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Australian psychologist fights for the right to ban gay sex

  • Keith Patrick Murphy

    He is a disgrace to his profession. So much hatred

  • JackAlison

    yes well pocock is representative of a groundswell of very backward right wing politics in a VERY backward country. Australia likes to market itself as progressive but unfortunately it is a red neck culture that still cannot grow up and actually continues to embarass itself woefully on the world stage with its appalling human rights record.
    The concentration camps that pass for detention centres for asylum seekers and the treatment of black australians are remarkable in their nastiness meaness and spite.

    • http://batman-news.com Robert

      Grow up – the ONLY reason gay marriage got passed in the UK is because Cameron leads a minority govt with the lib dems – would still be held up otherwise. On almost every front Australia easily wins out in many quality of life and equality indicators. Sure red neck attitudes exist but that is not the complete picture. And any country that would just fling its doors open to all and sundry would be mad. Mind you I believe asylum seekers should be processed onshore, see no harm in that. But get your facts straight mate before you start arriving at over-generalised, erroneous conclusions.

  • dm10003

    It’s one thing to fight to express one’s views, but to suppress the rights of others goes far beyond expressing opinions. He sounds like a child.

    • Serkan M

      Absolutely. It’s like gay marriage. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. But don’t stop everyone else from doing it.

  • That There Other David

    There’s a theory that many psychologists are drawn to the profession due to being so mentally messed-up themselves.

    This is definitely evidence for one side of that argument.

    • Funkylover

      As a psychotherapist myself I find it distasteful and down right disgusting that someone spouting this hate is allowed to retain their license to practice and to work with clients. It is one of the fundamental tenets of training in counselling/psychotherapy/psychology that any attempt to change someones sexual orientation is potentially damaging to an individual.

      Something that I did find odd about the article though was that he was only to attend supervision for 12 months. Now I don’t know about Australia but in the UK and Ireland it is a mandatory requirement that you attend supervision at least once a month depending on your client load for your entire career as a practitioner.

      in response to your statement David about being drawn to the profession by being mentally messed up themselves. That is a bit sweeping however there is a lot of truth in a way. A lot of people who train as therapist’s do so because of pain, then they in turn are counselling people in pain. Same as with addiction counsellor’s quite a lot of them would have come from a background of personal addiction and once clean and sober they undergo training to work with others in addiction.

      The purposes of a rigorous training coupled with extensive personal therapy and supervision that each trainee undergoes is meant to for lack of a better term weed out those who are unsuitable a therapists but unfortunately some always slip through.

      • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

        Isn’t it also difficult to dissuade professionals from “treating” homosexuality as a disease, when they can make large sums of money from doing so, more or less forever, since it cannot be “cured”?

    • Bikerman

      Yes, I agree. One unit of my masters degree was ‘Art as Therapy’. It was like moths to a flame!

  • Michael D Barber

    Why hasn’t the licensure board pulled his license? He is not practicing modern psychiatry but some form of voodoo.

  • gw80

    Ban gay sex says bald man with mustache..

    • Steven Gregory

      Then he put on his black leather vest and cap, and stormed out in his skin-tight button-fly jeans with the red bandana in the right-hand rear pocket.

      • Truth

        Haha. Spot on. “Show me a homophobe – I’ll show you a closet case”!

        • Steven Gregory

          In the wise words of THE ONION: “Stereotypes exist for a reason.” We’ve certainly seen plenty of loud, angry anti-gay obsessives who are desperate to be caught with their pants down so they can finally be free.

  • David_in_Houston

    ““In terms of seeing patients, I explain my position and offer to refer them on, I say that I don’t agree with homosexuality or adultery…”

    He forgot bestiality and incest. Bigoted assholes like him always include bestiality and incest when making inane comparisons to gay people. He must be slipping. Because, as we all know, being gay is exactly the same thing as cheating on your spouse, or screwing a sheep, or raping children. What a douche bag.

  • Serkan M

    I find it ridiculous, that this man even works as a psychologist if this is how he feels.

    For example, if you you were very religious in terms of alcohol, you wouldn’t work at a bar. You can’t say ‘well I only serve non-alcoholic drinks’.

    Secondly, why does he care what people do in their bedrooms anyway? If anything, he should understand that ‘gay sex’ is a part of human nature. He is being utterly ridiculous.

    • Truth

      He cares because, as many recent studies have shown, people who struggle with or are in denial of their own same-sex attraction ‘issues’ become rabid homophobes. By attempting to stop EVERYONE from having gay sex, he is really trying to rid himself of his ‘gay demons’. The bigger the homophobe, the bigger the closet case. How many virulent anti-gay evangelists and Tories have eventually come out ….?

  • andy

    Why does this not surprise me from a country ruled by 18th century bigots?

    One day, maybe, Australia will catch up with more enlightened countries…until then they should lock away this idiot.

    • Karen

      more than happy too catch up with enlightened countries if you could just point out which ones they are?

      • andy

        Try… Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Luxemberg, Germany, France, United Kingdom…. etc., etc…

        • Karen

          United Kingdom, Sweden and France, Italy, Germany all have systemic issues with regard to racism and homophobia. We all have parts of our population we would probably like to lock away.
          At this particular point in the Oz political realm, I would agree that enlightenment is not a word I would use either.

  • hudstar2011 .

    The Australian Government decided a make believe entity gives people the right to discriminate without prosecution … most people ignore this but some nutters take full advantage of this deluded vision of freedom

    • Steven Gregory

      Government involvement with religion is heinous.

