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This week Time Magazine published an awfully lazy, undocumented, unsubstantiated, patently biased article about nine former “exgay leaders” who are all now working for the gay establishment. The article is full of the type of generalized, cut and paste conjecture that liberals have become known for when addressing sexuality issues. Writer Maya Rhodan really ought to petition Time to scrub this article from their site and restore the sacred white space to its original purity, but I doubt that will happen. As a black woman Rhodan should know how deep racism and discrimination can run in this country and its sad that she would write this and neglect to do even basic homework. But I guess a paycheck is more important that truth, huh sistah? At any rate, this really isn’t about the shoddy article, but about the people mentioned in it and their unchallenged claims.
Its said of the fallen nine that they all now vociferously oppose so called “conversion therapy” or whatever dubious name gay activists and their religious left allies have dubbed it.
The nine are all white men and women. Yvette Schneider, Brad Allen, Darlene Bogle, Michael Bussee, Catherine Chapman, Jeremy Marks, Bill Prickett, Tim Rymel, and John Smid. Most have connections to the former Exodus organization which fell ingloriously into oblivion last year. Some have been “apologizing” mainly because gay activists force them to do so if they want to have positive blogs written about them. They’ve now formed some type of reality show alliance to help ban therapy for sexual identity issues in all 50 states.
Thankfully, I was never part of this inner workings of Exodus. Particularly after Alan Chambers rose to “power”, Exodus trended 99.8% white and he kept it that way so I didnt personally know any of these people. Its rather funny that none of them are apologizing for Exodus’ racist exclusion of blacks in leadership. I have, over the course of the years seen them be seduced by the lie, fall, wallow and then relish themselves in it. Its a predictable outcome. Believing a lie always ends the same for every person who embraces it. These nine are no exception and certainly not worthy of any celebration because of their failures. They are to be sincerely pitied.
Some have really went to excesses not only just emerging from their Exodus/exgay experience with bitterness but to live an embittered life which seems to drive them to do and say whatever it takes to satisfy their new gay rights comrades. Isn’t that just trading one enslaving brokenness for another?
- Michael Bussee claims he was a “founder” of Exodus but the recorded facts prove he was little more than a volunteer who assisted in contacting people to come to the first meeting. But his bitterness and the insatiable desire for the homosexual movement to stamp out any “exgay” embers, made him an attractive manipulation tool. And his own failure to RESOLVE his sexual dysfunctions and discipline himself like EVERY believer is commanded to do in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 says that perhaps he only had a bystander type of religious experience which could not sustain him when temptations challenged him. I also wonder when Bussee will ever apologize for his racism while in Exodus?
- The same can be said of John Smid. For years he followed company policy even though he knew (according to him) he was contributing to a lie but for some reason he held on and dutifully promised people they could be “straight”. It was only a matter of time before the insistent homosexuals beat down his door, dismantled his weak defenses, exploited his fragile self worth and convinced him that such beliefs are altogether impossible. Their solution? Trade your professional exgay shill status and for a professional gay shill status. The rest is sad history.
I was familiar perhaps moreso with Yvette Cantu before she married. Though we never met, I noticed her more for some unexplained reason. She always seemed to be confident, articulate and stable. Her book Never Not Broken chronicles a family incident that led her down a bizarre path and into the dark world of soothsayers, mystic guides and mythological beliefs. How ironic that the blind guides she sought out to help her in her family tragedy led her into shipwreck.
Yvette Cantu Schneider descends into the abyss of her own psyche after her young daughter’s leukemia diagnosis. Desperate for relief from ceaseless panic, she sees a psychotherapist who introduces her to guided imagery meditation to heal trauma. Over the course of her daughter’s 28-month treatment, Cantu Schneider encounters in meditation, animals, goddesses and other guides who show her that it is the wounded feminine within her that pushed her to find meaning and acceptance in a rigid religious structure and to become a spokesperson for controversial socio-political causes. As Cantu Schneider struggles to heal from difficult events from her childhood, the abuses and hypocrisies of religious leaders, and the effects of her own denial of the feminine divine, she discovers her true self. In the end, she finds that life’s healing power is that we are all never not broken.”
