Willow Creek Church under the guns

On a smaller scale, I know how Willow feels.Reminds me of that old Steelers Wheels' song:Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.So the Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz declined to speak at Willow Creek Church's Leadership Summit because the church once affiliated with Exodus International. A petition at Change.org with just under 800 signatures provoked the CEO to change his plans. I must admit I am puzzled over this. I can understand a gay act … [Read more...]

Ghana's administration sends mixed signals on gays

Ghana's President has not spoken but a recent appointee seems to have taken on the role of government spokesperson. Lauretta Lamptey, a recent appointment to the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice clarified the position of her office on Tuesday.In short, the government is leaving it up to Parliament to either decriminalize homosexuality, to make the penalties stronger or leave things as they are. Lamptey says that being homosexual is not a crime but some kinds of … [Read more...]

David Barton's claims about gay indoctrination are false says American Academy of Pediatrics

Monday, I posted a rebuttal to David Barton's claims that the "leading pediatric association in America" called on the nation's school superintendents to stop indoctrinating kids to become gay.Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Deborah Linchesky, refuted Barton's claims saying, "the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) - not the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - sent a letter to school superintendents regarding homosexuality and gender identity." Linch … [Read more...]

Who drew more people than The Response?

Kind of a question and observation rolled into one: doesn't it seem like some of the highly touted big Christian gatherings (prayer rallies, solemn assemblies, awakenings) have not lived up to expectations?Last year, a big rally in MO called by Dutch Sheets was cancelled because of poor registration numbers, the various awakening meetings (Liberty Council, etc.) had smaller than expected numbers, and now The Response drew 30k in a stadium chosen because it seats 80k.These are ramblings … [Read more...]

Did the leading association of pediatricians say schools are forcing kids to be gay?

David Barton says they did (via Right Wing Watch).On his radio program Friday, August 5, Barton told his co-host Rick Green that the "leading pediatric association in America" wrote a letter to the superintendents of all the nation's public schools warning them to stop indocrinating students in homosexuality. Barton said the pediatricians told the educators:If you’ll just let this develop naturally, they’ll end up being heterosexual unless you force them to be homosexual.The only part of … [Read more...]

The Response – Good and bad

Rick Perry's not-as-big-as-hoped prayer meeting, The Response is underway in Texas. You can check out the live stream at the website. As I take a break and write, a gospel choir is belting out some sweet praise music. As an evangelical, these songs touch me deeply and as is customary for me lifts my emotions.But then I think about who is paying the bills (host entity) for the event.The folks who think there is honor in the displacement and elimination of Native Americans from the land, wh … [Read more...]

Do broken parental attachments cause homosexuality? An interview with Diana Fosha

Earlier this week, NPR produced a report briefly telling the stories of Rich Wyler and Peterson Toscano. Wyler is the co-founder of People Can Change and Journey into Manhood, both of which seek change of sexual orientation via a variety of highly provocative techniques. Toscano sought change for 17 years and then accepted that he was not changing despite a variety of methods.In that report, Wyler and Toscano both referred to the belief that attachment disruptions with the same-sex parent … [Read more...]

NPR addresses controversy over Journey into Manhood story

Via the Advocate.Called, "The Furor over Conversion Therapy" NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos attempted to address the issues raised by critics in the aftermath of the report.Go give it a read but I don't think NPR still gets it.Just want to get the link up now, I will have more to say shortly, especially about NPR's characterizations of Wyler's therapy.UPDATE: Well it took me awhile but here are some links to posts at Religion Dispatches about the NPR's … [Read more...]