'Ex-Gay Therapist' Richard Cohen Spars With Rachel Maddow
Earlier this year, a three-day anti-gay conference held in Uganda was led by three Americans who are allegedly responsible for the continuing anti-gay vigilantism in Uganda. Richard Cohen's International Healing Foundation, led by Caleb Lee Brundidge during the conference, is allegedly one of the three Americans responsible for the continuing anti-gay vigilantism. The other two Americans involved are EXODUS International board member Don Schmierer, and Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively.
Ex-Gay 'Therapist' Richard Cohen, of Richard Cohen's International Healing Foundation, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday to present his side of the story on the anti-homosexual movement in Uganda and Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009.
Richard Cohen claims he has helped thousands of people come out of ... homosexuality.
His work has drawn the ire of the LGBT community, and has also been used in Uganda to help justify an anti-homosexual movement that culminated in a legislative effort known as the "Kill The Gays Bill."
Cohen appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday to present his side of the story. He distanced himself from the Ugandan legislation, but continued to advocate his position that homosexuals can change their preferences.
"I realize I was taking the risk of helping promote you and the way that you think about these things by putting you on the air," Maddow said. "But I do think that you've actually got blood on your hands."
Later she added, "Just in case this gets heard in Uganda ... Richard Cohen is not licensed by any American or any other licensing body whatsoever."
During the segment, Maddow read passages from Cohen's book, Coming Out Straight, including one based on discredited research:
Homosexuals are at least 12 times more likely to molest children than heterosexuals; homosexual teachers are at least 7 times more likely to molest a pupil; homosexual teachers are estimated to have committed at least 25 percent of pupil molestation; 40 percent of molestation assaults were made by those who engage in homosexuality.
Cohen acknowledged that he plans on withdrawing the quote from future printings so that it cannot be used against homosexuals in the propaganda war in Uganda. However, he struggled to remember that his book still includes race as a possible factor in homosexuality.
Previously on NowPublic by this Author:
No visible ties, Christian leaders denounce Uganda anti-gay bill (Dec. 9, 2009)
It's not so invisible anymore: 'The Family's' influence in Uganda (Nov. 28, 2009)
Brown joins Harper against Uganda's Anti-homosexuality Bill 2009 (Nov. 28, 2009)
Harper to raise issue of Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill at Summit (Nov. 26, 2009)
US fundamentalist group at heart of Uganda's anti-gay law (November 26, 2009)
Uganda anti-gay bill has potential to divide Commonwealth leaders (November 25, 2009)
Museveni claims European gays are 'recruiting' Ugandan citizens (November 23, 2009)
Jefferson Awards winner recognizes genocide looming in Uganda (October 21, 2009)
Uganda's Daily Monitor raises its voice on behalf of defenseless (October 20, 2009)
Did Exodus conference in Uganda unleash anti-gay vigilantism? (October 19, 2009)
Human rights groups blast Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 (October 18, 2009)
Exodus International Holding Bryce Faulkner Hostage? (July 16, 2009)