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Countering the 'ex-gay' movement in Texas

Wayne Besen‘s Truth Wins Out organization held a demonstration Saturday in Carrolton, TX to counter an “ex-gay” conference at Vista Ridge Baptist Church, put on by Living Hope/Lasting Change.

Living Hope is an arm of infamous Exodus International which is staffed full of ex-gay-for-pay individuals who attempt to convince people struggling with their homosexuality that they can “pray away the gay.”

TWO is spreading the word on the terrible toll this sort of nonsense takes on people.

“This symposium is a masquerade of the misguided that shatters families, ruins lives and can lead to suicide,” said TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Living Hope should stop using distorted images of gay life, outdated science and slanderous stereotypes to scare people into attending its conference. We also reject the false message that gays and lesbians cannot be people of faith.”

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Joining Besen at the demonstration were notable leaders such as: Rev. Colleen Darraugh, MCC of Greater Dallas; Rev. Ken Ehrke, Agape MCC, Fort Worth; Brother Curtis Smith, Pastoral Leader, Trinity MCC, Arlington; Daniel Gonzales, contributing author, Ex-Gay Watch; and Fort Worth Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

Wayne also notes that Exodus has included, as part of its “therapy”, such tactics as “exorcisms, lipstick seminars for lesbians and repossessing men’s Calvin Klein underwear because it is deemed ‘too gay.'”

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Flying with the End Times

I got an email from Daniel at Ex Gay Watch, who attended the above TWO counter-demonstration protest, and he passed along an amusing tidbit about his flight — a
woman in the row ahead him was reading End Times magazine (the T in Times is a cross).

Garland, TX-based End Times Ministries is run by Irvin Baxter, Jr. There’s a long description of his gift of prognostication on the site. A snippet of the batsh*ttery:

In 1965, when Irvin Baxter, Jr. was only twenty years old, a visiting evangelist taught one evening regarding the four beasts of Revelation, chapter 4. He said that they were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John!

“I knew that wasn’t right,” relates Baxter. “He offered no evidence; no scripture. He just said it! It inspired me to find the truth. For the next 30 days, I read the book of Revelation nineteen times from front to back.”

More than 25 years have passed since the spark was ignited in Irvin Baxter Jr. Since then, he has made several revolutionary discoveries in Bible prophecy. He has also become the editor of the most widely circulated prophecy magazine in the world, hosts the daily radio broadcast, Politics and Relgion, and is the author of several prophecy books and Bible studies. In 1968, Baxter predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall. He emphasized that this event would be the catalyst that would begin an international movement called the New World Order. Eighteen years later, in 1986, Baxter documented these teachings in his first book, A Message for the President, and he founded Endtime, a non-profit corporation. Three years later, in 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, Germany was reunited, and we’ve heard continually about the New World Order ever since.

Maybe you’d like to visit the End Times store and pick up a 666 – Satan’s Master Plan DVD.

BTW, check out Ex Gay Watch’s infographic photos from the recent APA convention, where the “former homos” picketed.

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