Monday, April 26, 2010

My letter of complaint to RTE should anybody wish to use it as a basis

Sir/Madam:

Writing to express my concern about a very harmful organization being effectively allowed a voice on Pat Kenny's radio programme - Core Issues.

This group practice reparative therapy and are based in Northern Ireland. While the speaker this morning was softly spoken and gentle about his approach this concealed a considerable level of potentially harmful practice by this group whose website openly mentions their connection to the American group Exodus International. Their document at http://www.core-issues.org/uploads/Documents/core%20version%205.2%20December%202007.pdf describes potential clients as "sexually damaged" and constantly mentions co-dependency. The organiser today is not an accredited psychiatrist, but a Theologian. Another link at http://www.core-issues.org/uploads/CorebroSeminarUpdate%282%29.pdf describes Mike as studying "psychodrama". I had a quick check up on this and it appears that the accrediation body has an ethical code which specifically includes non discrimination on the grounds of sexuality - this can be found at http://www.psychodrama.org.uk/pdfs/public_pdfs/bpa-code-of-ethics-2008.pdf.

A name mentioned on Core Issues website is Dr Paul Millar. As you may be aware Dr Millar resigned from his post at the Northern Ireland Mental Health foundation (http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/Gay-row-doctor-defends-claims.4163211.jp). He has been associated with discredited MLA and MP Iris Robinson.
NARTH is also linked to on their site - another US organisation with a poor reputation for manipulative "therapy."

I could produce a wealth of evidence as to how harmful this group has the potential to become should they gain a foothold in Ireland, but I think the above is a start. The best source is the account of an undercover investigation into their therapy from the Independent here - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-exgay-files-the-bizarre-world-of-gaytostraight-conversion-1884947.html

This is very worrying that RTE could allow such a group onto public airwaves in view of the evidence above.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Yours sincerely,

Myself

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