Rev. Tinkywinky's Easter 'ex-gay' bleating
In his Easter weekend WingNutDaily column, Jerry Falwell takes time to reflect on one of the most important issues of the day — the “former homosexual.”
I would like to tell you about some people who are often treated as if they do not exist. While they flourish as citizens and are active in our churches across the nation, it is as if they lack reality as far as the so-called mainstream media are concerned.
These people are former homosexuals, sometimes known as ex-gays, who have prevailed over their previous existence. I imagine they are the most politically incorrect people in our nation. They do exist, though, and there are untold thousands of them.
But when former homosexuals are depicted on the networks, they are typically unhappy or anxious to return to their former lives. On NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU,” an ex-gay man returns to his former lifestyles but murders another gay man to hide his backslide. On NBC’s “Will & Grace,” a meeting of former homosexuals ends with everyone present running off with a same-sex member of the group.
So you see, when these individuals are not being completely ignored, they are being demeaned and put down by those who argue that one cannot overcome homosexuality.
Ex-gay ministries attempt to reach homosexuals with the Gospel of Christ so they can find fulfillment in Him. Former homosexuals learn to overcome their same-sex attractions and often marry and have children.
I am proud to know several former homosexuals. It is thrilling to see them joyously living out their lives. I have actually had the privilege of working with a few individuals who have turned their backs on homosexuality so that they can live fully in Christ.
I actually addressed a rally of ex-gays last year and can tell you that they are living out their faith as fearlessly as any group of people I have seen in quite some time. It is a great pleasure to see people discover true peace, true purpose in Christ.
This isn’t a popular notion, by any means. But it is imperative that the Church of Jesus Christ boldly confronts the issues of homosexuality and the power of Christ to enable change.
As Stephen Bennett says, “Jesus never tolerated sin. He confronted it – in love.”
Stephen lived the homosexual lifestyle until he was 28. And then he gave his life to Jesus Christ. Today, 16 years later, he is happily married, the father of two, and one of the nation’s most courageous spokesmen on overcoming homosexuality through Christ. You can learn more about his story at: www.sbministries.org.
That’s enough. I couldn’t take any more of this bullsh*t. Once he threw the Stephen Bennett card out there, I simply stopped reading. How can you take Stephen Bennett seriously when he spouts this lunacy:
1. “I don’t understand why everybody is jumping on the bandwagon of homosexuality,” says Bennett. “It is like the ‘in thing’ today. And, of course, with this movie Brokeback Mountain, everybody is jumping in now to do what they can to capitalize on this newest, latest fad that people are accepting.”
2. “I just spoke with a married man on the telephone who is contemplating leaving his wife and children,” says host Stephen Bennett. “He says he’s gay, and Brokeback Mountain has influenced his decision.”
3. “We keep in contact with many of those active homosexuals who are curious [about Stephen’s “deliverance from homosexuality”]. But in most cases, they will tell me I was never “gay” in the first place. And I tell them, “Yeah, you go and ask my 100-plus partners how ‘gay’ I was not.” I was “gay.”
I decided to skim further so you could choose to go on with the torture if you wanted to — the rest of the commentary pimps the work of Rev. Tinkywinky’s legal arm, Liberty Counsel and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) to combat diversity training and tolerance in schools.
For instance, PFOX’s response to Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) at schools is to encourage kids to start “Ex-Gay” & “Everstraight Clubs”. One of its leaders, “ex-gay” Richard Cohen, was expelled from the American Counseling Association for unethical behavior.
The purpose of an ex-gay & everstraight club is to provide a safe environment for all students to discuss alternatives to homosexuality and find ex-gay resources. Clubs can be started by students who have never been gay (everstraights), ex-gay students, and those struggling with unwanted same sex attraction. These alternative ex-gay clubs are started at schools (high school or college) which already have a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) or similar gay affirming club. These ex-gay clubs can be called by whatever name the student(s) decide is best for their school.
* BlogActive on Stephen Bennett: “Now, I don’t know if he has sex with men any more or not…but I can tell you he sure looks at the guys. Not one male intern walked by Bennett’s exhibit table [at a Concerned Women for America conference] without being checked out by Mr. Ex-Gay.”