"We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice,
we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison (1943-1945)

Dermot O'Callaghan

There is no body of evidence showing a link between gay conversion therapy and harm

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 1st April 2019

Dermot O Callaghan revisits the assumed causal link between therapeutic intervnetions and unwanted same-sex attractions.

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CONVERSION THERAPY A briefing note by Prof M King and Prof R Song (June 2017) - Some Comments on two of the cited studies

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 4th July 2017

Considering the studies cited...

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'Conversion Therapy', Suicide and the Question of Harm

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 29th June 2017

‘I don’t want to see another young person take their life,’ says Jayne Ozanne. She wants to see ‘conversion therapy’ banned. There are four propositions here: that (i) LGBT-identified people experience more depression than others; (ii) they likewise commit suicide more often; (iii) a major cause of this is what she calls ‘spiritual abuse’ in the Church; and (iv) therapy makes matters worse, not better.

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Whither Science?

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 4th November 2016

In 1994 John Bancroft said about research into sexual orientation,that it was an area “par excellence where scientific objectivity has little chance of survival.”

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Honesty is the best policy...

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 13th October 2016

A response to the Revd Stephen Neill (Gazette 16th Sept)

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Scholars on both sides agree Bible is consistent in opposing homosexual practice: Jayne Ozanne disagrees

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 19th May 2016

On Friday 13th May 2016 I attended a fringe meeting at the General Synod of the Church of Ireland, organised by Changing Attitude Ireland, at which the speaker was Jayne Ozanne, a patron of Accepting Evangelicals.

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Questioning the Rationale of Same-Sex Marriage

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 3rd November 2015

Human sexuality is an immensely complex matter, and both Church and society risk the unravelling of the web of the Judaeo-Christian traditions that, though often unrecognised and unappreciated, serves to hold society together in the western world.

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