Posts by Warren Throckmorton

When Does a Baby Get Human Rights?

When Does a Baby Get Human Rights?

When Pastor Rick Warren asked Barack Obama “at what point does a baby get human rights,” Sen. Obama hesitated and answered, “Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, … More>

Sarah Palin, Slasher

Sarah Palin, Slasher

Contrary to a widely circulated report in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, did not slash funding for a program supporting teen mothers.

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane reported that “Palin Slashed Funding for … More>

Abortion and American Psychology

Abortion and American Psychology

The Supreme Court’s recent decision banning partial-birth abortion has renewed public interest in abortion politics and policy. Despite the infrequency of late-term abortions, the ban is significant because it strikes at one rationale for the general availability of abortion: the … More>

A Valued Life

A Valued Life

I have a friend named Jim, who many people would think of as gay, or at least bisexual. However, he doesn’t see himself that way. He is married but has been attracted to men for as long as he can … More>

The Real Saint Nick

The Real Saint Nick

Given the decision making power of Santa Claus on the matter of gifts, my children make sure they leave Mr. Claus some seriously good cookies on Christmas Eve. However, most children don’t know that there is much more to the … More>

Is Psychology Losing Its Way?

Is Psychology Losing Its Way?

A recent book edited by eminent psychologists Rogers Wright and Nicholas Cummings delivers a stunning indictment of the mental health professions. Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm  documents and critiques the ascent of social activism over … More>

Happy Holyday

Happy Holyday

This Christmas season is just getting stranger as we go.

All over the place people are trying to figure out what to say to each other (“Happy holiday(s),” “Merry Christmas,” “Get out of my way, I want that iPod”) and … More>

Becoming Out

Becoming Out

Sheryl Swoopes is arguably the finest female basketball player ever. No, check that, actually there is no argument; as a three-time MVP in the Woman’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and three-time gold medal Olympian, she is the best. So when … More>

Did Jesus Bless Homosexuality?

Did Jesus Bless Homosexuality?

Many gay religionists insist that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality and thus could not have opposed it. Often conservatives counter that He taught against any form of sexual expression other than heterosexual marriage, so He did not need to specify every … More>

A Thankful Michael Newdow

A Thankful Michael Newdow

Upon learning that a federal judge issued an order against the Elk Grove (CA) United School District to forbid even the voluntary recitation of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, lawsuit instigator Michael Newdow said this: “A federal judge … More>

Polyamorists Want Rights Too

Polyamorists Want Rights Too

Well I have finally seen it. “Protect Yourself,” the movie, that is. The seven and a half minute condom demonstration video produced by the Montgomery County Public Schools will be shown to all 10th grade students this Spring. I had … More>

The Return of the Parents

The Return of the Parents

Students are approaching the final days of this educational year but increasingly parents are heading back to school. While many students will soon be thinking of summer jobs, administrators, teachers and parents will not be getting a break. Controversies involving … More>

Microsoft Thinks Hard

Microsoft Thinks Hard

Washington state, the bill’s supporters were outraged. Failing by one vote in the Senate, the bill’s demise has been blamed on Microsoft’s official neutrality.

Gay rights supporters were livid. Columnist Wayne Besen reacted by suggesting gay activists “…dust off your … More>

Teach Respect?

Teach Respect?

Well, soon schools will be taking another well deserved break from academics and plunge headlong into political advocacy. Yes, Virginia there is a Day of Silence and it is coming to a school near you.

The DOS is an advocacy … More>

Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

Well I have finally seen it. “Protect Yourself,” the movie, that is. The seven and a half minute condom demonstration video produced by the Montgomery County Public Schools will be shown to all 10th grade students this Spring. I had … More>

Abstain From Danger

Abstain From Danger

Are abstinence education programs dangerous’ A recent editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News titled “Real Sex Ed for Real Lives” by ACLU staffers Nancy Hopkins and Louise Melling opines, “If the president gets what he asked for, the federal government … More>

No Name Calling Week Revisited

No Name Calling Week Revisited

Recently I wrote a column criticizing an event known as “No Name Calling Week.” NNCW is an event created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educators Network to address name calling and gay public policy objectives all at once. Since … More>

Teens Listen?

Teens Listen?

