A South African Christian arts academy in Bloemfontein may be breaking the law by advertising that it can “cure” homosexual students, and that if a homosexual refuses such, they can be expelled.
By Melanie Nathan, January 13, 2012.
The Sunday Times reported that the Creare Training Centre’s prospectus claimed it could convert gay students into heterosexuals through “rehabilitation”. Gay rights activists had slammed this as “tragic, shameful and deeply hurtful”, according to the report.
Creare founder Cornelius can Heyningen denied that the institution was discriminatory.
“We are catering for those who say ‘I want to change as a homosexual’. That’s not saying no homosexuals are allowed.”
Comparing the academy’s stance on homosexuality to a drug rehabilitation program contradicts Heyningen’s claims. Unlike the U.S.A., South Africa has a Constitution that fully entrenches equality based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Hence a remark suggesting any form of sexuality can be cured is tantamount to saying “one can be cured from being white or black.” What these people such as Heyningen do not realize is that being gay is the same as being left handed, having blue eyes or being black or white.
The question becomes what is Heyningen’s motivation for this cure offer? Is it intolerance of LGBTI people? In any event upon reading the Prospectus itself, the academy’s claims may be found to be illegal under the terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2006.
In Viewing the 2013 prospectus I found this blatant discriminatory statement that further contradicts the assertions of Heyningen, where he states that if a gay or lesbian person refuses to be “descipled to” (implying attempt at cure or change of sexuality) then that person will not be permitted to continue their studies.
According to the Statement of Faith in the Constitution of Creare training Centre, we believe in the principle of relationship fundamental to personal sexual orientation being founded on that of heterosexuality. Therefore any person wanting to pursue a lifestyle contrary and is not willing to be discipled in this regard, will not be permitted to continue further studies or lecture. We offer ministry to help people that want to change their sexual orientation A.E Homosexuality & Lesbianism to heterosexuality.”
Not only is this blatant discrimination under the South African Law but worse is Heyningen’s assertion that Gays can be cured. It is a myth and quackery to assert such claims, whether done in the name of a Bible, God or therapy. The American Psychiatric Association refers to the great dangers of these types of assertions: “The potential risks of ‘reparative therapy’ are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.”
See relevant excerpts from the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2006.-http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/south-africa-promotion-of-equality-act/
- (See screenshot of Prospectus)
PROOF POSITIVE FOR YOU COMMENTATORS WHO SAY THAT CREARE IS NOT OFFERING CURES:-
1. A letter sent to Queerlife South Africa shows that the comments below by friends of Creare are false and that they are trying to squirm around words. In fact gays are being discriminated against and quackery is being used to try and cure gays of their homosexuality, the latter being not only impossible but highly offensive and dangerous.
By Uhann Yssel
“I attended Creare Training Centre Bloemfontein from 2007-2009 part time.
In 2008 when I came out to friends and family I was confronted by the leadership of Creare Training Centre.
In a meeting with Peter And Clifton Jones I was told that I am in fact not gay, but possessed by a gay demonic spirit and that I could be cured by what is called “deliverance therapy” i.e. Exorcism.
I laughed at the Idea and was then told that if I carry on being gay I will not live long as this will result in alcohol and drug abuse which will lead to promiscuity and illness resulting in early death.
I thanked the leadership for their concern but expressed that I don’t agree with their view and was asked to officially inform them of my intent to leave the training centre.
I was also told that after my departure my absence was questioned by friends and other students at the centre but according to many the subject was taboo.
I was hurt and appalled by their behaviour but moved on. Today I am 21 years old and a business manager for Hyundai Motoring South Africa with a healthy social life and a family that supports every life decision I make.
I am today a happier person because I know this is how I was made and meant to be. There is no cure for homosexuality because it is not a disease. I only fear that many families and individuals could be hurt by the training centre trying to cure people who are not sick.
This is tragic and I just hope others in the homosexual community have the strength to stand up against this kind of discrimination and help our gay brothers and sisters to accept who they are and live healthy and happy lives.”
2 This lesbian is claiming that Creare cured her. And let me add, this lesbian is not cured, she has been subjected to shaming and pressure by Christian Fundamentalism. There is no such thing as a cure and no such thing as ex-gay. Every ex-gay OI know has b=reverted to their natural born orientation. Time will tell for this shamed young woman.