We’ve seen some pretty funny versions of “pray away the gay” reversion therapy, but this one may take the cake. Pastor Raymond Bell of the Cowboy Church of Virginia says he can make gay people straight by having them ride and stroke horses. And no, I’m not making this up.
But Bell says the horses in his church, a cowboy ranch in the south, are part of teaching men to stop being gay and encourage them to be more masculine.
‘EAP can help any person who is living the homosexual lifestyle or involved in it in anyway,’ he told Gay Star News.
‘The first common misconception is that homosexuality is genetic, or hereditary, or as some say “born this way”.
‘Homosexuality is actually a type of addiction. It is not “curable” as a disease because it is a “choice driven” by the person.’
Bell said he uses EAP to identify how a person got ‘involved’ in homosexuality to begin with. For example, because of rape, abandonment, lacking a male role model, abuse, and having low self-esteem.
He said: ‘Homosexuality is a secondary effect from a single, or multiple, primary events in a person’s life.’
When asked if the therapy ever worked, or if it was even valid, the pastor said ‘it is not now, nor has it ever been, in question’.
Gives a whole new meaning to the term “barebacking.”