06/16/2005: Dr. Abby's Dad rocks!
As Abby notes that her dad has weighed in on the situation with Zach, the Memphis area teen who, after coming out to them as being gay, has been placed by his parents with "Love in Action", a program which purports to "normalize" homosexuals (I'm unsuccessfully trying my best not to refer to it as a "homosexual re-education camp"... ok, now I've got that out of the way). I hope Abby doesn't mind me quoting it in full; it's one of the best commentaries on the situation I've read. Abby's dad (who, IIRC, is a psychiatrist by profession) wrote this email to Love in Action, when he learned of their planned press conference this morning:
TN Mental Illness LawIf you're trying to keep tabs on the situation, you probably should be keeping an eye on: E.J. at Cherry Blossom Special (UPDATE: E.J. notes that he attended the press conference this morning; expect a report from him in the next 12-24 hours, I'd wager), The Pesky Fly over at The Flypaper Theory (in his post on this Pesky mentions that the Memphis Flyer had a reporter there, though unfortunately that reporter wasn't him), autoegocrat at the River City Mud Company (who posed two interesting questions for Smid and Co.), and Dr. Abby at Adventures with Dr. Lady Cutie Troublemaker. All of them have been providing regular updates as the situation warrants.
"Press Conference: LIA will be hosting a press conference on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. at our facility at 4780 Yale Road. "
At your press conference, please bring the evidence to show that Zach has been involuntarily committed to treatment at your facility for a mental illness as defined above under the laws of the State of Tennessee, and that your facility is licensed to manage such cases. We’re not interested in what you "think." We’re interested in the legality of what you "do."
Abby’s Dad, M.D
Len on 06.16.05 @ 07:01 PM CST