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Christian politician claims gays need help. A leading Christian Democratic Party (KrF) politician alleges many homosexuals want help ‘converting’ to heterosexuality. “The fact that a lot of homosexuals carry round a wish to get help in changing their sexual orientation towards the opposite gender should not be suppressed. Not wishing to see this is perhaps discriminating against those amongst us who are weaker,” Haakon Brænden, KrF’s country leader in Oslo wrote in a forum post on the Party’s web pages. Alleging “as far as I know, trials in the US showed that a quarter of men with homosexual tendencies have returned to heterosexual ones”, he answered in an email when questioned by NRK that, “his concern is to help those who want help themselves.”

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Christian politician claims gays need help

Published on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011 at 14:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd August 2011 at 18:38.

A leading Christian Democratic Party (KrF) politician alleges many homosexuals want help ‘converting’ to heterosexuality.

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“The fact that a lot of homosexuals carry round a wish to get help in changing their sexual orientation towards the opposite gender should not be suppressed. Not wishing to see this is perhaps discriminating against those amongst us who are weaker,” Haakon Brænden, KrF’s country leader in Oslo wrote in a forum post on the Party’s web pages.

Alleging “as far as I know, trials in the US showed that a quarter of men with homosexual tendencies have returned to heterosexual ones”, he answered in an email when questioned by NRK that, “his concern is to help those who want help themselves.”

Leader of Sarpsborg KrF Inger Marit Sverresen calls his statements “significant”.

“I believe a lid has been placed on this topic. I think it is important to take this up in an open way so that those who want help to achieve this get the opportunity to do so.”

However, Party colleague Gaute Brækken, who is homosexual, distances himself from Mr Brænden’s remarks, saying he is “surprised” and that they “are contrary to official KrF policy”.

Deputy Leader of the Open Church Group for Lesbians and Gays, Geir Wiknes, thinks they belong in the past.

“I feel they are extremely hurtful. This is especially on behalf of all who surround themselves with these types of attitudes and answer for who they are, and who are forced by the congregation, priests, or their friends to think less of themselves. It’s a view of humanity that has passed its expiry date.”

Mr Brænden has since removed his post and “apologises if someone feels wounded” by it.



Published on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011 at 14:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd August 2011 at 18:38.

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