Camenker: GSA Clubs Recruit Christian Students

Brian Camenker of MassResistance is an incredibly virulent anti-gay bigot even by Christian right standards, so naturally Gordon Klingenschmitt brought him on his show to declare that Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in school specifically try to recruit Christian kids and turn them gay.

“I have seen over the years, a movement of, in general, where you have kids who are very vulnerable, maybe having troubles at home, maybe having their own issues and the gay clubs will say ‘the reason you’re not fitting in is because you’re really gay,'” Camenker said. “And they will take them under their wing and they will persuade them to come out because this is who you really are. And pretty soon these kids are getting involved in these really horrible behaviors, horrible things at the meetings. We’ve seen it up close and we’ve seen the anxiety that the parents go through when their kids are suddenly taken over by this.”

“Yes, they love getting kids from Christian backgrounds,” he continued. “That seems to be something that they particularly enjoy to do.”

Two obvious responses:

1. Evidence, please.

2. Even if this were happening, can’t it just be prayed away?

httpv://youtu.be/Z2oOFxenVAY

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  • hunter

    Camenker is so extreme that he and his hate group were asked not to get involved in the last Maine referendum on marriage equality because opponents were afraid he’d turn off the voters.

    As it turned out, didn’t matter — they managed to do the job on their own.

  • John Pieret

    maybe having troubles at home

    Maybe like Christian parents who threaten to throw them out of the house unless they “man up”?

    they love getting kids from Christian backgrounds

    Given that 70-80% of Americans identify as Christians, it would be surprising if most gay kids didn’t come from “Christian backgrounds.”

    We’ve seen it up close and we’ve seen the anxiety that the parents go through when their kids are suddenly taken over by this.

    Yeah, I can see where bigots and homophobes will suffer anxiety when they find out their kids are gay. Of course, if they stop worrying about what their families, friends, pastor and fellow church goers think and just remember they are the same kids they loved and raised, even if they are gay, they have a shot of getting over it.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Their god is so puny. A milquetoast of a god. Completely powerless in the face of any adversary. I’d be embarrassed to worship a god so underwhelming.

    Why not try Quetzalcoatl? That god wasn’t messing around!

  • blf

    Why not try Quetzalcoatl? That god wasn’t messing around!

    Why not? Limited diet

    FSM is much tastier, with many more devoted restaurants, pastas, and sauces.

  • scienceavenger

    I have seen over the years, a movement of, in general, where you have kids alcoholics who are very vulnerable, maybe having troubles at home, maybe having their own issues and the gay clubs alcoholism program will say ‘the reason you’re not fitting in is because you’re really gay you haven’t let go and let God‘”

    FTFY.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Given that 70-80% of Americans identify as Christians, it would be surprising if most gay kids didn’t come from “Christian backgrounds.”

    Just like most atheist kids, most Pagan kids, most liberal-Christian kids…

    …where you have kids who are very vulnerable, maybe having troubles at home, maybe having their own issues…

    Well, so much for the tired old notion that being Christian means you never have troubles at home.

  • Mr Ed

    Jimmy was a good boy. He was respectful of his parents, said his prays and went to church and Sunday school without fail. Jimmy always listened to his pastor and tried to lead a good life to honor God. Jimmy joined his schools GSA hoping to save a few souls. That is when Jimmy met his first gay. They gay didn’t seem that much different than anyone else, he wasn’t sick and didn’t try to change Jimmy. They talked about sports and model trains that they both liked.

    Jimmy is a good boy. He is respectful of his parents, says his prayers and goes to church and Sunday school without fail. Jimmy always listens to the pastor and honor God but he wonders what else the pastor got wrong.

  • matty1

    Quite right, going around recruiting impressionable young people by pretending to understand their problems is a job for the churches.

  • kantalope

    ” And pretty soon these kids are getting involved in these really horrible behaviors, horrible things at the meetings.”

    This dude thinks the meetings are orgies! Or he thinks consumption of cookies and punch are horrible behaviors. Either way, sheesh.

  • John Pieret

    PZ has the heart-breaking story of a transgendered girl who committed suicide because of the “anxiety” of her parents on finding out that their child was “suddenly taken over” by supposedly “horrible behaviors.”

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/12/30/the-saddest-thing-ive-read-today/comment-page-1/#comment-895122

  • tfkreference

    kids are getting involved in these really horrible behaviors, horrible things at the meetings. We’ve seen it up close

    Why do they always sound so voyeuristic?

  • abb3w

    @-1, Camenker

    I have seen over the years, a movement of, in general, where you have kids who are very vulnerable, maybe having troubles at home, maybe having their own issues and the gay clubs […] will take them under their wing

    Psychological projection? From what I recall of Altemeyer and Hunsberger’s “Amazing Conversions” study, this seems relatively close to how Christian groups tend to pick up converts from those of irreligious backgrounds.