The Air Force Academy contacted me about our story yesterday breaking the news that they had hired Dr. Mike Rosebush, a supposed-"ex-gay" with twenty years experience "curing homosexuals," to oversee the "Character and Leadership" coaching program at the academy.
The Academy wanted me to know that Rosebush
is not in charge of "counseling" cadets, and does not "counsel" or "evaluate" cadets.
"only" in charge of "coaching" them on developing good character and leadership skills. (Rosebush actually developed the entire character and leadership building coaching program the academy uses, called "MOSAIC Personal Coaching.")
Unfortunately, that explanation falls short of addressing the underlying problem.
A man who has devoted the last twenty years of his
life to "curing" gay people is now in charge of a mandatory program, that he
designed, to help Air Force Academy cadets
develop "character" and "leadership."
Over the past nearly twenty years, Rosebush has worked as a vice president at Focus on the Family, as the director of the Professional Counselors' Network at Exodus International, served as a clinical member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), including publishing alongside NARTH's head, Joseph Nicolosi, and has run his own "cure the gays" counseling program.
Then in recent years, Rosebush
own one-man "coaching" business called "Coaching Confidant,
" devoted to "curing" gay people, and other "sex addicts," by phone for $125 an hour.
is also an author.
Among other anti-gay tracts, he
authored "Sanctifying Coaching: Sexual purity and peace for Christian men with same-sex attractions.
Here's a little of the blurb for the book on Amazon:
Sanctification Coaching provides the groundbreaking methods that helped his
clients achieve sexual purity, peace and heterosexual confidence.
If you are a Christian tired of being distressed over your same-sex attractions, then Sanctification Coaching was written for you!
Dr. Rosebush is also a contributing author to The Handbook of Therapy for Unwanted Homosexual Tendencies: A Guide to Treatment.
has decades of success in counseling Christian men who struggle with same-sex attractions.
Before his nearly two decades working with the religious right on trying to cure gays, Rosebush was in the Air Force and, in addition to flying planes, taught behavior science and went on to get a PhD in counseling psychology.
Focus on the Family
on the "lack of character in men dealing with homosexuality"
For nearly 20 years, Rosebush
worked for organizations that didn't think that gays should even be cadets, or serve in the military at all.
Yet, now he's
in charge of a program - designed a program - to help Air Force Academy cadets
build character and leadership abilities, when it's doubtful that Focus on the Family, Exodus or NARTH
felt that gay American service members had any character at all.
Mike Rosebush's last six jobs, stretching all the way from 1995 to present. ("Focus" means "Focus on the Family."
last six jobs, stretching all the way from 1995 to present. ("Focus" means "Focus on the Family."
Just to recap: Mike Rosebush, the president of Coaching Confidant, a counseling service geared towards curing gays and other "sex addicts," who for twenty years worked with gay-hating religious right organizations to "cure" gays of this supposed flaw in their character, is now hired by the Air Force Academy to design and oversee their "coaching" program, and help build the "character" of Air Force cadets, and we're to believe that the scientifically-baseless coaching work Rosebush did the day before he joined the academy has nothing to do with the coaching work he did the day after.
It's clear from the email the Air Force Academy
sent me that they'd like us to believe that Mike Rosebush
was a really qualified guy back before he
went off the pseudo-science deep-end twenty years ago.
And that's great.
Had the Air Force Academy hired Mike Rosebush back in 1994, before he joined with the worst of the worst anti-civil-rights activists in America in his nearly 20-year quest to "cure" an entire class of American citizens of their minority status, no one would have complained.
But it's not 1994.
It's nearly 2014.
And Mike Rosebush, who was an Air Force Teacher 20+ years ago, is now Mike Rosebush, anti-gay quack.
Another "ex-gay" - in this case, an ex-"ex-gay" whose a lot more famous than Rosebush
, weighed in last night on the controversy in a statement from the American Military Partner Association
The American Military Partner Association
(AMPA), the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families, released the following statements today regarding the employment of Dr. Mike Rosebush
by the U.S. Air Force Academy
has spent a lifetime devoted to advocating the pseudoscience that homosexuality is something that can and should be "cured.
A week ago, I approached Dr Michael Rosebush
past exgay therapy, I was shocked and appalled he
actually turned me towards resources to evaluate the practice.
I'm disappointed someone like this is evaluating programs at the Air Force Academy
chose to be a public figure of the exgay/ antigay movement.
previous public positions, his
very presence creates an atmosphere that's hostile for the workplace.
And hostile for our cadets as well.
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Sounds like Dr. Rosebush
will add to the diversity of USAFA and do a great job.
Your assertion that Rosebush
stopped doing conversion therapy prior to his
rejoining the Air Force
is not correct based on the facts we know.
business, Coaching Confidants, running up until he
did rejoin the AF
Detail here: http://americablog.com/2013/11/air-force-academy-ex-gay-cure-advocate-overseeing-cadet-counseling.html.
Your entire position seems to be one of being an apologetic for Rosebush
The facts point toward his
continuing to use RT well after he
was aware of its deleterious effects and lack of efficacy.
only stopped his
practice devoted to the technique when he
rejoined the Air Force
It's clear you've condemned Dr. Rosebush
were tied to a stake, you'd happily light the fire.
Not because you have any evidence that his
body of work at the academy is objectionable, but because he
associated with people you hate.
As I've said, Dr. Rosebush
has a 4 year body of work at the academy.
The organization Dr. Rosebush
worked with stopped doing reparation therapy prior to his
employment at the Academy in 2009.
The Academy has provided the curriculum developed by Dr. Rosebush
Dr. Rosebush is an accomplished curriculum developer, former Air Force officer, and executive.
And no, his
activities with FOF are not and have never been a secret.
Yet several students have made allegations about Rosebush
involvement, but you choose to ignore them.
Did you read Seefried's statement (above)?
Or did you read what the AMPA
Perhaps you're trying to do a cover up by insinuation that Rosebush
is being railroaded.
was a public figure prior to commencing his
present 4 year employment.
Dr. Rosebush is a counselor, and has been writing curriculum for 20 years.
He was also a successful Air Force officer.
This is why the Inspector General needs to conduct an inquiry as to how Dr. Rosebush
was hired given his
professional work experience that clearly disqualifies him for the position.
Indeed, the gravest concern is how Brig.
Gen. Gregory Lengyel, the Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy
has acted in direct insubordination of Policy as directed to him from his
The very fact that the response from the Academy is that Dr. Rosebush
is ""only" in charge of "coaching" them on developing good character and leadership skills" is concrete evidence of insubordination and countermanding orders by Academy Leadership.
The previous 20 years of professional experience of Dr. Rosebush
in practicing, promoting, and supporting "reparative therapy" directly relates to his
willingness to place super