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We are in grave danger of becoming a plutonomy. Between big oil, big pharma, and big walmart, not much room left for the little-man, ya know...the middle class, the new poor.

 

http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/walmart_to_sell_book_about_curing_gay_people?me=nl

 

Walmart is known for its falling prices. Turns out the mega retail chain is also about to be known for selling a book that says you can be delivered from homosexuality.

 

Staff members from QSaltLake bring this news, noting that over 100 Walmart stores are set to carry a book by Mormon author Janice Barrett Graham, where Graham champions ex-gay therapy and curing people of their homosexuality. The book, Chased By An Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today's Stampeding Sexuality, is intended to "shed the clear light of truth on today's dark and tangled ideas about male and female, proper gender roles, the law of chastity, and the God-given sexual appetite."

 

One assumes it will be included in the fiction department?

 

Joking aside, it's actually serious business that Walmart would choose to sell a book that purports the wonders of ex-gay therapy. That's because every major medical and scientific association around the world has condemned ex-gay therapy as harmful and dangerous, going so far as to say that those who practice it contribute to depression, anxiety, confusion and suicide. Gee, thanks, Walmart.

 

What was Graham's motivation for writing the book? Let's allow her to take it away.

 

"The number of our young people involved in sexual sins has greatly increased in recent years. Some of the most stalwart-seeming youth find themselves involved in pornography, fornication, promiscuity, homosexuality, and the like,” Graham said.

 

Graham's book also includes an introduction by her son, Andrew Graham, who has become a self-professed "cured" homosexual. Andrew says he was lured into homosexuality by older men at Brigham Young University, but that he was able to turn away from what he calls the "deceitful and predatory nature of the ‘gay’ lifestyle.”

 

Wow. Walmart has always had a shaky relationship with the gays, but the move to sell a book that views homosexuality as "deceitful and predatory" kind of takes the cake. Do the Walmart executives who approved this book for sale on their shelves really believe that their LGBT customers are predatory and deceitful? Talk about a terrible message to send.

 

Here's the facts. Ex-gay therapy and ministry, like the kind championed by the Grahams in this Walmart-approved book, contributes to rampant psychological confusion, shame, and despair. From the British Medical Association to the American Psychological Association, professional groups have widely condemned the practice and belief of ex-gay therapy. For Walmart to peddle the book as if it were a New York Times bestseller? That's not only an affront to the LGBT community; it's an affront to science.

 

Send Walmart a message that this book doesn't belong on their shelves. For one of the nation's top retailers to green light a book that calls gay people deviant, predatory and in need of a cure is simply not acceptable -- no matter how cheap their jars of pickles are.

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Just curious if WalMart sells other religious type books, and if that is what they are considering this, uhm book.

 

As disgusting as the contents of it may be, they should be able to publish and sell it, just as Wally world should be allowed to sell it. I support their choice to do so, based on constitutional protections. That being said, getting the word out about this, is definitely a good thing, as the customers that shop at WalMart should be informed of this type of crap.

 

Perhaps, Wally World is counting on their strong hold down in the bible belt to pick this item up, or to offset any outrage by other portions of the country.

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I love the fact that I can buy a book on how to make a bomb, how to make illegal drugs, how to make a machine gun, how to grow marijuana, how to start a prostitution ring, how to scam on your taxes, or any other subject I may or may not have interest in. It is great an exchange of ideas is allowed even if the ideas are about an illegal topic.

 

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have. – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Message, Veto of the McCarran Act, 9/22/50

 

It scares me some think it would be a good thing to control ideas and opinions. It might sound good when you agree, but some day someone will be in power that you do not agree with.

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I love the fact that I can buy a book on how to make a bomb, how to make illegal drugs, how to make a machine gun, how to grow marijuana, how to start a prostitution ring, how to scam on your taxes, or any other subject I may or may not have interest in. It is great an exchange of ideas is allowed even if the ideas are about an illegal topic.

 

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have. – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Message, Veto of the McCarran Act, 9/22/50

 

It scares me some think it would be a good thing to control ideas and opinions. It might sound good when you agree, but some day someone will be in power that you do not agree with.

Very nicely said. I completely agree.

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Homosexuality is a personal choice and so is reading/selling books. The 1st ammendment is numero uno for a reason... Because its THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT we have as americans(besides the right to live). Take this site for instance... It wouldn't be here if not for the 1st ammendment. No need to get the moral police involved with an issue like this. If u don't like it don't read it. If you don't like walmart for selling this book then don't shop there.

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Homosexuality is a personal choice and so is reading/selling books. The 1st ammendment is numero uno for a reason... Because its THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT we have as americans(besides the right to live). Take this site for instance... It wouldn't be here if not for the 1st ammendment. No need to get the moral police involved with an issue like this. If u don't like it don't read it. If you don't like walmart for selling this book then don't shop there.

I would disagree with you about homosexuality being a personal choice, I used to feel that way, but now actually believe that it is hard wired into the genetic code of the individual. Just as my predisposition is to enjoy nice breasts and behinds, I couldn't change that if I wanted to, no choice involved.

