Today, at the National Press Club, Michele Bachmann was asked about her husband’s clinic. She avoided the question again. This time there was no shoving or tossing mics, but she again dodged the issue. Of course, these are fair questions for people to ask. She will get these questions until she can come up with some narrative about the clinic that will satisfy the media. Obama had to deal with his church, his business dealings (Bachmann is co-owner of the… Read more

I spoke yesterday with Ugandan MP Hon. Otto Odonga who told me that the Parliament will bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Bill soon, perhaps “by the end of August.” Although the re-introduction of the antigay bill had been expected, Odonga said the bill is “back from the perspective of the new parliament starting from where the last parliament ended.” Since the end of the Eighth Parliament, observers have speculated that the Ninth Parliament might not require re-introduction of bills deliberated upon but not… Read more

Yesterday, I posted a piece at Religion Dispatches about the response of Ghana’s government to my inquiries about the recent calls for arrests of gays. Here is the lead: In the face of reports that Ghana’s Western Region Minister recently called for the arrest of gays, a Ghanaian government source told RD today that the government was not “clamping down” on sexual minorities. The source, who did not want to be named since he was not speaking officially, said that… Read more

Why won’t Michele Bachmann discuss her counseling clinic? Nearly three weeks after The Nation and Truth Wins Out published separate accounts of sexual orientation change efforts at their Minneapolis-area clinic, Bachmann continues to avoid media questions about the matter. As was demonstrated by her response to questions Sunday at a campaign event in Davenport, IA, her inability to handle the issue has allowed the story to live on. Late yesterday, WQAD reported that they were snubbed by Bachmann over a… Read more

After this prayer, NASCAR could do one of two things: Make this guy chaplain or enact a wall of separation between church and race. Boogety, boogety , boogety. Read more

New York can keep their gay marriage according to Texas Governor Rick Perry. “Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business,” Perry said at an event held by the Aspen Institute in Aspen,… Read more

I will be on CNN Newsroom Sunday at 8:30am (ET) 7/24 to talk about evangelicals and reparative therapy. I believe the focus is going to be on the recent issues relating to Marcus Bachmann’s clinic, Exodus, and Mark Yarhouse’s research demonstrating no orientation change on average in mixed orientation marriages. Read more

  All around people looking half-dead, walking on the sidewalk hotter than a matchhead… Yep, that’s about how it is… Read more

In a surprising move, the government of Uganda appointed an organization aligned with GLB interests there to an important public health committee. In a surprising, unprecedented action, the Uganda government has appointed LGBTI lobby group, Uhspa Uganda, to a committee to mainstream homosexual’s rights in Uganda’s Public Health Policies. The Uganda Health and Science Press Association is a registered LGBTI network of groups. The Health, Human Rights and Gender Committee is overseen by the Ministry of Health in Kampala. It… Read more

This change has been in the works for a long time but the news, coming during a renewed interest in reparative therapy, will keep the discussion going. Bottom line is that various stakeholders are not comfortable with the change paradigm and are moving to the congruence paradigm. Exodus, at times, has articulated a congruence message but has not followed through at the level of the resources offered. Some of their ministries are quite focused on congruence and others, including some major ones,… Read more

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