The British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has struck a blow for progressive people everywhere, by taking away the senior accredited status of psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington. Ms. Pilkington committed the horribly unprofessional offense of fulfilling the request of Patrick Strudwick to help him overcome his unwanted homosexual tendencies. Strudwick claimed that his homosexuality was causing him to be depressed. The BACP ruling acknowledged that Strudwick “was comfortable and accepting of her approach, such as saying “Amen” at the end of prayers,” and telling Pilkington that he had recently become more religious.
The BACP declared such therapy as “reckless,” “disrespectful,” and “dogmatic.” They demand that psychotherapists “affirm” homosexuality, even if the client does not. (The BACP is also considering issuing guidelines that psychotherapists affirm “natural” suicidal tendencies even if the client does not. After all, what the hell do clients know about psychotherapy anyway!)
It turns out that the Strudwick was not being totally honest with Pilkington. (In clinical terms this is known as “Lying.”) It seems he was not really interested in overcoming his homosexuality; he was involved in a “sting” operation. He deliberately misled Pilkington in order “to root out therapists and psychiatrists who are practicing these techniques…The ultimate aim was to prevent religious groups from offering counseling which aims to change sexual orientation.” If it is unclear to the reader what this has to do with married men “coming out of the closet” please read on.
In a related story, sociology professor, Eric Anderson, graced us all with a dazzling display of wisdom and enlightenment in his new book, The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating. It seems that Anderson has uncovered a startling, hitherto fore unknown fact about the male of our species: many men experience difficulty remaining faithful in monogamous relationships. “The end result of this disconnect between the expectation of fidelity and men’s inability to stay monogamous is heartache and disillusionment. The sooner we let go of the monogamy ideal, the happier we’ll all be.” I ask the reader’s forgiveness for putting this in what might be perhaps confusing, clinical and scientific terminology: Men would like to have sex with lots of different women. (Now I understand why Anderson made it to the rank of Professor.) It seems that Anderson’s findings were confirmed by rigorous scientific investigation. He made his incredible discovery by surreptitiously eavesdropping on male locker room conversations all over the world. (Actually, Anderson’s findings are old news. None other than Jimmy Carter – though arguably the most incompetent President in history, he is a male – confessed in a November, 1976 interview in Playboy magazine that “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times.”)
Anderson has empowered men to have the courage to come out of the closet. We are sick and tired of being BULLIED by womyn (politically correct and non gender-discriminatory term for female), be they wives, girlfriends, or significant others. How cruel of them to expect us to practice fidelity by changing our genetically wired and – dare I say it – Gd given sexual orientation. In fact, it should be classified as a hate crime! Let men everywhere demand that the BACP and the American Psychiatric Association issue new guidelines for mental health professionals and marriage counselors. Womyn must be told, in no uncertain terms, that men are entitled to be true to themselves. Not only should mistresses and polygamy be encouraged, but we must create new ceremonies affirming committed adulterous relationships.
What are we to make of all of the above? What comes to mind are the final moments of the classic 1957 film, Bridge Over the River Kwai, when Major Clipton (James Donald), upon witnessing the blood-letting with which the film ends, screams out in horror: Madness! Madness!
Rabbi Moshe Averick is an orthodox rabbi, a regular columnist for the Algemeiner Journal, and author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. It is available on Amazon.com and Kindle. Rabbi Averick can be reached via his website. If you wish to be informed when new articles appear, send an email to email@example.com with the email address and the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.