Christian Group Exploits Robin Williams' Death to Push Ex-Gay Therapy (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Family Research Council (FRC), a conservative Christian political organization, strongly opposes gay rights and same-sex marriage.

Peter Sprigg, who is a Senior Policy Fellow at the FRC, has a history of inflammatory statements about gay people.

In 2008, Sprigg said, "I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe that homosexuality is destructive to society" (video below). reported in 2010 that Sprigg was asked by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, "So we should outlaw gay behavior?" and replied, "Yes." Sprigg also said that LGBT people should not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military (video below).

Sprigg recently tried to use the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams to push scientifically discredited ex-gay therapy, which Sprigg compared to legitimate rehab programs for drugs and alcohol abuse.

In a FRC blog piece titled "Robin Williams, Rehab, and Reorientation," Sprigg wrote:

Whatever the motivation, there are those who have simply made a choice to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle, without clinical help — much like how Robin Williams simply stopped using drugs and alcohol in the 1980’s.

Others have sought professional help, perhaps at the urging of family members, in the form of “sexual reorientation therapy” — much like when Williams entered a formal alcohol rehab program in 2006. Whether simply through personal development, religious counseling, or with the help of a licensed or unlicensed counselor, thousands (if not millions) of people have experienced significant changes in one or more of the elements of their sexual orientation (attractions, behavior, or self-identification).

...There is actually no scientific evidence that reorientation therapy is more harmful than helpful. There are, however, anecdotal accounts of people who claim they found it harmful, or who had negative experiences after such therapy, such as depression or even suicide. However, mere chronological correlation is not scientific proof of causation — any more than Robin Williams’ suicide was “caused” by his recent return to rehab.