web analytics
August 27, 2014 / 1 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Chris Christie and the LGBT Agenda

This bill is an assault on the right of parents to utilize their discretion in raising their children.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Monday that makes it illegal for state licensed therapists to try turning lesbian and gay minors straight.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Monday that makes it illegal for state licensed therapists to try turning lesbian and gay minors straight.
Photo Credit: Facebook

I used to be a Chris Christie fan. The New Jersey governor’s candid, blunt responses to almost any question that came his way always seemed to create an aura of conviction – a certain sincerity rarely seen in today’s politicians.

This quality undoubtedly helped make him the rising national political star he’s become, with many speculating that he’s destined for the White House.

So I was appalled when Christie last week signed into law a bill banning so-called gay conversion therapy in New Jersey.

Bill no. 3371 prohibits the counseling of any individual under 18 years of age by any counselor, whether a licensed mental health professional or clergy member, that would attempt to change the patient’s sexual orientation. The bill defines this counseling as “the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.”

Yet it explicitly exempts therapy for “a person seeking to transition from one gender to another, or counseling that provides acceptance [or] support” for homosexuality.

Thus, anyone under 18 struggling with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction [SSA) is precluded from receiving the help he or she may want even with parental consent. At the same time, parents are allowed to use their discretion to seek professional help to affirm their child’s SSA!

New Jersey is the second state in the nation, following California, to enact such legislation. (California’s law is currently on hold pending a ruling on its constitutionality by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.)

This bill is objectionable for several reasons. It is an assault on religious freedom as well as on the right of parents to utilize their discretion in raising their children. It also unfairly denies young people (religious or not) the opportunity to pursue help they may desperately want in order to live life as they see fit.

In signing the bill into law, Christie cited findings by the American Psychological Association that conversion therapy “can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts,” and concluded that “exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”

For a governor who as recently as a year ago vetoed a same sex marriage bill in his state, this latest stance is ironic and highly disappointing.

The governor acknowledged in a recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan that engaging in homosexual activity is a sin according to various religious doctrines (though he noted that he himself does not hold that belief). Yet the analysis that led him to sign this bill into law – namely, his conclusion that there is no “clear evidence of benefits” to conversion therapy to outweigh the alleged risks – completely disregards the rights of those who believe in a Higher Power and indeed regard homosexual behavior as a sin.

And his failure to acknowledge that there are those who believe living a life free of that particular sin – and fulfilling God’s intended purpose for human beings – is a benefit sufficient to outweigh the risks enumerated by the American Psychological Association is truly a slap in the face to anyone who subscribes to these religious beliefs.

Whether the pursuit of one’s religious convictions is worth the potential risks as assessed by the American Psychological Association is not the role of the legislature or the governor – it’s the role of the individual and his or her parents.

What about a 17 year old who just happens to enjoy the culture he has been brought up in and would like to be have a traditional family? Or the 14 year old who would like to learn how to adjust his mannerisms so as to not be bullied in school? The level of government intrusion this bill represents is seemingly unprecedented (besides for California) in its attempt to control what goals are promoted in a private counseling session. Would the governor sign legislation restricting elective cosmetic surgery on minors? Surely there are risks inherent in those procedures. Or perhaps even legislation restricting a minor from becoming transgender?

Considering that there are organizations in our own community that have been able to provide conversion therapy, with some degree of success, to those seeking it, the passage of this bill is especially saddening. We should collectively voice our concerns to our representatives in government, as New York legislators have already begun discussions to introduce a similar bill.

Time is hardly on our side. Our country’s progression in passing legislation sympathetic to the same-sex agenda has been moving at an ever-quickening pace.

Just seventeen years ago we had a Democrat as president who signed legislation defining marriage as a union exclusively involving one man and one woman, and not one state had as yet legalized gay marriage.

Seventeen years later, we have undone the federal definition of marriage, thirteen states have embraced same-sex marriage, and a Republican presidential hopeful has banned conversion therapy for young adults looking to follow their religious convictions and seek professional help in resisting temptation.

