The Magazine for the Black Ted Haggard…

… is called Venus Magazine.

It used to cater to African-American gays and lesbians.

But then the publisher, Charlene Cothran, became “redeemed” and is no longer gay.

Now, the mission of the magazine has changed to the following:

The new mission of Venus Magazine is to encourage, educate and assist those who desire to leave a life of homosexuality. Our ultimate mission is to win souls for Christ, and to do so by showing love to all God’s people. We believe that homosexuality is outside of the will of God. We know that many new and longtime VENUS readers have been instilled with a belief system that is in line with this teaching but are still living ‘in the life’. Many desire change and wonder if they can be accepted into the family of God ‘just as they are’. The answer is YES! These readers will find the new Venus an anointed and refreshing tool for kingdom work.

Cothran writes in this article about talking to a pastor who convinced her to change her lesbian ways:

As I blurted out that I was a proud card-carrying lesbian, the pastor reminded me that God’s mercy allowed me to survive my experiences as He developed my gifts, all as a part of His plan to lead others to Him, others who will not perhaps hear her or other ministers who have not LIVED this experience.

Lesbians gets cards?! I’m jealous.

She also gives advice to others on how to stop the gay:

Do not allow gay theology to divorce the Old testament from the New or the written words of the Apostles from the spoken words of Jesus Christ. This is a good trick, but its no longer working because God is preparing to bring millions of gays and lesbians back to His feet.

Gays have their own theology? Why has no one told me this…

Know that we were NOT born this way. This myth was fashioned by the white gay establishment as a basis for changing laws in favor of gay rights.

That’s right. It was the Man. How dare the “white gay establishment” try to procure rights for themselves! The bastards.

If you keep resisting [God] and hardening your heart, He will eventually stop calling you. You can then have a great time fulfilling all the fantasies of the flesh without feeling a thing, but what awaits you at the end of such a life?

A smile on my face :)

Also, if you’d like to share YOUR testimony with VENUS readers, email us at editor@venusmagazine.org or write VENUS, P. O. Box 4167, Hamilton, NJ 08610. Include your day and evening number.

I think we should all submit testimonials. Don’t forget: You’re black now. And not gay.

Ok, I kid around. But since there were so many magazines devoted to gays and lesbians in the black community before, I wonder how this revamped version will do. Cothra says her target audience is still the same. I can’t imagine that gays and lesbians would be accommodating to this new Venus Magazine, but the Windy City Times says:

… only six have cancelled their subscriptions so far. In just one day last week, four online readers unsubscribed. According to Cothran, there hasn’t been a mass drop-off of readers; moreover, she said that she’s gaining subscribers in the form of parents of gay and lesbian children, and others.

(Thanks to Logos for the link)


[tags]atheist, atheism, gay, lesbian, homosexual, Venus Magazine, African-American, Charlene Cothran, Christ, Old testament, Apostles, Jesus Christ, Hamilton, New Jersey, Windy City Times[/tags]

  • Johanna

    It’s sad that in order for gays to good about themselves they are compelled to condemn a person’s religious beliefs.

    In times of stife and hardship (a condition most black people are familiar with) whom do you suggest they place their faith in? People who define themselves by gross sex acts or our God? People who think it is just fine to tutor school children in the fine art of ‘fisting’ their partner? Hummmm….let me think.

    I can only imagine the hatred you must feel towards Charlene Cothran. She is no longer a slave to her base desires. She has awakened to a higher calling in life that has nothing whatsoever to do with the pleasures of this earth plane. But, many of you obviously cannot comprehend that. What on earth could be more compelling than your pleasure, right?

    And, you know what? If I didn’t believe in God, I might be just like you. But I’m not and neither is Charlene.

  • http://patrickimo.blogspot.com Patrick Craig

    Wow, Johanna, this is certainly out of left field. I want to explore your comments.

    It’s sad that in order for gays to good about themselves they are compelled to condemn a person’s religious beliefs.

    Please clarify – are you asserting that the other commenters on this blog entry are gay? Or are you speaking of a particular gay person or group of gay people who condemned your religious beliefs?

    People who define themselves by gross sex acts…
    …the fine art of ‘fisting’ their partner…
    …a slave to her base desires…
    …the pleasures of this earth plane…

    All of these appear to be negative comments toward homosexuality. Could you tell me, and PLEASE leave your bible out of this, what is so terribly wrong with homosexuality? If you can establish a good, non-supernatural reason why we should eliminate homosexuality from our world, maybe you can convince more people to help you achieve your goal. As it stands, the only reasons we here have heard come straight out of the bible, and we Atheists assign no authority or validity to that particular document. Even if we DID, we’d STILL have to ask, what is god’s problem with homosexuality?

    In times of stife and hardship (a condition most black people are familiar with)…

    This statement deeply saddens and disturbs me. It appears you are looking for racism, and though you will (unfortunately) find it just about anywhere you look, you’ll have a much harder time finding it here. The guy who runs this blog, Hemant, has roots in India, and if I were racist, I probably wouldn’t be here because his skin is darker than mine. :) Check out his book! I Sold My Soul on Ebay. You might find that you want to be “just like us” after all.

    Take care.

  • Darryl

    Johanna,

    Your post is insulting to the intelligence. Do you know what goes on in the bedrooms of heterosexuals? You talk about

    People who define themselves by gross sex acts…
    …the fine art of ‘fisting’ their partner…
    …a slave to her base desires…
    …the pleasures of this earth plane…

    I’m rather conservative when it comes to sex, but I’ve been around. Honey, if you’re prudish about sex, then you’re going to be very disappointed with a whole lot of religious folk. Lust makes savages of us all. Don’t kid yourself.

  • Richard Wade

    Hey Johanna,
    If the idea of gays condemning a person’s religious beliefs bothers you, this site will help you to feel better.

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