Richard Cohen Complains About Persecution
Richard Cohen, Moonie-ish ex-gay therapist recently posted on his facebook page:
NOW HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISTS ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY IN GUADALAJARA TO CANCEL MY SPEAKING EVENT NEXT SATURDAY, JUST AS THEY DID IN MONTERREY, MEXICO
It seems homosexual activists are threatened by my message: I lived a gay life. I left the gay life. I am married to my beautiful wife Jae Sook for 33 years and we have three incredible children. As a psychotherapist for 25 years I have helped thousands of men and women worldwide who experience unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) fulfill their heterosexual potential. I have assisted thousands of parents reconcile with their SSA children by setting love in order, and many of their loved ones have reverted to their innate heterosexual identity. I have trained thousands of professional therapists, physicians, ministry leaders, coaches, and clergy worldwide how to assist those who experience SSA and their loved ones.
I am a threat because I lived a homosexual life, I came out of homosexuality, have a beautiful marriage, have successfully helped thousands change from same-sex attracted to opposite-sex attracted, and train other professionals how to assist this population by helping them achieve their innate heterosexual potential. Therefore, homosexual activists are once again trying to shoot the messenger through character assassination, spreading lies and innuendo about me, so that the message will not be heard.
Beneath all protests by homosexual activists is a mighty driving force: Hurt and Pain. They have been so deeply wounded, first by the original experiences of early childhood and adolescence that caused their SSA, and second, by social prejudice. Without resolving the first layer of personal wounding (family, cultural, and temperamental influences), their pain becomes exponentially increased by rejection from family, friends, and their faith community. Bullying compounds the wounds, and may eventually lead to activism.
Exposing the Tactics of Homosexual Activists:
"Art of War," by Sun Tzu / Military strategies written over 2,500 years ago, instructing activists in the art of deception.
1 - Place of Event: We will shut your program down. We will close your business permanently. We will have your professional business license investigated and revoked.
2 - Speaker: We will accuse you of being anti-gay, homophobic, and hateful against the gay community. We will have your professional credentials removed. We will spread lies about your personal and professional life.
3 - Organizers: We will expose you as anti-gay, homophobic, and hateful people against the gay community. We will spread lies about your personal and professional life.
1 - Online petition at www.change.org to shut down the event. Gain as much support from the LGBT community and their sympathizers from all over the world.
2 - Organize consistent protests outside the venue, threatening any potential participant from entering the building, and threatening the establishment itself.
3 - Media campaign: Spreading lies about the sponsor and speaker: Character Assassination.
Here is what you can do:
1 – Pray for those who are threatened by the truth in love. Pray for their hearts to be healed.
2 - Pray for God’s will to be done. Pray for the Sponsor, Speaker, and Venue.
3 – Start or join an online petition at Voice of the Voiceless:
One of his friends responded:
Richard, I have always been impressed with you, and happy for you that you found Jae Sook and were able to form a family with her. I have appreciated your hospitality in the DC area, as you have enjoyed my hospitality when you once came to Salt Lake City. I continue to wish you well, and I do not join in any personal attacks on you.
However, it’s important that I point out that not all “homosexual activists” are trying to use personal attacks on you as a means of discrediting your message, or thwarting the work of advancing truth and knowledge on the issues of homosexuality. I’m sorry that you feel personally under attack, and you’re correct on your 2nd claim above that many if not most gay people have been seriously wounded and so they react (sometimes with grace and compassion, but most often with hurt and anger) when they feel continually attacked by you and your message. It’s good that you at least acknowledge this, and show some compassion in return.
As you know, I do not subscribe to the “gay people are wounded by their parents, which caused them to be gay” theory. There is NO credible research which supports the ideas of reparative therapy, no studies which prove that the cause of homosexuality is a dysfunctional relationship with absent or abusive Father, or an overbearing mother. Yes, these circumstances DO occur frequently in the homes of many “male” homosexuals as they grow up, but correlation is not causation. The anecdotal stories of people like me for whom that scenario (yes, I did have an abusive father and an over-bearing mother) resonates is strong for many of us, yet it is misleading and causes too many of us to believe in the theories of SOCE (sexual orientation change efforts) inappropriately.
Moreover, it’s important to also note that you and the few other men who have successfully re-oriented your focus from homosexual feelings to heterosexual feelings are probably a 1, 2, or unlikely but possibly a 3 on the Kinsey scale. It’s simply not fair, and irresponsible of you to claim that ALL homosexuals are able to change their sexual orientation, or manage it sufficiently to be happy in a heterosexual lifestyle.
You know that I was married, as you were, and I have two beautiful children from that marriage. But however hard I tried, I could NOT make that heterosexual relationship work. It was not only fruitless in terms of my efforts, it actually was harmful to me emotionally, and harmful to my now ex-wife in terms of strife and struggle we have experienced as a result of trying to “live as a heterosexual, or normal” couple.
I do not reject your treatment theories merely out of opinion or gut feelings, but also based on the empirical evidence of their ineffectiveness:
“The American Psychological Association Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates… . the research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality …”
I also came to this conclusion based on personal experience, having been treated for 3 years by a “qualified” psychotherapist (Dr. A. Dean Byrd, who you know). Believing in the concept that sexual orientation can be changed is rooted in Biblical ignorance, and NOT in real science. Shortly before he died, Dr. Byrd and I met, and he warmly embraced me and told me that he accepted me as a gay man, and he was sorry for having put me through reparative therapy. He said something profound— he said, yes, it works for about 5-6% of the men he’s treated, but the rest did not find lasting “change” in their orientation, only prolonged suffering. I KNOW that Dr. Byrd cared for me, that he tried with what he understood to help me be happy, but in the end even HE accepted that SOCE was harmful and not appropriate for most cases.
Richard, I encourage you to look in your heart, and study the research, and come to the same conclusions. And I hope that you would have enough care for the homosexuals of Mexico and stop adding to their pain by extending their internal struggle with their orientation, when only a very small percentage will actually be able to change.
Again, I wish you and your family the very best. Warm Regards, **********