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Resistance Fighters Taking On the Evil Empire

Nov 24, 2019

Standing up for those wanting help for their unwanted same-sex attractions:

The last instalment of the ongoing Star Wars series, The Last Jedi, was on TV last night. While I had seen it when it first hit the cinemas, I watched bits of it again last night. One theme often heard was the need for resistance fighters, for those to join the Rebellion (the good guys) to stand against and resist the Empire (the bad guys).

Part of the drama was the fact that the older heroes of the rebellion were dying out, with no new Jedi Fighters to take their place. The need of the hour was for some new champions to emerge to keep up the rebellion against the dark powers. And the film ends with a glimmer of hope.

A group of children are talking about their old heroes, like Luke Skywalker, with one looking up to the stars. The clear message is that future films in this series will keep on coming, with some of these kids becoming future Jedi heroes. That is one way to keep a franchise going and going! And sure enough, Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker hits the cinemas next month.

But at the same time I was watching this, two different folks sent me a link to a brand new development, tying in with an article I had penned yesterday. I had written on the war against “conversion therapy” and how numerous Western governments are actually making it illegal to help those with unwanted same-sex attractions. I kid you not – see here: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/11/23/banning-conversion-therapy-and-the-war-on-choice/

What these folks alerted me to was a brand new bunch of freedom fighters – newcomers to the rebellion. At least it was a new initiative I had not been aware of before. I refer to an international coalition who are standing against the radical homosexual and trans agendas, and defending real choice.

Last week they released an important Declaration. It seems the group has been around a few years. Their opening paragraph reads this way: “The International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice (IFTCC) has met for its 2-day 5th Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary, concluding today 17th November 2019 with Country Representatives and attenders from 23 Nations.”

The remainder of the Declaration is worth offering here in full:

The IFTCC’s Executive and General Board will continue to declare to our governments, local authorities, human rights organisations and media institutions that everyone should have the freedom and right to walk away from sexual experiences and practices they find unfulfilling, and have support to do so. In addition, everyone should have the freedom and right to live according to their values and beliefs that bring them happiness. Further, everyone should have the freedom and right to seek to reduce sexual or gender feelings or behaviours in order to preserve their marriage and family, so that they may go on being lifetime mothers and fathers as they desire. No one should take these freedoms and rights away from them. They, not politicians or activists in mental health guilds, should make their own choices.

We therefore object to ongoing discrimination against persons formerly gay- or transgender-identified, who have, or will in the future seek professional counselling or pastoral help to assist their transition from unwanted behaviours and feelings. We repudiate the deceitful political campaign waged increasingly across mental health bodies which labels all such support for this population group as “Conversion Therapy”, and instances of “homo-trans-phobic” hate-speech–itself bullying language. We will stand with this population in our objection to ongoing discrimination, coercion and bullying against them.

Consistent attempts by LGBT activists in governments and elsewhere to conflate the fake term ‘conversion therapy’, including electro-shock and morally reprehensible aversion techniques – all administered by the world’s medical fraternities – with standard, predominantly psychodynamic, evidence-based talking-therapy explorations of fluid sexual attractions, is disingenuous. This is an unacceptable political strategy. It continues to damage those now forced to live with homosexual or transgender identities as professionals are denied the opportunity to support client-choice to leave unwanted homosexual and transgender practices. We note with interest the complete silence of LGBT activists and allies who oppose therapeutic choice, on the moral unacceptability of medical fraternities which historically endorsed the use of pornography and even prostitution to ‘help’ people with sexual problems.

The IFTCC will continue to defy political attempts that deny individuals their right to autonomy and choice in sexual expression and identity, congruent with more primary religious or philosophical beliefs. It will do so by continuing to facilitate self-regulation, professional development and collegiality in the practices of our members. Our work will continue to explore the scientific, ethical and professional literature along with evidence-based research and the best practice available to us. We will also continue to develop Practice Guidelines and the ethical framework that underpins the work of any practitioner wishing to associate with us. Seeking to do good to all, we are committed to promoting attitudes of respect, harmony and dignity towards those persons identified as LGBTIQ+.

We reject widespread media misrepresentation and disinformation which has uncritically adopted “conversion therapy” nomenclature based on the philosophical and ideological premise that sexual “orientation” is innate and immutable. We know of no mental health guilds, however radical, that say sexual “orientation” is inborn and unchangeable. Their consensus on that and definitive research have established that the development of sexual “orientation” is somewhat influenced by genes but not definitively so and mostly influenced by experience in an individual’s environment that may begin very early – like other complex human traits professional therapists help people diminish or change every day.

The IFTCC will strive to offer an alternative association point for any professional, lay person, or organisation whose confidence has been shattered, or practice interrupted by the uncritical politicisation of sexuality that many of our governments have allowed or promoted.

We warn the religious communities in our countries that proposed and enforced banning of therapeutic choice and aligned diplomatic initiatives or incentives, is aimed at deposing the freedom of parents to raise their children according to values consistent with their faith. It will curtail freedom of religion to practise and promote truth in the public space and revive a secular humanist order encouraging sexual licence, practised by the ancients across the gender boundaries and known as “pansexuality”. We call this new religious framework, “pansexual humanism”.

