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NOM-entrenched Haas family: Reared on diet of ‘ex-gay’ therapy?

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In addition to NOM’s Ruth Institute pushing ex-gay therapy -Adam

Cross-posted at Good As You

By Jeremy Hooper

We’ve already established that Brian Brown, Charles Limandri, David Lejeune, and any number of other (male) National Organization for Marriage personalities are members of the Catholic organization Legatus, so just the fact that words like the following appeared in that organization’s March membership magazine would be concerning enough:

Screen Shot 2011-04-28 At 8.00.25 AmThere are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health. Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives. Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, “the Orient from on High,” and the life that He offers them in Himself.

Sexual ‘disorientation [Legatus Magazine]

Scientifically-shunned “ex-gay” propaganda is always concerning. But in this case, there is more. So much more. Because you see, the man who penned this column answers to the name of John M. Haas, Ph.D. The same John Haas who holds several different high Catholic positions (president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, founding president of the International Institute for Culture, etc). The same John Haas who resides in Philadelphia, PA. The same John Haas who teaches seminars purporting to unveil “the truth” about the gay movement. And oh yea — the same John Haas who has nine children, several of whom either have worked or do currently work for NOM as we speak:


The Haas family is ALL UP in NOM’s ranks. In fact, Justin Haas, in particular, serves in a major capacity:

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[SOURCE: CT Family]

And the Haas patriarch whose Catholic teachings seemingly helped his children come to such beliefs? Yea, well — he refers to our love as a “disorder” and our lives nothing more than “lifestyles” from which we need to escape via propagandistic junk science. Insightful, aint it?

Now, we should say that we have no record of the father doing direct work for the organization. But the branches are certainly fanning the “protect marriage” flames, even in the trunk is staying planted in the larger Legatus pasture.


*NOTE: Maggie Gallagher also has Legatus connections. Last fall, she spoke at a Houston chapter meeting, for one.


  • 1. Lesbians Love Boies  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I don't need fixing, I am perfect the way I am!

  • 2. Straight for Equalit  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

  • 3. Kathleen  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:12 am

    I agree. :)

  • 4. Ronnie  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:12 am

    (sighs)…subscribing….. : / ….Ronnie

  • 5. Ruth  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:14 am

    This is gross. Right out of the '50s. Do these people stay willfully ignorant of factual information? (Yes)

  • 6. AnonyGrl  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:16 am

    There are many reasons why people suffer from Compulsion to Create Non Existent Disorders disorder (CCNEDD, pronounced see-sned.) Some "discover" this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of prejudice or discrimination. All who have it use it to punish others. Whether the disorder comes entirely from miseducation or whether it's a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually to the people they MAKE SHIT UP ABOUT.

    Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder, not the people who HAVE it, but those who are made to SUFFER. The solution is for those who feel they must invent disorders and diagnose others with those disorders in order to feel better about themselves to CUT IT THE HELL OUT.
    I defy anyone to say that MY medical opinion here is any less scientific than the one presented above.

  • 7. AnonyGrl  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Yes you are!!!

  • 8. Ann S.  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Oh, quite!

  • 9. Straight for Equalit  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:24 am

    The Legatus article makes me boil! I can imagine how much worse it is for LGBT people.

    What about OSA (Opposite Sex Attraction)? Is that a disorder for which "sufferers" should undergo treatment and have their "sexual drives properly ordered?" Perhaps some, like Newt Gingrich, should.

  • 10. elliom  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:26 am

    It is not a "disorder," it is not a "lifestyle," it is the way I was intended to be. The only "choice" I made was to accept it, and lead a happy life, instead of a life of misery.

  • 11. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:27 am

    love to Anony! Caused a big "Guffaw" from SLC!

    I defy anyone to say that MY medical opinion here is any less scientific than the one presented above.

  • 12. Michelle Evans  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:41 am

    And, of course, with this sort of material, they are able to use these organizations to cite "scientific" studies which support their own claims about what they call a disorder. Goes back to the whole "I said it, so it's true" syndrome that it seems every single person on that side of the fence suffers from.

    They remind me of mental ill people who look at themselves as the only one who is normal, while the rest of the world is insane.

    I worked for a boss like this many years ago, where it was said that the only reason he wasn't in a looney bin was because he was running the company. Reminds me of many of the minions on the anti-equality side.

  • 13. DebbieC  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I'm a lesbian to punish myself and others? That's absurd.