Kudos to Agudath Israel for being the only policy organization to issue a press release condemning the new law.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

12 Responses to “Chris Christie and the LGBT Agenda”

  1. Benny Gamal says:

    Joey I urge to stop attending law school right away.
    You are not that incredibly adept about understand both the law and the political process. And, I am a straight (VERY) fifty year old who is married and my wife and I have three children, BARUCH HASHEM.
    Now, you really don't know what you are talking about and should not be writing on the subject… neither should Agudos Israel because they are generally perceived as being a "Negative Organization" and I have found little evidence to the Contracry. As for Gov. Christie, how would you feel if he did not vote to include Anti-Semitism in "Bullying Legislation" which has been mandated by the Federal Government. I guess, you only like when the protect us Jews, but you can't comprehend that there are other groups (who have "Agendas and Lobby's and also should be acknowledged as a group in need of protection.
    I guess this why you go to Hofstra and I graduated from Cardozo.
    Please go into opinion journalism rather than the BAR.
    Sincerely,
    Benny Gamal

  2. Benny Gamal says:

    Joey I urge to stop attending law school right away.
    You are not that incredibly adept about understand both the law and the political process. And, I am a straight (VERY) fifty year old who is married and my wife and I have three children, BARUCH HASHEM.
    Now, you really don't know what you are talking about and should not be writing on the subject… neither should Agudos Israel because they are generally perceived as being a "Negative Organization" and I have found little evidence to the Contracry. As for Gov. Christie, how would you feel if he did not vote to include Anti-Semitism in "Bullying Legislation" which has been mandated by the Federal Government. I guess, you only like when the protect us Jews, but you can't comprehend that there are other groups (who have "Agendas and Lobby's and also should be acknowledged as a group in need of protection.
    I guess this why you go to Hofstra and I graduated from Cardozo.
    Please go into opinion journalism rather than the BAR.
    Sincerely,
    Benny Gamal

  3. Jan Frank says:

    one is right one is wrong.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    Benny…your ad hominem attacks do not advance a discussion of the issues raised in this article. The writer raises questions i would like to see debated.

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    Benny…your ad hominem attacks do not advance a discussion of the issues raised in this article. The writer raises questions i would like to see debated.

  6. Thomas Nguy says:

    Goodness. Are you a law student…or a SHARIA law student?

    Your article reeks of the same noxious attitude towards gays that are ironically shared by our enemies, the Islamic Fascists.

    Christie did not infringe on anyone’s constitutional freedom because even a Sunday School Teacher knows there is NO SUCH THING as CONVERSION THERAPY in either the Jewish OR Christian Bible. The Hebrews had only one ONE bronze aged prescription for gays which remains in effect today but for the overriding secular values of our modern age. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Death by stoning. And according to Christians, excommunication from family, followed by eternal hell fire damnation.

    What young adult wouldn’t want to ‘convert’ (or ‘follow their religious conviction’ as you so euphemistically say) to escape the constant weight of such criminal threat and mental abuse?

    Your howls of ‘religious persecution’ are no more valid, rational or constitutional than the Massachusetts Puritans who decried Jefferson and Madison for supplanting their witch-burning-conversion-therapy values with a far superior, secular judicial system based on reason and evidence.
    You are NO constitutionalist. You are a Pharisee through and through.

  7. Benny and Thomas you are both wrong, America is getting more and more ungodly and pushing that which has been forbidden, so it is persecution against those of us who see homosexuality as a sin, and those who sincerely want to turn away from these sinfull acts should be able to obtain counselling for same. Don't think that homosexuals have a love for the Lord G-d of Israel.

  8. Benny and Thomas you are both wrong, America is getting more and more ungodly and pushing that which has been forbidden, so it is persecution against those of us who see homosexuality as a sin, and those who sincerely want to turn away from these sinfull acts should be able to obtain counselling for same. Don't think that homosexuals have a love for the Lord G-d of Israel.

