‘Ex-gay’ Australian pastor charged with molesting a boy aged 13

‘Ex-gay’ Australian pastor charged with molesting a boy aged 13 February 7, 2020
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RON Charles Brookman, above, once a leading advocate for ‘pray-away-the-gay’ programmes in Australia, this week pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecently assaulting the boy in the 1980s.

The alleged crime took place when Brookman, 70, was Senior Pastor of the Newtown Mission Uniting Church in Sydney.

In 1999, Brookman became the Director of Living Waters Australia (LWA), one of the biggest gay conversion therapy programmes in Australia, and retired in 2014 after he decided to shut down the outfit.

Living Waters, which was profiled in 2016 by the Australian Women’s Weekly, was founded with the sole mission of converting gay people, or, as it likes to call it:

Sexual and relational brokenness.

People who worked with the program said that homosexuality was usually caused by sexual abuse but could also be caused by “disgusting” television shows.

In the profile, Brookman said that he is one of the ex-gay movement’s “success stories.”

He said that he used to lead a double life – pastor by day, gay scene queen by night – but said that he is now so devoted to his wife that he finds sex with men “repulsive.”

In a 2008 interview with Herald’s Good Weekend, he said that as a Christian teen, his homosexuality was :

Driven inward, but it was always just under the surface. When I was 26 I discovered homosexual pornography. I got married when I was 29 for all the wrong reasons. I wanted to keep up appearances as a happily married minister but it was a very sad and dysfunctional marriage.

After pleading not guilty to charges, Brookman said that he never actually believed in conversion therapy and that rumors that he did were a “media beat up”.

In 2012, Brookman testified before the Australian Senate in opposition to marriage equality as a “former homosexual,” where he decried the “narcissism of male homosexuality” which “diminishes the value of femininity.”

In his testimony he explained how he became straight, married his wife, and had three kids with her, and was now converting other gay men.

In the last six months I have celebrated with two ex-gay men, who have married beautiful wives, and with another two couples who have given birth to babies who would never have been born had the man not converted from homosexuality.

But after pleading not guilty Brookman said that he never actually believed in conversion therapy and that rumors that he did were a “media beat up”.

A spokesperson for the Uniting Church issued a statement that said:

Responsibility for the protection of children and vulnerable people very seriously, and has removed Mr. Brookman from all forms of ministry.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn


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  • I’m the exact opposite of surprised.

  • Jim Jones

    > this week pleased not guilty to a charge

    Perhaps he pleaded instead?

    In the last six months I have celebrated with two ex-gay men, who have married beautiful wives, and with another two couples who have given birth to babies who would never have been born had the man not converted from homosexuality.

    This is evil. These women were entitled to men who were fully heterosexual. Unless they were fully aware of the nature of the men they married, biblically (and probably legally) this was a wicked fraud.

    Amanda Blake, “Miss Kitty Russell” on the western television series Gunsmoke, died of AIDS after marrying a gay man.

  • Barry Duke

    Corrected now. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    homosexuality was usually caused by sexual abuse but could also be caused by “disgusting” television shows.

    This is parody, right?

    Somebody tell me that this is a reject from a comedy show script.

    Nobody really believes that, right?

    RIGHT ?

  • Jim Jones

    IME, most religious nonsense is either wishful thinking or virtue signaling or both.

    This could be both.

  • Christer Jervhäll

    The problem is that these Bible crazies are not used to research things properly or with an open mind. Therefore the first things that comes to mind will be the “cause” (unless a text from thousands of years ago tell them). If they actually researched the issues scientifically and openly they could get some real answers. But they are to lazy for that.

  • Raging Bee

    Go back to bed, little boy, this is a grownup conversation.

  • Raging Bee

    It may have started as parody, but got taken up as “serious” by some “reparative therapy” scammer who needed a new “theory” about gayness because all the old ones (weak father, “sexualized” at a young age, wrong toys, etc.) had been debunked.