Joseph Nicolosi is one of the those bigoted psychologists who think gay people can and should be “cured” of homosexuality. He was one of the founders of NARTH. He’s also a rather blatant liar, as demonstrated recently in his response to Exodus International director Alan Chambers admitting that homosexuality is not cured by such therapy. Chambers said this recently on Facebook:
As for Reparative Therapy, I do not support it. I don’t think it’s “fine.” They use pornography as a means of making people “100% straight.” We stopped allowing Joe Nicolosi to teach because he encouraged attendees to pick up heterosexual porn to encourage heterosexuality. Also, he and others have said that they can “cure” people 100% of SSA. That’s [not] within a human’s ability to state concretely.
And Nicolosi replied by saying that he has never claimed that reparative therapy could cure same-sex attraction completely:
Alan, what you are saying is untrue. I have never said I could cure someone completely from homosexuality. All my books make it quite clear that homosexual attractions will persist to some degree throughout a person’s lifetime.
But this was a lie. Not only has he claimed that, he’s claimed it directly to Chambers himself, promising that he could do exactly that. After an appearance by Chambers on the Dr. Drew show, during which he said that he still had same-sex attraction even though he was the leader of an ex-gay group and was now married to a woman, Nicolosi wrote him the following email:
I have not seen yet your appearance on the T.V. show and of course, I always know how unfair and stressful these events are. But again, it is such a disservice to represent the alternative to gay but stating you are still struggling. It is not a very inspiring option to the many young people who may be hearing your message.
The point Alan is that you can get to a place where there is no more homosexuality. Really.
You can actually get to a place where you can willfully (sic) think of an SSA image and have no bodily sensation.
Why stop half way? Why not do further work and finish the task and have it completely behind you. consider this invitation, not only for your sake but also as a testimony of complete healing to truly motivate others.
We have the therapeutic tools to get you over what ever SSA is remaining.
You know I am your friend. I am willing to help you. I’ll work with you personally if you like.
Please consider this invitation I offer you as a brother (O.K., a Catholic brother) in Christ.
Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D.
So was he lying when he said he could cure Chambers of all same sex attraction completely? Or is he lying now when he claims he never said that? Both, actually. Anything to keep his racket going.