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Barna Research: Most Pastors Don't Feel Qualified to Address Touchy Sexual Issues, Abuse in Church

"...when pastors were asked about their qualifications for handling sexual problems, less than a third of them reported that they felt 'very qualified' to address 15 of the 18 sexual issues in the survey." - C. Post

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“[N]early half of American households have someone who has sought out mental health care”

"To learn more about the specific types of counseling Americans are seeking out, MidAmerica Nazarene University recently performed a study where they looked at and analyzed Google search data—and the results are surprising." CToday

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California Bill Harms Civil Rights of LGBT Community, Legislates “Questionable” Science as Fraud

California Bill AB-2943 is a remarkable piece of legislation, in that it legislates “questionable” science as fraud. AB-2943 affirms LGBT identity as natural: “(a) Contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

The bill adds that an APA task force concluded “based on a systematic review of peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts … can pose critical health risks” and that change, conversion, or repair therapies “are based on developmental theories whose scientific validity is questionable.”

Since the bill was brought forward, there has been controversy about whether or not AB-2943 bans the Bible, as assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen affirmed it would.

In light of the significance of this bill and the controversy it is generating, there are at least five concerns we should be considering:

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Calif. bill threatens Bible-based therapy

"A proposed law in California could outlaw helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender-identity confusion. If passed, the bill, introduced last month by Assemblyman Evan Low, would be the most expansive ban on therapy related to sexual orientation and gender in the country." BPNews

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Non-Christians Twice as Likely to Seek Mental Health Counseling as Practicing Christians: Barna Study

"In a report released Tuesday, Barna found that 33 percent of surveyed non-Christians said they have sought counseling, versus 15 percent of respondents who identified as practicing Christians. '[T]here's a chance some of the faithful are simply confident in their mental health — after all, science confirms that religious belief and a loving, stable community can be healing and have psychological benefits,' explained the report. [However] this may also reflect the strength of stigma within Christian circles, as many churches have been slower to accept mental illness as a legitimate struggle

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