    OT – but – did you know Courage Campaign is one of the non-profits you can vote for with Chase Community Giving on Facebook? They were on the list a few months ago, but apparently the word wasn't spread and they didn't get many votes.

  • 14. Marlene  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Same here… the only thing that needs "fixed" are the birth defects I have… 😉

  • 15. nightshayde  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Your comment, AnonyGrl, is made of win.

  • 16. Marlene  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Just to let everyone know… the article *does* allow for comments! Whether or not they screen them for the only "appropriate" comments, I dunno.

  • 17. Carpool Cookie  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Right, I like that part, too: "Some use it to punish themselves or others."

    Like people would have nothing better to do with their time, or lives, than "punish" others by "becoming" gay!

  • 18. Michelle Evans  |  April 28, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Forgive me, but I also want to share with you all the horrors during my sleep last night.

    As you've read, there was a despicable hate crime committed a few days ago against a man who had his barn burned down, killing his beautiful horses. Unfortunately, those images and thoughts went to sleep with me last night. My only dreams were nightmares about having such things perpetrated against myself and Cherie. I woke up many times throughout the night, yet each time I drifted off again, the same theme kept emerging.

    I was alone in a small restaurant, and was taunted and eventually attacked. My belongings were stolen. No one rose to my aid. Cherie finally got to me, and more people attacked us. Again, no one came to help us. Later, we were home and I saw the kids who had started the attacks wandering outside. I went out to confront them, and they picked up where they left off. We found the phone lines were cut so we had no way to call for help. They started to fire bomb our home. We got to neighbors, but all of them turned us away, or actually joined in the destruction.

    As I say, forgive me for sharing such things, but it really points out to me the horrors each of us faces each and every day in our waking lives. We are often not safe, and the rest of society often will not lift a finger to help us. There has obviously been much progress, but there is also a huge backlash against us. Hate crimes are on the rise, as shown by what happened to the man and his horses, and so many other examples. That was one of the most grotesque things I have read about in many years.

    When there are serious people out there who talk like those in NOM and NARTH, and all the other organizations that work against us every day; when there are candidates for president who have said we belong in special camps; when I have a friend disfigured by a personal attack because he is trans while simply attending college, or see people laugh at a woman in McDonalds for the same reason; it just highlights that there is something fundamentally wrong in our society.

    I will most likely have more such nightmares in the future as we continue our fight to be recognized as human beings. I hope I survive long enough for the nightmares to stop. Thank you for letting me rant about these horrors.

  • 19. nightshayde  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:03 am

    *hugs & healing wishes coming to you from SoCal*

  • 20. Cat  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:05 am

    The also have a program to "repair" those who believe the Earth is round, and not at the center of the universe. Those disturbed individuals are just hurting themselves and others, but with proper therapy can be returned to the right path, and recognize that the Earth is flat, stands on pillars, and its edge is guarded by Leviathans.

  • 21. Alan E.  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:08 am


  • 22. Cat  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I agree. They should be charged and convicted for malpractice and abuse.

  • 23. Carpool Cookie  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I don't understand how you sign in to make comments….can anyone become a member of "Wordpress" and that's how it works? There seems to be no option as to how to become a member of the Legatus site, itself.

  • 24. Joe  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Right on, for something to be a disorder, it must interfere with your ability to function within society. i.e. Depression is a disorder when it keeps someone from maintaining a job, managing personal relationships, or caring for their own health. Thus why homosexuality is no longer in the DSM. I like how our world is changing in general in this respect. That an individual's sexuality is becoming less of an issue, while more and more people are calling these people out on their prejudice. Maybe the DSM will eventually make a label for these people's actions and label it a disorder.

  • 25. Michelle Evans  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Joe, You are absolutely correct in that it is these people who have the disorder. They truly cannot function within society. They would rather destroy it and everyone who disagrees with them, rather than try to live, love, and respect others.

  • 26. Straight for Equalit  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:17 am

    And also from NH.

    If more people knew these stories of what LGBT people, and probably especially trans people, go through, I must believe that more people would support equality. I still believe that most people are good and compassionate, but they need to know the facts.

  • 27. Jon  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Suffering from Legatus Attraction Disorder? We can help!

    Suffering from Medicalization Verbiage Syndrome? So many are! You can be proud you're on the cutting edge of invented diseases with impressive-sounding names. Many of your fellow MVS sufferers welcome you to the fold. Or we think they do: it's so hard to understand what they're saying.

