Predictably many of them complained.
A Christian pastor has recommended that many of his fellow evangelicals Christians watch the ‘conversion therapy’ based movie, Boy Erased.
Rev. Edward McNulty created a top ten list of films that all believers should watch, and included Boy Erased at position number 8. And in his description for the film, he hailed its negative portrayal of the discredited ‘conversion therapy’ practice.
He added that the dangerous practice was “pseudo-practice [that] was widely accepted in the evangelical community.”
Writing on the Presbyterian Mission Agency, McNulty said: “The boy soon learns that the tactics at center include spiritual bullying and instilling fear into the patients, even turning them against the family member who purportedly ’caused’ them to ‘choose’ the gay lifestyle.”
Predictably, many of the evangelicals weren’t happy with what McNulty wrote. Taking to The Christian Post, they cited Peter Sprigg who in a previous column for the website said that the film, which is based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name, “represent[ed] only one anecdote about sexual orientation change efforts.”
The column added: “The claim that [sexual orientation change efforts therapy] in general has been shown to be ineffective and harmful is not supported by scientific research.”
However, that ‘scientific research’ was conducted by the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ group. Turning to actual science, we can see that many of the world’s respected authorities have slammed the discredited practice as dangerous and harmful.
In a statement released earlier this month, the Israel Medical Association banned its doctors from recommending or performing the practice.
In part of the statement, they said: “The treatments to change one’s sexual orientation have been found to be ineffective and could cause mental damage, such as anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies.”