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Mike Pence’s shameless attempt to rewrite history on his support for conversion therapy

Republican candidate for Vice President Mike Pence pauses during the vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on October 4, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mike Pence suddenly wants the record to reflect that he never promoted so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” the completely discredited and dangerous practice of trying to alter people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a flat-out lie.

Let’s review what Pence put on his campaign website in 2000:

Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.

Now Pence’s spokesperson, Marc Lotter, is claiming that he never supported the practice. The New York Times writes:

Mr. Pence had not addressed speculation about his support for conversion therapy until last weekend, when Mr. Lotter told The Times it was “patently false” that Mr. Pence “supported or advocated” the practice.

Lotter said Pence simply wanted the money directed to “groups that promoted safe sexual practices.” Talk about “patently false.” First of all, what did Pence think all those AIDS organizations receiving federal funds were doing? They were promoting safe sex, idiot—as in using condoms.

Second, the notion that Pence was talking about safe sex when he said “those seeking to change their sexual behavior” is at once laughable and craven.

Pence didn’t even know what safe sex was. He’s the guy who in 2002 called condom use “too modern” and “a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases.” In that same interview, Pence told CNN he believed the “only true safe sex” was “no sex.”

Sorry, Mike. You couldn’t have been promoting “safe sexual practices” when you a) didn’t believe in them, and b) didn’t even know what they were.

Kerry Eleveld

One thought on “Mike Pence’s shameless attempt to rewrite history on his support for conversion therapy

  1. There is more to this than just a casual denial of his former statement of his beliefs on sexual orientation. It appears that Mike Pence is willing to “state his beliefs” in any manner that he thinks will most appeal to his voter base, regardless of what he believes about a subject.
    In his 2000 campaign speeches Mike Pence proved his true belief as an evangelical Christian, spreading “the word of God” as he interpreted it, on sexual identity being a choice instead of identity determined before the time of birth. Now, in 2016, as medical, scientific and psychological studies have proven (to the majority of Americans — ‘his voters’) that sexual identity is determined at the time of ‘creation’ of a life, he is willing to change — or PRETEND to change — his belief of Biblical Truth as he sees it.
    This is nothing unusual. Haven’t “believers” been trying to convince unbelievers (heretics) about their unproven truths for as long as – and no doubt even before – there was recorded history. If a person, or group of people, are “true believers” and unable to change, or at least adapt to differences in their beliefs and the beliefs of others, how can that person, or group of people, manage to guide a nation in which citizens are free to believe what their hearts and minds dictate them to believe?
    Now expand that thought to include other countries where the majority of inhabitants believe in the teachings of their religion or ideology so strongly they are willing to sacrifice their life as proof of their belief?
    Can a “TRUE BELIEVER” ever be a satisfactory leader of a nation in a world where peace demands that each nation must make accommodations for the beliefs and ideologies of other nations ?
    History seems to prove otherwise, which shows the intelligence and perception of the founders of our great country, who stated in the Sixth Article of the Constitution that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”



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