Jon Stewart laid into Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and his fellow Republicans on Tuesday for buying into “reparative therapy” for gays.
The Texas Republican Party officially endorsed the practice at its annual convention earlier this month. But as Stewart pointed out, the practice has been largely dismissed as “pray the gay away.” The methods used in ex-gay therapy are questionable, too — as one former patient described it, his therapist “ordered me to bottle my feces and to sniff it whenever I was attracted to a man.”
“It’s like giving a woman a c-section who’s not pregnant,” Stewart said of one therapist’s promise to “bring out the heterosexuality in you.” “You won’t find what you’re looking for, but you will leave a scar.”
Stewart thought Perry didn’t make the Texas GOP look any better when he compared being gay to being an alcoholic at an event in San Francisco, then stuck to his guns when a CNBC host called that comparison “offensive.” Why not just endorse “human body reparative therapy” for the 6 million Texans without health insurance, Stewart wondered?
“You know what’s sad? Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is,” he concluded. “So my advice is the next time you feel the urge to be a Texas Republican, to replace science textbooks with pictures of humans riding dinosaurs, or ban same-sex marriage, or put on this hat, sh*t in a jar and sniff it. It won’t cure ya, the science proves that — but do it anyway. Hopefully it’ll remind you of what a*sholes you’re being.”
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