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One year after they revolted against moderates at Exodus International, hardline ex-gay activists at the dubiously-named Restored Hope Network are still grasping for recognition -- apparently with little success.
In recent Facebook posts, RHN leaders:
- market a three-year-old antigay book by antigay activists Joe Dallas and Nancy Heche
- promote the next annual conference of the discredited ex-gay think-tank NARTH
- repost anonymous and undated religious testimonials featuring politically motivated distortions of gender roles and discredited NARTH talking points about sexual attraction
- warn ominously of the alleged danger of providing accurate history and sexuality lessons to secondary-school children
- cross-promote propaganda of the Family Research Council, an SPLC-certified hate group
- assert notions of "Godly sexuality" that lack actual Biblical support
- shill for the National Day of Prayer Task Force -- an evangelical GOP front group that locks out religious Americans who reject evangelicalism and conservative politics
- invite wives of "sexually broken men" to commiserate at an antigay religious retreat
- complain that public libraries are refusing to host ex-gay hardliners' disproven claims and bigotry alongside factual sexual, spiritual, and mental-health resources
- thank frustrated ex-gay activist D.L. Foster for a roadmap to greater conformity and orthodoxy among antigay activists