  9. how can you believe in the Lord G-d of Israel and promote this garbarge you speak, Are you sure you are an Israelite and have a love of the Lord G-d in your heart. shame on you.

  10. I agree, but love of G-d would also constitute that an homosexual who wishes to change their lifestyle should be able to have counselling the same as anyone else, we dont stone people anymore, plus like an alcoholic the desire to want to change has to be there in order to have success.

  11. Louis Mindes says:

    Excellent and well written article. Political correctness is killing our youth. Progressives hate reparative therapy because it will cause the house of cards to fall. Nobody has died as a result of therapy however homosexuality is the root cause of over 15,000 deaths every year in the USA. Rabbi Schneerson said it best in 1986 – http://www.jonahweb.org/article.php?secId=128.

  12. Benny Gamal says:

    OK LOUIE …
    Has Rabbi Schneerson Zatsal been seen around town lately? I think Elvis would not like this article … and neither would the Great Rabbi. Louis – let's not confuse a wonderful Torah Life with the rights of others to coexist. That is what the Great Rabbi would say if he just happened to be kibbutzing with me next to 770 in Crown Highs!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
IDF soldiers examine fragments from a rocket that landed near Kibbutz El Rom, fired from Syria on July 14, 2014.
Mortar Fire in Golan Heights ‘Due to Syrian War’
Latest Indepth Stories
Mark Twain

Twain grasped amazingly well the pulse of the Jewish people.

Brudner-012414-Hollywood

The entertainment industry appears divided about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Grandparents of 4 year old Daniel Tragerman mourn during his funeral at the Hevel Shalom Cemetery in Southern Israel. The boy was murdered by Hamas.

Israelis in Gaza border communities need to get out; who will help them?

Jackie Mason

The contrast between the mentality of Israel and the mentality of Hamas was never so loudly expressed as when the Arab killers became heroes and the Jewish killers became prisoners.

There is a threat today representing a new category of missionary:They call themselves “Hayovel.”

Just as we would never grant legitimacy to ISIS, we should not grant legitimacy to Hamas.

Is Woodstock still leading the world to destruction?

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

Blaming Israel for the violence in Gaza, he ends up justifying Hamas’s terrorism.

In the Thirties it was common for anti-Semites to call on Jews to “go to Palestine!”

Obama never hid his contempt for the Israeli government or the majority of Israel’s voters.

“This arbitrary ban is an ugly stain on our democracy, and it also undermines the rule of law.”

We take US “aid” for psychological reasons-if we have an allowance, that means we have a father.

ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally, it is Greek operated.

Foolish me, thinking the goals were the destruction of Hamas thereby giving peace a real chance.

The free-spirted lifestyle didn’t hold your interest; the needs of your people did.

More Articles from Joseph Aron
Aron-062714-1

The agreement came as the New York State legislature was poised to approve remedial legislation requiring substantial changes in the city process.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Monday that makes it illegal for state licensed therapists to try turning lesbian and gay minors straight.

This bill is an assault on the right of parents to utilize their discretion in raising their children.

Car accident in the corner Amherst St. and Oriental BLVD. in Manhattan Beach. NYPD at scene.

MVA on Oriental BLVD. westbound between Amherst st. and West End Ave.
One minor injury, FDNY at the scene.

Hundreds attend the Hachnasas Sefer Torah for the Chabad of Manhattan Beach. West End Avenue was closed off for the entire event.

Thousands attend the annual Brighton Jubilee fair, spanning Brighton Beach road from Corbin to Coney Island Avenue. Fun for all ages!

A grey colored sedan collided with a man riding a scooter early Thursday afternoon.

A grey Toyota traveling northbound on Ocean PKWY was hit on the drivers side door as minivan traveling on the southbound lane of Ocean Pkwy. attempted to make a right turn onto Kings HWY.
Hatzalah is on the scene dealing with an injured occupant in the minivan.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/chris-christie-and-the-lgbt-agenda/2013/08/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: