Exodus International, a place that specialized in “reparative therapy”, is closing. It has been the political crown jewel of the religious right for a decade. Even more newsworthy was the statement of it outgoing President.
He said the Christian approach to gay people should no longer be to change them into straight people. He apologized for claiming the organization could do and for the harm it might have done. He acknowledged he, himself, though married to a woman and considered by his own definition to be heterosexual, still has same sex attractions.
This acknowledgement is far different than those of right wing no nothings still left behind. One such person wrote the link below.
The link says Christians should pray for people “struggling with their sexuality”. Neither the gay or straight people I know are “struggling with their sexuality”. That is Christian right code language for “homosexuality is sin”. The sooner the idea homosexuality is sin can be trashed by the religious right the better off evenyone will be.
There are others within the reparative therapy scam who know sexual orientation cannot be changed simply by switching off some circuit. I knew a father with a gay son 30 years ago who had visited such a place and the staff was candid enough to admit same sex attraction can suppressed in a few people, but not replaced.
The closing of Exodus International is good. Recognition homosexuality is not a choice is even better.