July 28, 2011 | by Phil Reese
Log Cabin repudiates Ann Coulter’s endorsement of ‘reparative therapy.’

Wednesday night while appearing on the Joy Behar show, Ann Coulter endorsed the idea that some gay people can ‘pray away the gay,’ and expressed a belief that the military should be a heterosexual male-only institution.

“Not only that, I not only want open gays in the military, I don’t want open girls in the military,” the conservative pundit told Behar.

The nation’s best known organization representing LGBT Republicans quickly responded Thursday with a statement condemning Coulter’s remarks, which also appeared to conclude Coulter believes that gays and lesbians can change their orientation through prayer.

“Ann Coulter is not a serious part of the conservative movement – her positions are a throwback and do more harm than anything else,” R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement. “Her remarks endorsing the widely outdated and profoundly harmful idea of ‘reparative therapy,’ alleging that one can ‘pray the gay away,’ are not only demeaning to gays and lesbians, but are offensive to all people of faith.”

The organization’s rebuke is in direct response to Coulter’s remark about a Coulter fan who had ‘found God,’ and  ”now he’s not gay anymore.”

When Behar pressed Ann to clarify her beliefs on whether or not prayer can “cure” homosexuality, she justified her position.

“There are some people… maybe they weren’t really gay to begin with, maybe they were molested as children. There are people that go that way.”

“We think she’s a loudmouth headline-seeking opportunist, exploiting this issue to advance her career,” Wayne Besen, Founder and Executive Director of Truth Wins Out, told the Blade. “She lacks about as much evidence as she does integrity, so we don’t take anything she says seriously.”

“Unfortunately, some of her dim-witted followers may believe what she says to be true, and that’s why she’s dangerous,” Besen concluded.

LCR’s Cooper also addressed Coulter’s military readiness statements.

“While her position on this matter is off base, it is exacerbated by her claim that the armed forces should bring back ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ a failed policy which impedes military readiness,” Cooper said. “Servicemembers who put their lives on the line deserve respect, not such clownish behavior.”

Coulter also mentioned that she hoped New York getting marriage equality meant, “maybe they will shut up about it.”

“I want ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ for all of society.”

Log Cabin took this statement on directly, saying, “Ann Coulter may be tired of gay and lesbian Americans speaking out, but Americans, gay and straight, are tired of her overwrought and offensive behavior.”

“While it is encouraging to see Log Cabin Republicans repudiate Ann Coulter’s stance on so-called ‘reparative therapy’,” Michael Mitchell Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats told the Blade, “the unfortunate truth is that many of the elected representatives within the GOP side with Coulter. If Coulter really believes in ‘praying away the gay’ one has to wonder what she thinks of her buddies at GOProud.”

“Conservatives will continue to be painted with the hate-filled brush wielded by Ann Coulter for as long as they continue to give her a forum to spew her vile rhetoric,” Mitchell concluded.

 

13 Comments
  • Coulter is a dull, small minded entertainer relying on the shock value associated with saying profoundly stupid things to promote her book of the moment. She will be of real value to society when she volunteers to serve as a septic tank cleaner, IF she can manage to do the job correctly. Big if.

    Until that time, she can just suk it.

  • I think it is about time that Ann Coulter gets the same treatment as Glenn Beck. Advertisers of shows she frequents need to be told their products will be boycotted if she is on that show. She needs to be denied a platform from which to speak. I think Joy’s show should get the first round of letters. I think I will send mine now.

  • Wow. I wish Ann Coulter could be cured by prayer. But I’m thinking not. I have a feeling she’s going to continue to be just as vicious, ignorant and slimey as she has been. So much for reparative therapy!

  • I think it’s time everyone just gives Ann Coulter the silent treatment. I personally don’t think she believes half the nonsense she says; I think she simply wants attention. Surely there’s some kind of “reparative therapy” for this poor person’s attention-craving behavior, but press coverage surely isn’t it.

  • Too bad prayer doesn’t cure ignorance.

  • No ONE with a brain takes her seriously! She “garbs headlines” with stupid staements and laughs all the way to the bank!

  • Peter Rosenstein

    Ann Coulter has been offensive yesterday, is offensive today and will continue to be offensive tomorrow. I actually feel sorry for Coulter who feels she needs to continue to spout inanities to be heard but then people like Joy Behar continue to fall for it and book her for their shows. So Coulter wins. It is time for right thinking people like Behar and other decent people to shut their doors to Coulter. If Behar can’t get an audience without the likes of Coulter she should be off the air.

  • STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT .with .str8 people in the military…we have to pay for who they are sleeping with,we have to pay for the product of who they slept with,also insurance for them, food and housing on or off base its called sep rations ..etc etc etc .with gays you pay for just that PERSON .so whose the better canidate …done here

  • Coulter should try to “pray away the stupid” then get back to us on how well that works.

  • I don’t think Joy Behar agrees with a word Ann Coulter says. She used to openly dislike her and that’s putting it mildly. The talk shows continue to book her because she sells books, or is it that she sells books because the talk shows put her on. I think Joy finds her entertaining because she is so ridiculous. AC is really a comedian in my opinion, says outrageous things to get attention, and laughs all the way the bank.

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