That’s just plain creepy. The irony of it all begs an explanation. Schneider gets therapy to sort out her issues with the tragic illness of her child, but wants to deny another parent the right to seek out therapy for their child to sort out issues with sexual identity.
These fallen ex-leaders lost credibility because they couldnt maintain their own personal discipline as Christians. Thats the real story. Now they want to gays to grant them redemption by slicing at the hopes of other people who want help to live in peace. Their failures are just that. Their failures. It would be much more respectable to just admit you failed and then talk about your own failures without trying to slime others who haven’t failed.
Anne Paulk who heads the Restored Hope Network wrote: “The nine individuals who came together to try to eliminate teens’ opportunity to find counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions, yet did not go through good professional Christian counseling are writing responses on our page. We have heard from 3 of them: Darlene Bogle, Tim Rymel and now John Smid. I knew Darlene at the end of her experience of leaving homosexuality and noticed an impending return back in California many years ago. Tim is a sweet guy who left homosexuality at the same ministry as I in California under the leadership of John Smid. Tim led worship for a number of events with the ministry. He married, had children and then returned to the gay life and a homosexual relationship. The history with John Smid is much more extensive. He married my roommate and was married a bit longer than I, divorcing his lovely wife last year for another man. He also ran a ministry that was actually brought up on lawsuits related to harm. So perhaps he should not have been running interventions and family therapy when he himself was not clinically trained. Could he be desiring to ban whatever he was misusing?”
None of the nine ever substantiate their claims with any specific information. None ever speak of an authentic personal experience with Jesus. Its as if they appeared out of nowhere and signed some exgay right to work contract. None of them ever cite where they actually engaged in the type of counseling they are seeking to restrict. Eventually all of them will die and have to face God on the other side of death. We will see if God will accept their apologies as legitimate.
So many nongay people blindly accept the theory of sexual orientation as if it were as obvious as the sun in the sky. Mainly because gay people say so. Several “scholarly studies” have huffed and puffed but failed to establish anything of substance. Most are just full of senseless veneration to a concept which serves to feed all public manipulation tactics. Just like this:
“The role of genetics in male sexual orientation was investigated by pedigree and linkage analyses on 114 families of homosexual men. Increased rates of same-sex orientation were found in the maternal uncles and male cousins of these subjects, but not in their fathers or paternal relatives, suggesting the possibility of sex-linked transmission in a portion of the population. DNA linkage analysis of a selected group of 40 families in which there were two gay brothers and no indication of nonmaternal transmission revealed a correlation between homosexual orientation and the inheritance of polymorphic markers on the X chromosome in approximately 64 percent of the sib-pairs tested. The linkage to markers on Xq28, the subtelomeric region of the long arm of the sex chromosome, had a multipoint lod score of 4.0 (P = 10(-5), indicating a statistical confidence level of more than 99 percent that at least one subtype of male sexual orientation is genetically influenced.”
But Jason Salomone, founder of Time4Truth poses some questions proving that sexual orientation is nothing more than a dead end, man made social construct with no scientific evidence to support it. It doesn’t even pass a simple logic muster. Feel free to answer in the comments if you desire. Let the scrutiny begin.
How does an attraction that cannot procreate itself acquire a gene?
I understand that “sexual orientation” refers to romantic or sexual preference. So what scientific method is used to show that “sexual orientation” is real?
That is, what is the empirical evidence that homosexuality is a uniform attribute across individuals, has its own DNA, that sexual attraction never fluctuates, and homosexuality can easily be measured?
Where is “sexual orientation” located? On the liver? The earlobe? The pancreas?
If we have a “sexual orientation” why can’t doctors identify our “sexual orientation” when we are born?
Does proof of the existence of “sexual orientation” mean that the behavior that flows from it, should be affirmed, encouraged?
If “sexual orientation” exists, can you please show me a picture of one?
If it is invisible, what kind of instrument do you use to measure it? Electricity is measured by voltage meters. Thoughts can be measured with lie detector devices, and with medical equipment. Meteorologists have instruments to measure wind. Where’s the MRI and/or CAT scan data for so-called “sexual orientation?”
