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Steve Ahlquist is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and founding member of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism, courage and action. The views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of any organization of which he is a member.

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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

7 responses to “Emotional and surprising testimony against conversion therapy targeting LGBTQ youth”

  1. dubnotdubya

    Excellent reporting, Steve. The doctor in South County that Dr. Savitsky mentioned is most likely Dr. Michelle Cretella, who is president of a group called “American College of Pediatricians,” a conservative group which is not to be confused with the mainstream organization American Academy of Pediatrics. Cretella used to write opinion pieces and letters to the editor on this topic in the ProJo a few years ago. Here’s a more recent piece in which she is quoted:

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  2. cailin rua

    Steve, is there any way to access the ACLU’s written testimony? I’ve tried and can’t seem to find anything. If the R I ACLU is asserting that free speech is an issue involving the kind of abuse conversion therapy can be for many then they are in contradiction with what the Northern California chapter of the ACLU asserted in their amicus brief filed in the Pickup v Brown case see:

    SB 1172 Satisfies Free Speech Principles. of I.

    which seems to assert pretty much what Professor Goldstein is asserting.

    There are very few non-profits I hold in high regard. The ACLU is probably the most prominent of the ones that I do hold in high regard. I’m open to the fact there might be some nuance in the way the R I law is written that has implications beyond preventing the abuse of patients, who often times become human research subjects, in other words, lab rats. I think the work the ACLU does is so important that we should know what it is the R I ACLU finds objectionable in the proposed statute.

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