Things get ugly in Illinois

According to a World Net Daily report, a couple of bricks were thrown through the window of the Christian Liberty Academy which hosted the Americans for Truth About Homosexuality banquet earlier this evening. The vandalism was conducted in the early morning hours today with an email sent to a Chicago area news source.No organization has taken responsibility for the incident which may mean that the attack was conducted by someone acting independently.The email focused on Scott Lively, who … [Read more...]

Is it the end of the ex-gay movement as we know it?

Michelle Goldberg has a piece online at the Daily Beast which asks the question: End of the Ex-gay Movement?In the piece she features John Smid's recent column where he asserted:I also want to reiterate here that the transformation for the vast majority of homosexuals will not include a change of sexual orientation. Actually I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.A 21 year veteran of Exodus International, with 11 years on the board of d … [Read more...]

What is violence? Scott Lively and the Uganda anti-gay bill

This weekend Moody Church pastor Erwin Lutzer is slated to speak at a banquet hosted by the American for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). Also on the agenda is the presentation of AFTAH's "Truth Teller" Award to Scott Lively. You can read more about Mr. Lively here. I have written much about him, his book The Pink Swastika, and his work in Uganda.Because of the presence of Lively, a Chicago area gay activist group, the Gay Liberation Network, wrote Rev. Lutzer to inform him of Lively's … [Read more...]

NARTH Touts Jones and Yarhouse Study

I was wondering when NARTH would weigh in on the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy publication of the Jones and Yarhouse study. Dated October, 2011, the title of the post -- Change in Sexual Orientation is Possible -- immediately spins the study. Here is what the press release about the Jones and Yarhouse study says:WHEATON, Ill., Sept. 27, 2011 /Standard Newswire/ -- Many professional voices proclaim that it is impossible to change homosexual orientation, and that the attempt to change is … [Read more...]

A Peter Waldron Sighting in Iowa: Spreading the Gospel of Michele Bachmann

Peter Waldron, the man who helped Michele Bachmann take the Iowa caucus vote in August, is back in Iowa organizing pastors. According to the New York Times yesterday, Waldron was deploying his faith based strategies:One Bachmann aide, Peter Waldron, gathered 16 evangelical pastors in Des Moines last week to discuss strategy. “These are our caucus-builders,” Mr. Waldron said. “We have a very deliberate plan. It’s been thought-out, prayed over.”The plan probably looks something like the one he … [Read more...]

Former Love in Action Director: I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual

John Smid was once the director of Love in Action a longtime Exodus International affiliate based in Memphis, TN. I have always found John's candor refreshing. My first contact with John was at an Exodus meeting where he questioned the slogan, "change is possible."In addition to support groups, LIA also had a live-in program known for rigid behavioral rules as a means of reducing same-sex attraction. That program is now closed and John is no longer with LIA.In recent months, John has … [Read more...]

Alan Chambers on It Gets Better: Life Comes First

In a blog post today on the Exodus International site, Exodus President Alan Chambers walked back from earlier criticism of the "It Gets Better" campaign a bit. Chambers writes:A few months ago I went on record criticizing the “It Gets Better” campaign that has gone viral with an anti-bullying message for LGBT teens.  My criticism was over the use of “Woody,” the fictional star from the box office smash Toy Story trilogy.  I reacted because I hate when iconic children’s heroes are used to furth … [Read more...]

Romney comdemns "poisonous language" of Bryan Fischer

So says the Washington Post, Right Wing Watch and Religion Dispatches.My preference would have been for a more energetic response, but at least Romney addressed Fischer's unChristian bigotry.  … [Read more...]