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Advisor to NARTH: Africans were better off as slaves

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“There is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America. Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle… Life there was savage … and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off.”
— Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of NARTH’s Science Advisory Committee.

The “Ex-gay” advocates of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) have not denounced the above comments from Schoenwolf, a NYC psychotherapist and author of The Art of Hating, (“Many people talk about hate, but few know how to hate well.”)

An excellent account of this debacle can be found in Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report.

It’s notable that NARTH ally Focus on the Family has not called for an apology for the above comments. Daddy D, never a man to shy away from a press release, is silent on the matter.

The outrageous comments appeared in a report on the NARTH web site back in 2005; Schoeneworf’s wrote “Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History,”, and the man goes off the deep end and suggests that those working in the human rights movement are intellectually lacking/stunted.

Schoenewolf stood by his comments on the intellectual inferiority of civil rights movement supporters. “The civil rights movement has from the beginning and today seen itself as good and others are evil, like slaveowners are evil,” he said.

During the interview, Schoenewolf lambasted civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights. “All such movements are destructive,” he said. He also claimed the American Psychological Association, of which he is a member, “has been taken over by extremist gays.”

Gee, would that apply to the fundamentalist wackjob movement as well — Lou Sheldon, for one, should step right up, along with the folks at Exodus and the rest of the “ex-gay” movements to affirm heterosupremacy.

H. Alexander Robinson, executive director of black LGBT advocacy org the National Black Justice Coalition, called for NARTH to apologize — to no avail (all they did was pull the article from its web site) From Robinson’s letter:

“In the name of propriety, respect, common decency and professional integrity, the National Black Justice Coalition strongly urges NARTH to issue a public apology on the front page of its website for publishing such an outrageous and offensive article. We also hope that you reevaluate your relationship with Dr. Schoenewolf, whose peculiar views have no place in civilized discourse.”

Even some well-known supporters of NARTH distanced themselves from the organization in light of its inability to apologize for the filth spewed by Schoenewolf. Former NARTH committee member David Blakeslee, resigned in protest; Warren Throckmorton pulled out of NARTH’s annual conference, where he planned to present.

“This was a slam dunk. They should have said, ‘These are not our views.’ People have asked them to clarify what they meant by this and [instead] they’ve in fact defended it,” says Warren Throckmorton, a professor of psychology at Grove City College and a former member of NARTH.

…”This stuff about political correctness and slavery is very far outfield,” he said. “I’m appalled by it, and a lot of people within NARTH are as well, but they don’t have the authority to speak out on it. And those who do have the authority aren’t.”

Read more at Ex-Gay Watch.

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