“We want to thank Governor Herbert and his administration for not allowing this issue to be politicized. He saw how polarizing this was becoming, and he made the decision to allow science to prevail over politics. He kept his word to the LGBTQ community, and we are deeply grateful to him.”
– Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, after the state of Utah banned “conversion therapy” for minors.
Conversion therapy is an ancient ritual where devoutly social conservatives try to beat or exorcise homosexual inclinations from people. Here in the U.S. it’s been connected to high rates of suicide among teenagers. I’ve personally seen this action. It’s call the Roman Catholic Church.
“I confess that when I hear some speeches by someone responsible for public order or a government, I am reminded of Hitler’s speeches in 1934 and 1936. They are typical actions of Nazism which with its persecutions of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation, represent a negative model ‘par excellence’ of a throwaway culture and a culture of hate. That’s what they did then and today these things are resurfacing.
– Pope Francis, expressing concern about modern language he’s heard targeting Jews and the LGBTQ community.