The SPLC: Another favorite academic primary source falls apart

, Cliff Kincaid, 2 Comments

In a story about the Women’s March on Washington, Time magazine published various “Portraits of Dissent” that included the views of a 17-year-old Calvert County, Maryland, high school senior with the words “Nasty, Queer, Bitch,” marked on her cheeks and forehead. She was quoted as saying rights were in danger because of the Trump presidency and that Vice President Mike Pence “is someone that supports electroshocking people like me to turn us into people we aren’t.”

Pence never said any such thing. But where did this fictional and irrational claim come from? And why did Time publish this lie?

A new report from the National Task Force for Therapy Equality to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) identifies precisely where many of the false claims are originating. The report, entitled, “Lies, Deception, and Fraud,” accuses the Southern Poverty Law Center, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights of a hate campaign designed to ban psychotherapy for individuals with sexual and gender identity conflicts.

You may recognize the Human Rights Campaign as the pro-Obama group that furnished a speaker for the FBI’s recent gay “pride” summit.

In one case documented in the report, a transgendered woman associated with a New Jersey homosexual-rights organization claimed she had been tortured at a “conversion therapy camp” and that it constituted “child abuse.” But no such camp ever existed. It did exist in a 1999 movie, “But I’m a Cheerleader,” starring drag queen RuPaul. In Washington State, gay rights advocates claimed that children were subjected to shock therapy and ice baths to get them out of the lifestyle. No evidence of such practices was ever presented.

Evidence shows that same-sex attractions can be changed through counseling and can result from bad relations with a parent or sexual abuse. Indeed, the Restored Hope Network (RHN), representing the largest coalition of ex-homosexual ministries in the world, just held a national conference.

The National Task Force for Therapy Equality is part of the Equality And Justice For All, a coalition of psychotherapists, psychiatrists, physicians, public policy organizations and clients. The co-coordinator, Christopher Doyle, is a former homosexual who says that therapy changed his life. He is now married to his wife and they have five children.

Despite claims in the media that people are born gay, this is a myth perpetuated by left-wing homosexual organizations. There is no scientific evidence for the claim. Another myth is that counseling away from same-sex attraction involves shock therapy. There is no evidence whatsoever that the technique has been used or coerced on children or adolescents to modify sexuality.

Perhaps the best known of the three organizations cited above, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), calls the idea of counseling homosexuals to leave the lifestyle “quackery.”

The SPLC has a notorious reputation, even on the left. It raises money by using terms like “homophobia” and “Islamophobia” to demonize people supporting traditional Christian values. The group’s “Hate Map” of conservative organizations inspired a homosexual militant to launch a terrorist attack on the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council in 2013. It was “liked” on Facebook by the left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter who tried to massacre a group of Republicans at a baseball game outside of Washington, D.C.

Its fundraising practices, which have generated a reserve fund of about $300 million, are at the heart of the complaint by the National Task Force for Therapy Equality to the FTC. The FTC complaint asks for action to be taken against the three organizations because they use “deceptive and fraudulent” claims. Such claims, of course, are prominently featured in the liberal media, which regularly refer to the SPLC as a “civil rights” organization.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at This column is excerpted from an article that he wrote for Accuracy in Media.


2 Responses

  1. Rusty Writer

    June 30, 2017 12:09 pm

    If we accept the claims in this article, it still leaves out the most important point: After 40 years of ‘change’ claims, every major, decades-old Christian ex-gay ministry from the US to Australia closed forever. Leaders admitted no Christians had changed from homosexual to heterosexual. This confirmed what every medical association had long explained: sexual orientation is not a choice. “Pray away the gay” and “pay away the gay” therapies failed totally. Reparative gay conversion therapy, which was never scientific or medical (religiously based in spite of denials) was proven in court (JONAH case) to be consumer fraud. The supreme court affirmed this ruling by deciding not to even hear the appeal of the gay-curing quacks who the medical experts said healed nobody and harmed many.
    Brain scans show differences for homosexuals vs. heterosexuals with fetal brain scans showing those areas of difference begin to form in utero. Science has gone way past the original gay gene theory, discovering the role of epigenetic markers and hormones which interact with genes in the development of sexuality.
    But, what is the alternative explanation to being born gay? Freud’s 1890’s speculations that childhood traumas determine sexual orientation. One would expect compassion from those who hold this position since traumas like rape do great harm, more than a child can deal with. Yet, sadly this has not been the conservative stance.

  2. Rusty Writer

    June 30, 2017 12:18 pm

    Restored Hope Network is a tiny 3 year old group of those who continued the old claims in spite of the consensus among the past 4 decades of ex-gay leadership. RHN is run by Anne Paulk, who was bisexual before becoming an ex-gay Christian and who continues to be bisexual, per her own interviews on Christian radio shows. So, she herself has not experienced a sexual orientation change to heterosexual. I give her credit for being candid about this on-air. Anne was half of the most famous ex-gay married couple in ex-gay history, but she is finalizing the divorce of her husband, John Paulk, who also admitted he had not experienced a change of sexual orientation to heterosexual. He remains gay, but is now open about it and he publicly apologized for the harms done to the LGBT community because of the ex-gay claims he had long known were at best wishful thinking.
    Christopher Doyle may never have been gay. He had a different issue altogether. If you Google search “ex-gay Doyle admits trying to molest girls in daycare” you can see for yourself what has been going on in his life.
    I understand conservatives want it to be true that getting some counseling will cure gays, but this is so far from the truth that the World Psychiatric Association has joined every national medical association calling for an end to all forms of reparative gay conversion therapy, explaining sexual orientation change efforts are ineffective and in too many cases harmful.

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