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Click here to take you to the download pageFor some unknown reason, Facebook has blocked all links which go directly to the download page so if you wish to download this eBook please click here to take you to the page.Â The book was first published in 1630, and is considered one of the classics of the Puritan writings. The title of the book is of course taken from a passage in Isaiah, among the so-called âServant Songsâ which foretell the coming of the promised Messiah, and speak of His role as a suffering servant. Verse 3 of Isaiah 42 says: âA bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench; he shall bring forth judgment into truth.â And in Matthew 12: 18-20, right after a healing by Jesus, Matthew said this prophecy had been fulfilled in Christ. The prophecy predicted the manner in which Christ would carry out His ministry during His time in the flesh, i.e. in gentleness and mercy. Sibbes says: âWe see therefore, that the condition of those with whom He was to deal was that they were bruised reeds and smoking flax; not trees, but reeds; and not whole, but bruised reeds.â
On January 25, 2018, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Sam Brinton under the headline, âTortured in Gay Conversion Therapy.â (The online version posted January 24 read, âI Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And Itâs Still Legal in 41 States.â) Brinton frequently speaks and testifies in favor of laws to prohibit licensed therapists from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (which opponents refer to as âconversion therapyâ) with minors. (FRCâs defense of the right to choose such therapy can be found here).Brinton gives a shocking, first-person account. It includes this:The therapist ordered me bound to a table to have ice, heat and electricity applied to my body. I was forced to watch clips on a television of gay men holding hands, hugging and having sex. I was supposed to associate those images with the pain I was feeling to once and for all turn into a straight boy.I have just one question for the New York Times. Did you make any effort to fact-check Brintonâs claims?This is an opinion piece, you might respond. Since it reflects the writerâs opinion, it does not require fact-checking the way a news story doesâdoes it?The truth is, newspapers fact-check opinion pieces all the time. Various publications and websites routinely ask for links or other documentation for factual claims made in an opinion piece.Brintonâs piece, though, was a first-person account of his own experience. How can you âfact-checkâ someoneâs personal life experience?One way might be by checking it against previous accounts that Brinton himself has given of his own story. He has, after all, been sharing these allegations in the public square since 2010. If there are inconsistencies in the way he has described his own experience on different occasions, it might at least raise some doubts about the credibility of the overall account.Brintonâs Story UnverifiedI first wrote about Brintonâs story three and a half years ago on the FRC Blog, in an August 2014 piece titled, âTruth Matters in Ex-GayÂ Debate.â Part of what follows is an edited version of what I wrote then, with added comments at the end.Brintonâs story was apparently first captured, when he was a student at Kansas State, in a video interview by Nathan Manske of the âIâm from Driftwoodâ project, which seeks to create an âarchive of storiesâ on âwhat itâs like to be LGBTQ throughout the world.â Brintonâs story was captured on video in 2010, but received a burst of attention in October of 2011, when Manske shared it in the Huffington Post. Although the Huffington Post article remains online, a passage I quoted in 2014 does not (the web page says it was âupdatedâ December 6, 2017). However, a detailed recounting of Brintonâs story (along with an edited version of the original video) remains online at the website of The New Civil Rights Movement. That account includes these details:âPhysical therapy was my hands being tied down and blocks of ice being placed on my hands. Then pictures of men holding hands would be shown to be so that way I would associate the concept of the pain of the ice with a man touching me.ââThen we went into heat. Coils would be wrapped around my hands and you would be able to turn the heat on or off. So now if we had a picture of a guy and a girl hugging, there was no pain. If we had a picture of a guy and a guy hugging, we had physical pain.ââWe then went into the âMonth of Hell,ââ Brinton explains in the video below. âThe âMonth of Hellâ consisted of tiny needles being stuck into my fingers and then pictures of explicit acts between men would be shown and Iâd be electrocuted.âThis report was so shocking that even some pro-âgayâ media tried to verify this reportâbut couldnât.One of the inconsistencies pointed out by commenters on this article (on a gay website) was that âBrintonâs Facebook page âhas a picture of the entire happy family at his college graduation ceremony, May 31, 2011âââdespite the fact that Brinton said on the video that âmy dad has held a gun up to my head multiple timesâ and warned Brinton that âhe would shoot me if I ever tried to walk in the door again.â (Brinton responded in the comments section that âmy parents did come to my graduation since I am the very first person to graduate from college in my family. I am working on building a relationship to them . . . I was shocked they were there but so happy to see the love starting to rebuild.