The IFTCC is a registered entity in Great Britain and serves an international community which supports our Mission, Value Statement and Practice Guidelines. Signed 17th November 2019, Budapest. d3uxejw946d7m5.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/IFTCC_Postconference_Statement_2019_English.pdf?x58105

A report released by LifeSiteNews discusses the conference. It says in part:

LifeSiteNews’ staff member Scott Schittl was able to be present at this year’s conference, to listen to, and learn from, the many expert speakers who gave presentations and workshops over the three-day weekend. Several interviews, like the one with Dr. Mike Davidson, Chairman of the IFTCC, were also recorded.

One of the main themes, emerging from both the conference and the Declaration, was the pre-eminence of client choice. That is, the IFTCC believes that people should be free to leave and disavow the homosexual lifestyle. The Declaration states that the IFTCC objects to, “ongoing discrimination against persons formerly gay-or-transgender-identified, who have, or will in the future seek professional counselling or pastoral help to assist their transition from unwanted behaviors and feelings.”

Again, the IFTCC supports the freedom of people who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction, to seek counselling to help transition away from those attractions. The conference’s wide range of talks, discussions and practical workshops gave attendees (and, those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity problems) a primer into professionally sound and ethically grounded ways to approach these sensitive issues.

Speakers such as Laura Haynes, David Pickup, Robert Vazzo, Timothy Long, Denise Schick, Christl Ruth Vonholdt, Keith Vennum, and Andrea Williams led insightful practical workshops or gave inspiring personal testimonies. All conferees were agreed when it came to dispelling the notion that sensible and ethically-sound change-allowing therapies could, in any way, be conflated with so-called “conversion therapy”. The authors of the IFTCC 2019 Declaration gave special attention to this point. www.lifesitenews.com/news/experts-group-govts-must-respect-freedomright-of-gays-wanting-to-overcome-same-sex-attraction

As the darkness gets greater in the West, it is encouraging to see various new initiatives being established to shine the light, to protect our freedoms, and to champion the best interests of individuals and society as a whole. We certainly do need many more to join the rebellion.

Will you be one of them?

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10 Responses to Resistance Fighters Taking On the Evil Empire

  • Bill, if it wasn’t for your website, I would never have known about this conference. It’s my good news story for the day. Having just made a submission to the Victorian state government proposed “conversion therapy” ban enquiry, I’m glad to see that the counter narrative has a sound evidence base behind it.

  • You’re absolutely right, Ross.

    We are greatly indebted to Bill for reporting on the important International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice conference in Hungary.

    The mainstream media, which steadfastly refuse to inform the public about such important developments, are a disgrace.

    About the Budapest conference Christian Concern (UK)’s chief executive Andrea Williams reports:

    “This was an event full of stories of compassion, repentance, healing and hope. Yet the authorities will not hear these stories and want to erase such people from the public square. Despite this, this is not a movement that seeks to remain underground. It is a movement that seeks to mobilise, to equip, to train, to speak out boldly.

    “The reality is that in the UK, and increasingly more so in other nations across the world, the only approved ‘therapy’ is to affirm people as LGBT. There is no space to affirm people as being made in the image of God, male or female. The freedom to declare marriage as being between one man and one woman is being taken away. The name of Jesus is being destroyed through policies, laws and culture, and our freedom to speak about these things is being destroyed too.

    “But the overwhelming message at the IFTCC conference was not one of despair, but one of hope. The stories of transformation and gospel redemption are real. This is a message that needs to be heard.” https://christianconcern.com/ccpressreleases/stories-of-healing-and-hope-silenced-movement-holds-closed-event-on-outskirts-of-budapest/

    Thank you, Bill, for relaying this message of hope to your Australian readers.

    I trust it will help equip Christians in the state of Victoria to oppose the iniquitous “counselling censorship” laws planned by the Daniel Andrews Labor government.

  • Many thanks John. And thanks for being one of the two people who first tipped me off to this story.

  • Pray for those who make a mockery Of Christianity and the Bible!

  • Thanks so much for this Bill. It is really encouraging and an answer to prayer. In a time when the bad news seems overwhelming and we can see our adversary working overtime to silence the voice of righteousness, one could be forgiven for wanting to give up as did Elijah, feeling to go off and just want to exit the planet. But GOD! ……. In HIS grace and mercy sends encouragement and reminds us we are not alone and HE has many others set aside to speak out against wickedness. We are the voices in the wilderness, speaking out and preparing the way of the LORD for HE is coming again -soon! May many be raised up with the courageous spirit of the LION of the tribe of Judah – and not be found wanting at the appearing of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. In GOD we have the victory through JESUS our LORD! GOD bless you, Cheryl Ciccotosto

  • Another report of the IFTCC conference can be found here https://anglicanmainstream.org/help-for-individuals-who-struggle-with-their-gender-or-sexual-identity-bringing-light-to-a-heated-topic/
    Please pray especially for the work of Mike Davidson and Core issues Trust https://www.core-issues.org/

  • Thanks for that Andrew.

  • This is valuable information Bill. Thanks.

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