    Suffering from Categorization Crap Disorder? Help is available. So sad that so many don't understand, the way we do. Many don't even realize they have it, which makes help so hard to give. You know.

    Suffering from Invented Disorder Disorder? How ironic. Nothing can be done, we don't care, and you're not actually sick. You're just prone to make things up, which is not a disease, just a bad personal behavior.

    Suffering from Pathologizing Variation Syndrome? Well anyone who isn't must be sick. Your notion of what to do in this situation isn't just an opinion, based on nothing, other than your prejudices and personal bias of course. No, you have Weird Hypocritical Own Acronym analysis, an advanced technique that offers so much to so few for so little in so many ways. WHOA exponents can quickly pinpoint the ways in which others can be helped to see things your way.

    Suffering from Full of Crap Disorder? Yeah, I thought so.

  • 28. NetAmigo  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Just keep hitting followers of NOM over the head publicly with what scientific experts say about human sexuality showing explicitly how it contradicts their mythology of human sexuality. The scientific position of human sexuality is contained in the legal briefs these organizations submit to the legal battles as the Prop. 8 trials. They are, also, quoted in the final decisions. Use actual quotes and direct people to download these documents and read them when responding to letters to the editor as well as news articles on the web. Today, this is a war between religious mythology and science.

  • 29. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:32 am

    My Hispanic hubby faces ridicule and disapproval everyday from his conservative/Caucasian college teachers and classmates. Despite his 3.9 GPA. He is often is plagued by the feeling they want to do "damage" to him….and also suffers related nightmares. The hate toward Hispanics has really escalated in UT and is palpable…combine that with being gay…he suffers much.

    Thank you for sharing your story Michelle, hope by telling of your nightmares to us they will dissipate. ((Hugs)) to you and Cherie!

  • 30. Bob  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:36 am

    how does this square with the notion that,

    I disagree to the core with what they are saying, but will defend to the death their right to say it?????

    they do have a right to say these things, in their own publications, in their own organizations, they can speak to each other ad-nauseum about these things,,, they can revel in the glory of their superiority ,

    I understand that taking us on a journey into their world, is for the sole purpose of understanding them, i.e. NOM's base,,,

    The point where they break the law, is using NOM to enforce those moral judgements on us,,,,, and society as a whole,,,,

    Since they first appeared on the shores of the new world, the Catholic agenda has been to convert all heathens, literally wiping out anyone that resisted,,,,, (their attempts at anielating native culture and spirituality) they failed at that ,

    we're now in their sites,,,,, they'll fail again,,, we need to push back hard,,,, The Catholic Church,, cannot use constitutional rights of free speech, and freedom of religion, as a shield while advancing it's agenda of converting God's creation, into something that is acceptable to them,,,,,,,,

    what hoopla to imagine a God who would create a universe of natural wonder and diversity,, and then put Maggie and B.B. in charge of wiping out that diverstiy rubbish , nonsense,,,

    As Rainbow People living out lives of diversity, we need to push back hard, and assert ourselves,,,,

  • 31. Michelle Evans  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Appreciate the hugs from everyone. It helps to be able to talk about them, as well as to know there is a safe place to do so. Thank you.

  • 32. Ann S.  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Hugs to Michelle and Cherie and Greg and his hubby and everyone else who's been hurt by bigotry.

  • 33. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

    back @ you!

  • 34. Judy  |  April 28, 2011 at 4:53 am


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  • 36. DaveP  |  April 28, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Sure they can say what they want. But they don't have a guarantee that everyone will just agree with them and let them spew hate and lies without being confronted.

    Their comments are dangerous and irresponsible. We must never let these lies go uncontested. We need to continue doing whatever we can to make it clear that the harm they are doing will not be tolerated.

  • 37. Bob  |  April 28, 2011 at 7:30 am

    the constitutional inhibition of legislation on the subject of religion has a double aspect

    it embraces two concepts 1 freedom to believe
    2 freedom to act

    the first freedom is absolute,,, but the freedom to act on belief can be regulated

    with regards to the freedom of speech,,,, these statements that we are sick,,, could be challlenged as slander

  • 38. Chrys  |  April 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

    My attraction to my lady is not a disorder, nor is our relationship a lifestyle. It is love, and we are living.

    No alphabet soup can make it the way they want it to be. And that is what truly frightens them.

  • 39. nightshayde  |  April 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    WordPress is free to join.

  • 40. JonT  |  April 28, 2011 at 11:17 am



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  • 42. Tom B.  |  May 1, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Hear hear!

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