If people want to be 'cured' of homosexuality it's their business: iLIVE
While I fully support individual rights, the reaction of the gay rights organisation OUT to a report on some Christian-based Bloemfontein academy’s claims that it can 'cure' homosexuality (13 January) is so far off beam as to in itself be an assault on individual rights.
OUT’s director Dawie Nel claims the academy’s stance was “unconstitutional” and were not legal in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2006.
He even hysterically proclaims: "Their comments fuel violent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, such as the rape of gays and lesbians to 'cure' them; or even murders being committed."
What utter tripe.
Any voluntary academy, even one propagating a cure for tiddlywinks addicts, has every right to exist. Anyone who chooses to go any such academy, even if it’s to learn how to comb their hair to the left, and to pay for it, should be free to do so.
Only if people are defrauded (in which money is knowingly taken under false pretences) should it become a legal matter – in which case it would be a simple criminal case, not constitutional.
Nel need to take a chill pill and not get himself worked up over the weird and wonderful antics of a more fanatically inclined religious group.
If anyone wants to pay good money to go to such an academy because they feel they need to be “cured” of being a homosexual, that’s their business, not for Nel or anyone else to start lathering at the mouth and scream hyperbole.
He runs the risk of being viewed as loony as his target.