â)The Mystery TherapistMore importantly, Brinton, had not (in 2011) and (as far as I know) still has not, identified the counselor who allegedly engaged in these horrific practicesânot by name, not by address, not even by city and state where they occurred (more on that later).Such omissions made even Wayne Besen, a prominent âanti-ex-gayâ activist, reluctant to use Brintonâs story without further verification. Hereâs the full statement Besen posted in the comments section of the Queerty article which questioned Brintonâs story.[emphasis added]Â Wayne BesenSamuel came forward and told a story presumably in an effort to help others. There are groups like mine who would be thrilled to use his example to demonstrate the harm caused by âex-gayâ therapy. We live for real life examples like this.However, until he provides more information to verify his experience, he makes it impossible for us to use him as an example. Indeed, it would be grossly irresponsible for us to do so.If a group like mine puts out or promotes a story that turns out to be exaggerated or fake, the religious right would rake us through the coals and by extension the entire LGBT community. This would cast an ominous shadow on all of the legitimate ex-ex-gay testimonies that have helped so many people come out of the closet.So, for the sake of the movement he is trying to help â it is critical that Sam reveal exactly who the therapist was that tortured him. He could do this publicly or privately, but we need more information before we can use his narrative.We very much hope he will provide enough information so we can help people by sharing his compelling story.Sincerely,Wayne BesenTruth Wins OutOct 11, 2011 at 8:51 pmHere is part of Brintonâs reply to Besen:I was indirectly in contact with Wayne and although I know he wants me to send the information of the therapist that is simply not an option. Counselor after counselor has seen me revert to near suicidal tendencies when I try to dig deep into the memories of that time and I simply donât have his name. I can picture him clear as day in my nightmares but his name is not there. The movement canât use me I guess.I have no problem with people not believing my story. It is not for me to try to prove. I donât want to be the poster-child of the anti-conversion therapy movement since graduate school at MIT is plenty tough as it is.. . .Oct 14, 2011 at 2:11 amMemory and ForgettingNote that Brinton says of his therapist, âI can picture him clear as day in my nightmaresââbut, as far as I know, he has also never provided a physical description of this individual.The entire subject of whether childhood trauma can result in repressed memories (as Brinton apparently asserts) is a controversial one. See, for example, the American Psychological Associationâs Q&A on the topic here. It states:Many clinicians who work with trauma victims believe that this dissociation is a person's way of sheltering himself or herself from the pain of the memory. Many researchers argue, however, that there is little or no empirical support for such a theory.Even if the former theory is accepted, in Brintonâs case his amnesia is hardly âsheltering [him] from the pain of the memory.â It seems illogical that Brinton would be able to rememberâand repeatedly recount in detail before cameras, in paid speaking engagements, and at legislative hearingsâthe excruciating details of the âtortureâ he claims he experienced, while repressing (to the point of becoming ânear suicidalâ at efforts to retrieve them) only the memories of the detailsâsuch as name or cityâwhich might allow some verification of his account.Other Discrepancies in Brintonâs StoryDefenders of the right of people with same-sex attractions to pursue therapy aimed at reducing those attractions last year posted a YouTube video highlighting other problems with the story Brinton has told. For example, in one videotaped speech Brinton said that his therapy was provided by âa doctor.â Yet in one of the first written accounts of his story, from August of 2011, it says his therapy came at the hands of âthe session leaderÂżwho Sam specifies was a âreligious therapistâ and not a doctor.â In yet another videoâapparently of Brinton testifying in support of a legislative therapy banâhe says specifically that he was treated by âa licensed psychotherapist.â Note that legislative bans on âsexual orientation change effortsâ or âconversion therapyâ (a term never actually used by its practitioners) apply only to licensed professionals, not to âreligiousâ counselors.Even the state in which Brinton underwent his alleged therapy is unclear. In the 2010 âDriftwoodâ video, Brinton says he grew up in Perry, Iowa. When the video was re-posted at the Huffington Post in October 2011, the article repeated that âSam was raised in rural Iowa.â However, the Bay Windows account from August 2011 (reposted at LGBTQ Nation) said that Brinton âendured years of reparative therapy designed to âcureâ him of his homosexuality while living in Kansas.â Only two paragraphs later, however, it says, âSam was a pre-teen, living with his parents in a conservative religious mission in Florida,â when his ordeal began. In his New York Times op-ed, he says it all happened âwhen I was a middle schooler in Florida.â So which was itâIowa, Kansas, or Florida?Has Brinton Changed?There is one more discrepancy. In his Times op-ed, Brinton says his âconversion therapyâ was âa trauma that was meant to erase my existence as a newly out bisexual.â This is the first time I have heard Brinton refer to himself as âbisexual.â The August 2011 Bay Windows article begins with the sentence, âSamuel Brinton is not afraid to say heâs gay.âIronically, if Brinton went from identifying as gay in 2011 to identifying as âbisexual and gender fluidâ in 2018, maybe he himself is proof that change is possible after all.
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