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I agree almost 100%. I was just generalizing in my previous statement.

 

My oldest daughter was assaulted about 5 yrs ago... She was only 13. She was boy crazy until that happened. Now, she has decided that she is gay. She made a personal choice. I catch her looking at boys all the time but she has a girlfriend. I don't think she was hardwired to be gay at all but the trauma she went thru has changed her.

 

What makes it worse is that it was a preachers son that assaulted her. Now she is even skeptical about religion. Messed her up real bad. If u so much as touch her wrists with one finger she freaks out and has a mini panic attack.

 

Anyways, point is she wasn't gay. Her traumatic experience has made her afraid of men and so... She seeks out women.

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I love the fact that I can buy a book on how to make a bomb, how to make illegal drugs, how to make a machine gun, how to grow marijuana, how to start a prostitution ring, how to scam on your taxes, or any other subject I may or may not have interest in. It is great an exchange of ideas is allowed even if the ideas are about an illegal topic.

 

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have. – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Message, Veto of the McCarran Act, 9/22/50

 

It scares me some think it would be a good thing to control ideas and opinions. It might sound good when you agree, but some day someone will be in power that you do not agree with.

 

 

Very nicely said. I completely agree.

 

 

Yo Rev'

 

I think I just gained some understanding in another thread

 

Thanks2 :goodjob:

 

I agree almost 100%. I was just generalizing in my previous statement.

 

My oldest daughter was assaulted about 5 yrs ago... She was only 13. She was boy crazy until that happened. Now, she has decided that she is gay. She made a personal choice. I catch her looking at boys all the time but she has a girlfriend. I don't think she was hardwired to be gay at all but the trauma she went thru has changed her.

 

What makes it worse is that it was a preachers son that assaulted her. Now she is even skeptical about religion. Messed her up real bad. If u so much as touch her wrists with one finger she freaks out and has a mini panic attack.

 

Anyways, point is she wasn't gay. Her traumatic experience has made her afraid of men and so... She seeks out women.

 

 

Saddens me to hear the two of you can no longer share that loving touch

 

My sincere condolences

 

thanks for sharing

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Saddens me too. She was a normal 13 year old. Then she just... Changed. Used to have a lot of guy friends but when that happened she shut out a lot of people. Mostly boys.

 

Worst part is, I knew something was up. She stayed the nite at the kids house several times. She was friends with his sister (whom, btw, had a very strange habit of cutting herself).

 

One day she wanted to stay the nite but I kept saying no. We had to travel downstate for the wknd. Needless to say I was a pushover. I KNEW something was awry with her friends brother and didn't want to lesve town and let her stay there. I ignored my hunch to my daughter's detriment. I can't get over it myself.

 

Worst part is... The kid got a slap on the wrist. No sex offender list (I pushed for the courts to make him register to no avail), no jail time, just a few months probation.

 

After all was said and done he moved. Then a bunch of other girls came to my daughter and said, "hey.... Me too."

 

If he wouldve had a joint on him they would have locked him up. But no. He was a preachers son and got special treatment... A get-out-of-jail-free card and another chance to do it again. And he will... Rest assured.

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I would disagree with you about homosexuality being a personal choice, I used to feel that way, but now actually believe that it is hard wired into the genetic code of the individual. Just as my predisposition is to enjoy nice breasts and behinds, I couldn't change that if I wanted to, no choice involved.

 

I think it depends on the person and that is why the subject is so muddled. Some people it is just who they are and they have no more choice than the color of their hair. Others can easily go either way and discover which they like best through experimentation.

 

Either way I agree with the freedom of speech comments. It is exactly the minority opinion that is most important to protect no matter how despicable the opinion is.

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I love the fact that I can buy a book on how to make a bomb, how to make illegal drugs, how to make a machine gun, how to grow marijuana, how to start a prostitution ring, how to scam on your taxes, or any other subject I may or may not have interest in. It is great an exchange of ideas is allowed even if the ideas are about an illegal topic.

 

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have. – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Message, Veto of the McCarran Act, 9/22/50

 

It scares me some think it would be a good thing to control ideas and opinions. It might sound good when you agree, but some day someone will be in power that you do not agree with.

I see your point, too, but I'm afraid the book will cause a lot more harm.

 

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First and foremost, i am so sorry to hear of what your daughter went through. i worked with abused and neglected kids for 10 years. and i have seen a bunch of kids go through this trauma, and find freedom and a higher level of a sense of self than most other people alive. i certainly hope she can get to a place again soon to let you hug her. those hugs can cure the evil that was done to her.

 

back to the thread (in an obviously sarcastic and decidedly Hastings tone)

 

What'll cure these gays is a lot more hate! We'll shame them outta their gaiety!

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I think it's wonderful that these people have been able to perfect themselves to such an extent that they are now qualified to tell others how to live their lives.

 

"You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye." - Jesus of Nazareth

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