      A group of non-religious business owners decided to explore what it would take to open a tax-exempt bar. After all, isn’t that just about what most churches are… with day care and a jacuzzi? They found out they could do it if they adopted a modern mythology and created a mission for community service (soup kitchen, clothes closet, emergency food pantry). There is already a Catholic church in the south suburbs that has a restaurant and winery attached, why not?

      Turns out a lot of churches objected and religious city officials moved in to block their progress. I hope they try again, just to show how ludicrous it is that any of those glorified piggy banks are tax exempt.

  • Helge Vladimir Tiller

    So I experienced this bullshit again ! I remember from my long life that psychologists said so much nonsense about us. But we fought back, and won. WE- The LGBTQ community in many countries are victorious. So never mind this idiot !

    • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

      Let’s also take a moment to recognise that this could never have been achieved without the support of our heterosexual families, friends and political allies.

  • Daniel

    Dim-witted folk like this chap who continue to have archaic and outdated views and hatred based on a natural physical characteristic can continue to have those views for the entirety of his life.
    What he does not have the right to do is legislate in favour of inequality, nor withdraw services based on his beliefs.

  • white squirrel

    patriachal abrahmic religion – yet again
    wonder how he would enforce the ban on ‘every form of sex other than vaginal- given that would restrict hetero couple too – the only way would be government CCTV camera’s in every bedroom

  • barrybear1980

    He needs to be struck off for demonstrating such views. Surely his behaviour is a violation of the code of ethics for his profession?

  • Mum of two

    What
    a sad individual. Does he know homosexuality has been around a long
    time or does he just think it’s all starting now? Hasn’t affected us
    adversely since the dawn of humans so what’s his problem? He’s a closet
    homosexual who can’t stand the idea of being one. The problem is with
    himself, he needs therapy.

  • JackAlison

    “But get your facts straight mate before you start arriving at over-generalised, erroneous conclusions.”
    Australia’s flag still has the Union Jack in the corner. Grow up? It s the 21st century NOT the 18th century.

    The Queen is STILL!!?? the head of state. She is the SUPREME unelected head of Australian “democracy” we have no president .. its is the Queen.

    Australia is the only developed country in the OECD without a constitutional bill of rights protecting human rights.
    In its 4 yearly United Nations review Australia was asked by NORWAY and the UK how it can guarentee citizens their human rights with no right of redress such as EU citizens have with the european court of human rights…

    In 2007 Australia suspended the anti-discrimination laws protecting black Australians and their reservations and sent in the MIlitary, the police and doctors under the specious pretext that children were being abused and made black ppl. and their children undergo obligatory STI and HIV tests without consent. NOTHING WAS FOUND.

    FACT. 42 percent of the worlds known reserves of Uranium is on those reservations. The racial discrimination act protecting blacks has never been reinstituted.

    Australia has instituted laws recently to excise the entire Australian mainland off the map from refugees. If you land in australia you will be sent to a concentration camp OFFSHORE.
    The Manus Island dentention center is so bad and so abusive to asylum seekers that UN has warned Australia it is in violation of its international obligations to care for these desperate people.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/ashamed-to-be-australian-doctor-slams-manus-island-centre-20130429-2iov1.html

    Oh and on gay marriage?? Australia is so vindictive to its gay and lesbian citizens that it changed the very vague marriage act of 1965 in 2004 to specifically exclude thru legal wording same sex couples from getting married. and it went further and instructed every australian embassy and consulate NOT to issue certificates of non impedimate to Aussi gays could not marry their spouses in foreign countries…YES real fine equality indicators
    NO YOU GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT AND YOUR HEAD OUTTA UR ASS!!!MATE

  • Steve Franklin

    An individual can successfully train and enter into a profession such as psychology and be effective in that field. There is no reason to assume that all individuals doing so are impervious to developing an illness at sometime in their professional life…they are after all..only human. I feel sorry for this fellow and hope that his state of mind, which is contrary to the fundamental training of all psychologists, has not had too detrimental an effect on those he has had an opportunity to care for. Shame.

  • Dolly Digest

    Robert, that is inaccurate – all three main UK parties (Lib-Dem, Labour and Conservative) were in support of the equal marriage bill. Only a tiny minority of back bench MPs from each of the parties sought to sabotage the bill. Each party was so sure of a majority support for the bill that the partys gave MPs the ‘free vote’ rather than force MPs to follow the party line.

    I agree with your other statement inferring that the Australian racists and homophobes are the minority – I too disagree with using generalisations and sweeping statements.

  • PeterinSydney

    This silly man should go to a psychologist himself, and get his head sorted out.

  • Rumbelow

    “I say that I don’t agree with homosexuality”

    What a cock, he’s simply not agreeing with reality, he may as well disagree with the moon and criminalise it because he prefers the sun, or disagree with dinky villages and make them illegal because he prefers cities, he could as easily disagree with the tide and work towards banning that because he likes the sea always to be out or perhaps he could disagree with grass-covered fields when he’d rather see barren landscapes of dirt and rock made the only legal option. Seems he has a severe mental problem making him unfit to practise his chosen profession.

  • Frank Boulton

    It strikes me that this “psychologist” remains entitled to his hateful views. It’s just his practice that’s being supervised. He has no place practicing in a branch of medicine. We go to healthcare professionals for treatment, not for judgment.

  • Steven Gregory

    He’s seriously mentally ill. Suspend his license to practice and order him to undergo care.

  • Truth

    “Me thinks the lady doth protest too loudly”. By trying to ban everyone from indulging in gay sex, is he really trying to rid himself of homosexual tendencies and thoughts? Is it a manifestation of self-hatred being projected onto others? This psychological issue is, I believe, at the heart of most homophobia.

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