Today's Star runs an article that is more or less preaching the virtues of the ex-gay movement.
Exodus International plans on holding their 31st Annual Exodus Freedom Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana this year. The "conference" will focus on spreading the lies and hatred that make up the ex-gay movement.
Star religion reporter, Robert King, gives the gathering the same dignity that the Shriner's Convention would receive. There is no mention of the fact that the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, or the National Association of Social Workers have denounced this practice as harmful to the mental and physical health of gays and lesbians. The article doesn't say that the Exodus International founder has since denounced the organization as a "brainwashing cult." It doesn't tell you that the movement's "clinics" in other states are being shut down as unlicensed medical treatment centers.
In fact, the only negatives to the cause seems to be the Reverend Jeff Miner's quote. Talk about the lone voice calling in the wilderness...
How disappointing to see such drivel in the Star. After an opinion piece that said we deserve human rights, it's very discouraging to see a puff piece on how we wouldn't need those rights if we'd just conform to a good Christian life. Perhaps next we'll see a piece from King on a faith healer's convention so good Christian's won't support those sinful hospitals anymore.
Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana, a self-described pro-family lobbying group, said churches with traditional beliefs on homosexuality have been slow to get involved in ex-gay ministries. But more are getting interested.
"As homosexuality is becoming more and more acceptable in the culture, even to the point of being hip or chic -- particularly among teenagers -- churches are realizing that this may be a growing problem that they need to address," said Clark, whose organization is among those telling churches about the conference.
The conference includes sessions for married couples in which one spouse struggles with being attracted to people of the same sex.
A youth-day event will point conflicted kids toward the path of heterosexuality. And there will be support groups and educational sessions for parents with gay children.
Miner, with Jesus Metropolitan Community Church, said he feels only a "deep sense of sadness" for the people who will attend.
He says few -- those with an ambiguous sexuality -- ever change, and many more will find only heartache.