A Brief Look at the Dangers of Conversion Therapy

by Cristi Casella In an effort to change the sexual orientation of someone who has expressed same-sex preferences, it was at one time a common practice to take that person to counselling sessions labelled Conversion Therapy. Sometimes referred to as Reparative Therapy, the object was to ‘restore’ them to what was understood as ‘normal’ sexual behaviour. Rarely was conversion therapy effective in changing the person’s sexual orientation, but what is even more disturbing is the impact this type of therapeutic intervention had on the subject. Although rare, there are still practitioners who use this approach, even though literally every major...

On Rewarded Activism vs. Punished Activism

Editors Note: This post emerged from a commentary I made on Facebook while watching the BET Awards on Sunday evening. Yes, I watched. Don’t screw your face up like that at me, I turned in my “woke card” for the night. I made a commentary on the contrast between the recognized activism of Chance the Rapper, and the marginalized and punished activism of Colin Kaepernick. Below are my comments, for the purpose of clarification. -M.P. To make it crystal clear about why I said what I said earlier about the highlighted activism of Chance The Rapper, I maintain the following. On...
Trump’s Wiretapping Claims & Other Lies Lead to Autocracy

Trump’s Wiretapping Claims & Other Lies Lead to Autocracy

Trump’s wiretapping claims, other lies, have autocratic twist  by Christopher F. Arndt   First there was the birther theory, which Trump continued to champion in 2011 even after President Obama’s long-form birth certificate was shown to the world. Then we heard statements like “Nobody really knows if climate change is real;” and, more recently, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” These are, of course, but a few of the countless lies Trump has uttered over the years, over the course of...