A repost of my article for Voice of the Voiceless
The fight for therapy equality and affirming equal access to counseling options in Texas is no longer just a dream thanks to the courageous actions of the Texas Republican Party. As a native Texan and a 24 year EXLGBT American, Im elated to write about it.
Johnathan Saenz of Texas Values Action told KERA News, “Texas Republicans want to make clear: If a parent wants to take their child and have a discussion with a counselor about their questions about sexuality, they should have the freedom to do that.”
The resolution reads in part:
“…we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle…”
Bucking the trend to punish citizens who seek counseling for unwanted same sex attractions —and the professionals who want to help them— the Texas GOP took an unusual step and voted to affirm therapy equality. The move would have made African American Texas GOP pioneer Norris Wright Cuney (1846-1898) proud. When Cuney and other African Americans were building the party in Texas, passion to build a better social and economic future for African Americans was the catalyst that birthed their innovative drive. At that time, there existed no promises of “affirmative action” to lull them into complacency. What they did face was the consistent attacks of the Democrat-led Klan who conspired at every turn to block access to the well being of black American citizens.
There was strong and widespread support for passage of the resolution among Texas conservatives, perhaps fed up with the anti-American actions of liberals who continue to deny rights and suppress hope for potential millions of Americans seeking avenues to change sexual and emotional dysfunctions. Rape, molestation and sexual abuse have been at the root of much sexual confusion. The New Jersey legislation was dubbed the “Jerry Sandusky Victimization Act”, because opponents contended it would prevent victims of abuse and molestation who subsequently developed homosexual inclinations, from getting much needed counseling.
Much of the therapy discrimination is based on nonscientific political posturing. To date, there has been no recognizable scientific evidence or research demonstrating that therapy (or ministry) to individuals seeking change from homosexuality is harmful or ineffective.
American citizens who seek therapy and ministry options to help them live out their identity has been under attack. In California and New Jersey, unnecessarily punitive laws have been passed depriving hurting parents of the opportunity to help their OWN children get professional counseling to overcome unwanted same gender sexual desires. In nine other states, serious attempts have been made to deprive tax-paying Americans of the freedom to seek ssa counseling.
The driving force behind this historic move was Jeremy Schwab of Dallas, himself a beneficiary of therapy and counseling. He’s taken a more proactive, positive role in fighting discrimination against EXLGBT Americans.
Schwab found that necessity was the mother of activism.
“Activists have drafted a bill to be introduced in all 50 states which will ban or severely restrict access to Reparative Therapy and all other SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts) including religious counseling. A similar bill is currently under review in the British Parliament which goes much further,” he said.
Said Schwab, “After California and New Jersey passed these laws last year, I began reaching out to Republican State Legislators and State Senators to discuss the law. In Washington State, the bill flew through their House without any opposition from Republicans, but once we talked with the GOP state senators and they came to understand the full story, they stood up and blocked this awful bill. The same has been the case now for eleven other states.
In each case, it took significant efforts to educate GOP legislators and rally grassroots support before their GOP lawmakers realized the importance of this issue to religious freedom. Since this bill is being introduced in all 50 states, it is a critical and unique addition to the State GOP which is not fully covered by the current language.”
That’s why what happened in Texas matters. State legislatures must understand that its immoral to enshrine into law deprivation of therapy equality. No American should have to go day after day tortured and suicidal because he or she has been told there are no options and no choices for them. LGBT Americans have the freedom to seek counseling to affirm their homosexual behavior and its big business. The San Francisco based Gaylesta, a “GLBTQ Psychotherapy Association” lists some 250 mental health professionals available to homosexuals. Why are EXGLBT Americans treated differently? Why give some unlimited options for personal happiness but deprive others of even one hopeful avenue of change? Why is the fate of their happiness and the happiness of their families placed in the hands of people who despise them? Aren’t all Americans guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
This isn’t empty complaining, but the stark reality that in America homosexual activists are pursuing legal tools to punish people who simply want freedom from a crippling sexual and emotional condition.
Transgenders (a person who psychologically believe they are the opposite gender) are popping up everywhere. Its almost like someone is growing them on a secret farm in the Colorado mountains. According to statistics, only a miniscule fraction of the population self identify as “transgender”. For context, its about 700k out of 320 million people. But with the mainstream media trumpeting the arrival of the transgender as if it were the second coming of Christ, it gives the false impression that these people are greater than the populations of New York and California combined.
