unwanted compulsions who need to be “cured” with conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy is opposed by the “American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Counseling Association,” noted NBC News in January.
Johnson falsely claimed on “CBS This Morning” that the government was threatening the “freedom” of people to go from being homosexual to heterosexual via therapy.
In reality, conversion therapy has been banned in several states due to the numerous reports of LGBT children and teens being abused; Johnston insisted his therapy was “nothing” like that.
Johnson also claimed in 2012 that divorce, child molestation, dads who treated their daughters like sons and and political reasons have caused people to become LGBT, noted ThinkProgress:
There are some factors that seem to be more significant in people struggling with same-sex attractions.
One of the things we know about homosexuality is that guys who struggle have been molested three times more often than men in the general male population. You could see how that could be a factor in leading to homosexuality, because it would cause a boy to question his masculinity, to be unsure about his sexual identity, questioning, “Am I am man? Am I gay?
What does this say about me that this happened to me?” So it raises all sorts of questions in a little boy’s mind.
Parents’ divorce can be factor, and the personality of the child, too. If you have a shy, introverted, quiet boy who doesn’t necessarily fit into a rough-and-tumble world, he can have a harder time embracing his masculinity. If there are problems in the parental relationship, that can affect a kid.
A girl who rejects her femininity could grow up longing for what she already has inside her. I know several women whose dads treated them like little boys — they wanted a boy and they treated them like boys, so these girls became very masculine. But they’re still longing for that femininity.
Some women reject femininity because they see women being weak or passive or abused; some women, and men too, have turned to homosexuality for political reasons or out of rebellion against societal norms.
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