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Petition to Andrew J. Kandrevas (State Representative,Michigan) (State Representative,Michigan), George Darany (State Representative), Mike Callton (State Representative), Vicki Barnett (State Representative , Michigan, District 37, Democrat), Rashida Tlaib (State Senator, Michigan), Rick Snyder, Henry Vaupel, Adam Zemke, debby stabenow

Ban "Gay Conversion Therapy" In Michigan Now

We as a society are still coming up to terms with homosexuality. Though it makes very significant part of our society ( 5 to 11 % of population), we have not given it proper acceptance yet.Even though many evidences suggest its biological and probably innate nature, we still do not know for sure how sex identity and preferences differ in homosexual person compared to heterosexual one.There is consensus among scientific community that most people experience little or no choice about their sexual orientation and homosexuality is not a mental disorder. Often society's treatment of person (due to sexual orientation ) may lead to  severe stress and trauma that can lead to various mental issues including suicides.   What major religions of the world believe about homosexuality is a highly debated topic.Some part of the society (largely different religious groups) can not accept homosexuality and are apprehensive of it as being not pious or think of it as condemned by god. They live in complete denial that such thing can exist naturally and hence when faced with homosexuality they look for ways out of situation with desperation. Its exactly such desperation that lead them to sham practices of so called "Gay Conversion Therapy".  These kind of therapies are completely denied/opposed by scientific community. These therapies are offered by random group of people mostly out side of scientific community. These therapies are not defined or have no standard procedures with years of research and  results behind them. If there are why did not any one come forward to explain how it works, why it would work, patent it, get approved by scientific community and make millions selling it world wide?? The fact is these claims are nothing but chicanery. Many of these so called centers are closed after some or other way their  fraud came out. There therapies are not only ridiculous but potentially dangerous and harmful in nature. Person has to go through inhuman treatment and torture. Most often people subjected to these therapies are adolescences forced by their parents. There are incidents of suicide as a result of going through this unbearable torture. President Obama supported the ban on such therapies and called on all states to do the same. Currently already 6 states have banned such therapies and we need it banned in all states. Recently NJ Governor Chris Christie signed it into law.   Incoming Vice President Mike Spence have supported such therapies in past. No matter what is your view of homosexuality, there are some points to ponder: 1. Is it ethical to subject any one to go through such inhuman treatment with no scientific basis? Remember most people going though this would be adolescences forced by their desperate parents.    2. APA a large professional body opposes the treatment. They are professionals licensed to help people with mental illness and related problems unlike people who ONLY specialize in such therapy. Where do you think conflict of interest is and who is in for money? if there is any validity or morality in these treatmentsthen who stops these APA guys from offering same? answer is simple: they do not think its scientific and its ethically and morally wrong to offer such thing. Remember: There is not a single Scientific / Medical Association that considers homosexuality as issue and supports such therapies.   3. what proof supporters of the therapy offer that it works? If they have any why do not they convert it into patent,standardize it (so that it can be regulated for quality and ethical standards like other medical and psychological treatments) ? who was the inventor? why did not he patent it and make millions? Remember: They do not have any organization or any evidence based proof to support these claims.You could as well promise elixir and it would be equivalent in principle (promising something that does not exist). It is time now to ban such treatments so that no one has to go through that torture and no more lives are lost to chicanery.It is violation of basic human rights. Please sign this to let the decision makers know that you will not let any fraudsters preying on desperation of gullible parents and innocent LGBT youth. This efforts needs to be repeated in each state nation wide. Lets start with our state Michigan.  

Alpesh Mittal
33 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Pat Toomey, Bob Casey Jr, Tom Wolf, Pat Brown, Charlie Dent, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Mike Pence, Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell, chuck schumer

Net Neutrality. A basic human right.

"Net Neutrality is like a library, it should be open to everyone. Its not right to prohibit the freedom to access it." - Brian Curtin. Net neutrality is the "first amendment of the internet". It is one of the best ways for mutual freedom, and should never be forfeited. In simple terms, net neutrality is the basic concept that companies such as At&t, Verizon, Google or even social media sites, have to treat your data as an equal and cannot favor or block certain content. This pretty much means you have a one hundred percent freedom to choose what websites or applications you wish to use. Big companies have already privatized a tool that was created by "the public" and have sold it off, resulting in themselves making money. No longer having net neutrality would make this much, much worse. Look at it this way, if Ajit Pai, Donald Trump and the FCC pass the bill to repeal net neutrality, you will no longer have freedom to surf the web and do what you would like to do. More and more things will be filtered, censored, and everything will be much slower. No longer having net neutrality will also lead to paid prioritization. The internet is a place that allows freedom, net neutrality will maintain the fact that the government does not have any rule over internet use. Our first amendment right grants us with free expression and actions that are fundamental to democratic government. We have the freedom of RAPPS (religion, assembly, press, petition and speech). A great example of this would be in Portugal, where people pay separately for messaging, social and music apps and even email services. Taking away net neutrality would be the same as taking away your freedom of speech. It is vital for creativity as well as innovation. The internet is an important tool to get ones viewpoint and opinions across. It is a place where everyone has a voice. That should never be taken away. Now, using the same tools, it is up-to you to get your viewpoint across and allow net neutrality to continue.    "Everyone should have their own opinion and be able to voice it. No matter what it is. Of course, that does not mean your opinion is always right. But, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion."Tim Mcgraw     Sources:  Debate.org. “Is Net Neutrality a Good Thing?” Debate.org, Debate.org, 2017, www.debate.org/opinions/is-net-neutrality-a-good-thing Tarnoff, Ben. “Time to Release the Internet from the Free Market – and Make It a Basic Right.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 29 Nov. 2017, www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/29/net-neutrality-internet-basic-right-america-trump-administration Romm, Tony. “Trump's FCC Has Revealed Plans to Wipe out Net Neutrality.” Recode, Recode, 21 Nov. 2017, www.recode.net/2017/11/21/16679114/fcc-ajit-pai-net-neutrality-rules-donald-trump Jon Brodkin - Oct 6, 2015 4:10 pm UTC. “How Net Neutrality Violates the First Amendment (According to One ISP).” Ars Technica, Ars Technica Addendum , 6 Oct. 2015, arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/net-neutrality-violates-the-first-amendment-according-to-one-isp/. Griffin, Andrew. “Donald Trump Plans Total Repeal of Net Neutrality Law That Keeps the Internet Free.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 24 Nov. 2017, www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/trump-net-neutrality-repeal-internet-rules-fcc-free-latest-news-ajit-pai-a8067811.html https://gbatemp.net/attachments/what-is-net-neutrality-video-blocked-jpg.92770/  

Mubashar Mughal
15 supporters