John M. Becker

Jon Stewart Rips Texas GOP on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Filed By John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Bachmann clinic, comedy, Daily Show, ex-gay myth, ex-gay therapy, Jon Stewart, reparative therapy, satire, Texas, Texas GOP, Texas Republican Party, Texas Republican platform

jon-stewart-texas-gop-reparative-therapy.jpgLast night on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart lambasted the Texas GOP for its recent endorsement of debunked and dangerous "ex-gay" therapy.

Stewart pulled no punches. After showing footage of crackpot psychologist and "ex-gay" proponent Joseph Nicolosi saying, as my "therapist" at the Bachmann clinic did, that changing a gay person is merely a matter of bringing out their inner heterosexual, Stewart pointed out the absurdity of that claim.

"But [heterosexuality is] the thing [gay people] don't have in them. It's like giving a woman a C-section who's not pregnant. You won't find what you're looking for, but you will leave a scar."

He then brought up some of the abusive and disgusting "treatments" that these junk-science therapists prescribe, including electroshock therapy and having the patient put their poop in a bottle and sniff it whenever they're attracted to someone of the same sex. Stewart said Texas Republicans should take this advice to heart:

"Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is. So my advice is the next time you feel the urge to be a Texas Republican -- to replace science textbooks with pictures of humans riding dinosaurs, or ban same-sex marriage, or put on this [plush GOP elephant hat], shit in a jar and sniff it. It won't cure you; the science proves that. But do it anyway. Hopefully it'll remind you of what assholes you're being."

Watch, after the break.


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