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Exodus International

March 11, 2009

A new favorite blog of mine is "Box Turtle Bulletin", a blog which gives "News, analysis, and fact-checking of anti-gay rhetoric".  It’s usually a good read, and does a great job of staying away from snarky jabs or unreasonable anger.  They simple do their best to point out when the gay community is being threatened or lied about.
Recent reading has given me yet more cause to distrust and dislike ex-gay organizations, specifically Exodus International.  This is one of those "love the sinner, hate the sin" type organizations, which advocates voluntary conversion therapy to turn gay people straight.  In America they make a big deal about it being voluntary, and that they don’t advocate violence towards gays.
Apparently those rules don’t apply in third world countries.
In Uganda right now there’s a big conference on homosexuality.  Uganda has one of the worst records of any place in the world for it’s acceptance of gays: homosexuality is a criminal offense punishable by lifetime imprisonment, and there is a history of anti-gay violence sweeping the country at intervals.  This conference features a board member of Exodus International, as well as a loverly man by the name of Scott Lively, who blames gays for the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide of ’94.   The board member, Don Schmierer, spoke using his authority as a member of Exodus International.  What does this conference advocate?  Stiffer pentalties for being gay, including forced conversion therapy, and the creation of an organization designed to wipe out gays in the country.  These people are spreading the worse sort of anti-gay hate speech, and doing it in a place far enough away so that they can keep their clean image here.  It’s well established that the leaders of Exodus International knew what would be said at this conference, and that they did not stop their board member from going, or speak out in any way distancing the organization from the stance of one of it’s prominent members, thereby tacitly endorsing his positions.
Wanna read more?
http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/
Most of the recent post are about this.

Some day I’d like to meet an organization that actually is honest about it’s anti-gay stance.  We here a lot of talk about "love the sinner hate the sin" to our faces, and constantly behind our backs it’s made obvious that it’s pretty much hate the sinner, hate the sin.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2009 3:03 am

    Was it just gay gentiles that caused the Holocaust, then? And why did we murder…um…ourselves?

  2. March 12, 2009 4:01 am

    Yeah isn’t that a good one? These are wonderful, intelligent people, lemme tell ya…

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