In 1988, George Michael won a Grammy award for his album Faith. This disc featured sexually graphic songs, the most controversial being “I Want Your Sex.” Apparently teens were listening to Mr. Michael. That same year, the Centers for Disease … More>

Abortion at Stake

Abortion at Stake

It is the quiet issue of the 2004 presidential election, but it remains etched in the minds of many liberals and conservatives, of the most devout secularist and most pious believer: abortion. Among the left, a John F. Kerry victory … More>

More Than One Way Out

More Than One Way Out

Reaction to the gay coming out of New Jersey Governor James McGreevey has ranged from viewing his actions as heroic to hypocritical to irrelevant. Some have focused on the aftermath of his deceptions and coming out on his wife and … More>

Boycott for Tradition

Boycott for Tradition

On October 8, a group called Boycott for Equality wants to wreak havoc on the nation’s economic system. The planned event includes several components: a one-day sick out, no spending for goods and services such as gas, food and clothing, … More>

I Had An Abortion

I Had An Abortion

Well, no I didn’t have an abortion but I could buy a tee-shirt that says I did. Recently Planned Parenthood began marketing a tee-shirt with that cheery slogan and even some of the Planned Parenthood affiliate clinics are not happy … More>

Guide Me, O Thou Great APA

Guide Me, O Thou Great APA

Recently the leadership of the American Psychological Association approved resolutions supporting same sex marriage and parenting. In the days since the announcement, many in and out of the association have asked why the APA leadership felt the need to get … More>

Randy’s Excellent Ad-venture

Randy’s Excellent Ad-venture

My friend Randy Thomas was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times full page advertisement for his employer, Exodus International. In the ad, he briefly recounts his story of change from a gay to straight identity. Apparently the Times is … More>

Chris Matthew’s Hard Sell

Chris Matthew’s Hard Sell

Chris Matthews, the tough but affable host of MSNBC’s Hardball advanced an interesting argument in favor of same sex marriage. His theory is that the government has a kind of obligation to encourage bonding among homosexuals.

On a July 12 … More>

The Stalking of Mary Cheney

The Stalking of Mary Cheney

Got Mary?

This sarcastic question disgraces the front page of a website devoted to shaming Vice-President Dick Cheney’s openly lesbian daughter, Mary into publicly opposing an amendment to the constitution defining marriage as a union of a man and a … More>

NEA Gay and Lesbian Shift?

NEA Gay and Lesbian Shift?

A recent decision by The National Education Association (NEA) may signal a shift in the organization’s stance on gay and lesbian issues. Last week, the NEA quietly but officially recognized the formation of an Ex-Gay Educators’ Caucus thus acknowledging a … More>

Ohio Senate Defense of Marriage Testimony

Ohio Senate Defense of Marriage Testimony

Dr. Throckmorton’s Testimony to the Ohio Senate on the Proposed Defense of Marriage Legislation

Dr. Warren Throckmorton testified yesterday before Ohio’s Senate in favor of the state’s fast-moving defense of marriage legislation. He opposed the testimony of the Ohio Psychological … More>

Howard Dean: Biotheologian

Howard Dean: Biotheologian

Does God make people gay? At first glance, this is a question that appears theological. However, Howard Dean, democratic presidential candidate and a physician, looks to biology for his answer. Campaigning in Iowa, when asked about his views of homosexuality, … More>

St. Nick is Good for Girls

St. Nick is Good for Girls

Given his decision making power on the gift issue, my girls made sure Santa Claus got some seriously good cookies most Christmas eves. Like most daughters, mine didn’t know much about the real Saint Nick. But girls everywhere would benefit … More>

Misquoted and Misrepresented

Misquoted and Misrepresented

The issue of gay marriage does some strange things to certain people. The matter certainly can bring out strong feelings. For instance, I recently testified before an Ohio House of Representatives committee on the subject and there was a man … More>

Bound and Determined

Bound and Determined

I admire tenacity. I really do. I love to see it in my children and my friends and I like stories of people who keep on trying, plodding away day after day in pursuit of an objective or excellence in … More>

Of Mice and Gay Men

Of Mice and Gay Men

Recently, Reuters and other news services reported a research study demonstrating that the brains of male mice are different than the brains of female mice. Amazingly, the news service turned this study into support for the theory that homosexuality is … More>

A Good Offense

A Good Offense

Orlando, Florida, is home to lots of sunshine, Mickey, Donald and Goofy and Exodus International. You know about the sun and Disney but you may not have known that the world’s leading referral and support organization for former homosexuals is … More>

Hoosier Controversy

Hoosier Controversy

Recently the school that hosts the Kinsey Institute temporarily removed the web log of a faculty member for suggesting gay men might not be the best teachers of young boys.

Indiana University Business Professor, Dr. Eric Rasmusen said on his … More>

The Right to Divide

The Right to Divide

With the installation of Gene Robinson, the newly elected and openly gay Episcopal Bishop, the Episcopalians continue to do what mainstream churches seem to do best: divide their congregations. It is difficult to find a large protestant denomination, save the … More>

Milking the School System

Milking the School System

Imagine this: You are 16 years old and going back to school this fall. Like most students you purchased a backpack, a protractor, paper and pencils, but unlike most students, you did not go back-to-school clothes shopping. Why not? Because … More>