First of all this is FAKE news article
and not a real news article.
But for a minute there I thought Cathi Herrod and her
"Center for the Arizona Policy"
had succeeded again in getting
the state of Arizona to pass another law forcing us to
obey her flavor of Christian theology.
Arizona schools not implementing gay-conversion therapy
By Alia Beard Rau The Republic | azcentral.com Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:42 PM
Arizona public schools are not implementing a new conversion-therapy program for gay students this fall.
A fictional article posted Wednesday by the staff of the political satire website National Report has gone viral, leaving Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Department of Education scrambling to assure parents that the information is inaccurate.
National Report stated that Arizona would, on Nov. 1, implement a mandatory program for K-12 students “to help homosexual males and women become straight.”
The site indicates that the program is part of
People Can Change,
a real Virginia-based non-profit with a mission to
“support and guide men who seek to transition away from unwanted homsexuality.”
People Can Change
posted a large disclaimer at the top of its website declaring the National Report story fake.
“The spokesperson is fake, the interview is fake, the photo with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is fake, the press conference is fake -- and the quotes are fake, rude, and demeaning of gays,” the
People can Change
site states. “People Can Change does not provide programs or services for minors. We are a peer-led support organization of men who have personally experienced significant change from unwanted same-sex attractions ourselves and who now share our experience and give support to other adults who voluntarily seek similar change.”
The National Report article included fake quotes from Brewer stating that, “I think this will be an amazing opportunity for gay children to finally learn who they truly are for once in their lives ... Can you imagine how much more productive these ‘now-straight’ children will be not... wondering why god made them defective? What we have done here today is monumental. I can only hope and pray that other states follow suit.”
"It’s a completely phony and vile report, and its authors should be ashamed," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said.
The article was submitted as a “press release” and posted on the news release dissemination site
It gives no indication that it is intended to be satire and lists its source as a Fox News cable network story. There, it was viewed more than 70,000 times.
It’s since been posted on blog sites, popular community forums like cafemom.com and babycenter.com and social media.
Hundreds of comments have been posted on various sites in response to the article, many believing the information is accurate.
Nearly 900 people posted responses to the article on National Report’s website.
OK, this is a hoax, and a funny hoax. But for a minute there I thought
Cathy Harrod and the Center for Arizona Policy got
another one of their laws passed forcing their brand of religion on
the rest of us Arizonans
Gay-To-Straight Program To Be Used In All Arizona Public School Curriculums Beginning November 1st
Phoenix, AZ — Beginning November 1st of this year, the state of Arizona is implementing a mandatory school program designed for all children grades K-12 to help homosexual males and women become straight. The controversial conversion therapy will be used in all of Arizona’s 2,325 public school curriculums and is already gathering a large amount of criticism as well as those who approve of the new program.
Dean Huls who is the brain child behind People Can Change spoke with Fox News about their plan to help all the gay children of Arizona. “Since 2000 ‘People Can Change’ has been helping thousands of children resolve their unwanted same-sex attractions. We bring the gay demons out of these individuals so they can become who god intended them to be. Our success and track record speaks for itself,” Huls said. “Facing the reality that you have unwanted homosexual feelings can cause tremendous turmoil – especially as a child whose feelings conflict with deeply held values, beliefs and life goals. But there is a way out. A path that leads them to resolve rather than fight their homosexual feelings. A path to authentic brotherhood and to our innate heterosexual masculinity.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who signed off on the the ‘People Can Change’ program told CNN she is excited about the program. “I think this will be an amazing opportunity for gay children to finally learn who they truly are for once in their lives,” Brewer said. “Can you imagine how much more productive these ‘now-straight’ children will be not always being bullied or wondering why god made them defective? What we have done here today is monumental. I can only hope and pray that other states follow suit.”
Sheriff Joe Arpaio who runs some of the toughest jails and prisons in the country applauds Brewer’s decision. “Less gays in our jails makes for a smoother running prison system. There will be no more prancing around along with all the other gay activities that homosexuals like to do,” Arpaio said. “More importantly, we as parents can now sleep a little better at night just knowing there will be less gays out there wandering the streets trying to molest our children. I’m excited about this and I know all Arizonans are too.”
Though not everyone from Arizona feels the same way as Brewer and Arpaio. 32-year-old Katherine Morris from Phoenix whose son Daniel is a 12-year-old homosexual said she does not agree with the program. “My son Daniel is one of the nicest boys in the world. He is the most wonderful and loving child you could ever meet in your life. There’s not a problem with him, there is a problem with this conversion therapy,” Morris said. “I urge all Arizonians to fight back before this curriculum takes effect in November. Call your congressman. Call your senator. We still have time to fix this wrong. Tell them we do not want ‘People Can Change’ in our schools! It’s not only a waste of tax payer money but it is fixing something that is not broken.”
The organization ‘People Can Change’ is located in Ruckersville, Virginia and has hundreds of gay-to-straight camps and therapy conversion facilities all around the country. They have been in operation since May of 2000. ‘People Can Change’ can be contacted at 434-985-8551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Report attempted to contact the Superintendent of Public Instruction for comment but as of press time had received no response.
Governor Jan Brewer Threatens Lawsuit Against Hoax Author Who Claimed She Supports Mandatory Gay Conversion Classes For Children
Phoenix, AZ — Governor Jan Brewer’s spokesman Andrew Wilder held a press conference this morning with reporters announcing news of a possible lawsuit against Phoenix, Arizona resident 34-year-old Paul Horner. Horner was the culprit behind yesterday’s hoax which had the internet up in arms. The satirical article stated that Brewer signed off on a bill implementing a mandatory school program designed for all Arizona children grades K-12 requiring all homosexual males and women to become straight.
Brewer’s office did not see the humor in such a stunt, and denounced the suggestion that the governor would target young people with such a discriminatory program: “It’s a completely phony and vile report, and its authors should be ashamed,” Wilder told the Arizona Republic yesterday.
“This lawsuit is real and is nothing to be taken lightly,” Wilder told CNN. “If the author of the article in question wants to avoid legal action, we are asking him to immediately remove the story from National Report and cease and desist any further foolishness of this nature against the governor.” Wilder continued, “Governor Brewer also expects a full and sincere apology, no less than 1,000 words long. This is to help compensate the harm and mayhem his ridiculous article caused the great state of Arizona and to the Governor’s Office. Mr. Horner can either post a public apology on his Super Official News website, National Report, his Facebook page located at
or contact the governor directly at