Consequently, the Southern Baptist Convention responded like any caring, compassionate yet, truth-loving Christian organization should respond to the growing push to normalize gender confusion. They passed a comprehensive resolution explaining why social acceptance of any mental abnormality is not compatible with Christian teaching. Christ desires that people live whole lives of abundance therefore its our responsibilities as his followers to refute culture’s anything goes meme.
But Exgaywatch’s Mike Airhart decided to jump off the cliff of rational sanity by responding to the resolution with a poorly used strawman collection. Well, lets be honest, the response is like watching an overweight child in a supermarket throw a full blown tantrum because his mommy wont buy him a six pack of candy bars. A strawman for those who are unaware is very commonly used logical fallacy. It occurs when your opponent intentionally misinterprets, misrepresents or revisions your position in order to construct a false argument that’s easier to refute than your actual one. And then your opponent refutes this false argument which you never actually proposed.
Airhart begins by citing false teacher John Shore to pad his assertions with a layer of legitimacy. After all, if John Shore is opposed to the resolution, then it must be pretty jacked up, right? Necessity has forced the Christian left to create their own cadre of rolodexed “experts” and theologians who exist merely to supply superficial attaboys to gay christian dogma. John Shore is one of those very convenient people.
So to accomplish the mission, Airhart and Shore reword the resolution’s main points, fashioning them into silly, bite-sized memes intended to make their points sound ridiculous.
- Transgender people are crazy
- Transgender people are delusional
- Transgender people are rejecting God’s will
- Transgender people are rejecting God’s plan
- If transgender people would pray more they’d stop being transgender.
- Transgender people should not be protected by law.
- No law should ever in any way validate transgender people.
- It’s immoral for a transgender person to alter their body to reflect their gender identity.
- Children must be protected from the transgender people being normal.
- Hatred from the pulpit against transgender people should be practiced and protected.
- All Christians should actively teach and preach against transgender people
Such a cheap and trite attempt to smear the caring response of the Southern Baptist Convention is sad. Our advice for Mr. Airhart: get up off the floor and stop making a scene. Too much candy is very bad for your teeth and mature minds are needed to help people suffering with gender confusion.
Calling it “very disturbing”, prominent, Christian creationist advocate, Ken Ham, called out a deceptive website aimed at converting weak-minded Christians on the issue of homosexuality. The “disturbing” part in “very disturbing” is that the website wasn’t launched by some seedy porn producer, but by the Auburn Theological Cemetery Seminary in New York.
Auburn Theological Seminary was originally established as a Presbyterian seminary, and—according to its website—is “the second oldest seminary affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA)” and “maintains a covenant agreement with the Presbyterian Church (USA) to promote strong church leadership.” Auburn seminary is on the campus of Union Theological Seminary, and focuses on leadership training and continuing education.
The website, dubbed “The Friends and Family Plan” is run by Auburn Media, a part of Auburn Seminary. Ham says the effort being made by ATS “flies in the face of everything God’s Word says about marriage and sexuality.”
Ham writes that visitors to “The Friends and Family Plan” website are assumed to be supporters of homosexual behavior. The web visitors are walked through a series of questions about who they know that doesn’t support such behavior, and then they’re given a “plan” tailored to reach the person who has chosen to stand on the authority of God’s Word rather than man’s opinion when it comes to same-sex behavior.
The website’s creators explain why they focus exclusively on reaching Christians:
Approximately three-quarters of Americans identify as Christian. According to research there is a growing number of Americans who know, respect, and even love an LGBT person but do not provide full support for LGBT equality because of their Christian convictions. The Friends & Family Plan has focused on Christians because we believe that if we can help conflicted Christians support the people they know and love who are LGBT without leaving their Christianity behind, we will be well on our way to developing a critical mass in America that stands for equality for LGBT people.
These statements reveal a huge flaw in the seminary’s thinking. They actually believe there’s a way to reconcile the homosexual lifestyle with Scripture. But the Bible very clearly does not approve of same-sex relationships.