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Exodus pimps 'Truth and Tolerance Outreach' propaganda to youth

The “ex-gay” machine has created a slew of materials to for young fundies to perform “outreach” to their LGBTQ peers in school. The free resource is for “Christian clubs and student organizations who want to share Jesus Christ’s message of redemption with those who identify as LGBT.” Here is a portion of one of the postcards available to spread the word.

There are a lot of other shameless tracts of misinformation up at the site, including Stories of people who have left homosexuality.

I see a future at Exodus for disgraced hypocrite ex-pastor Ted Haggard. Look at some of the “ex-gay” stories being promoted on the Outreach web site (surf around and you’ll also see ex-gays-for-pay are well represented).

A Dream Come True
Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, grew up amidst the same confusing struggles many of Exodus’ clients experience. His passion for this ministry began with his own journey from brokenness to wholeness through an Exodus support group, ultimately leading him to the fulfillment of his dream of being a husband and father.

A Changed Life, A Changed Man
Mike Goeke didn’t know why homosexuality invaded his life. In an effort to ‘fix’ himself, he married Stephanie. When their marriage didn’t bring the transformation he’d hoped for, it seemed like all was lost.

Feelings of Closeness
Carlton was taught from an early age that the only way he could experience intimacy was through homosexual acting out. After living for years with this secret life, could his marriage survive an honest confession?

The Roads I’ve Traveled
Early exposure to pornography taught Nate that sex equals love. So, as he grew up feeling an intense longing for male relationships, homosexuality seemed like the best course of action.

I Desire to Return to the Gay World
What does a man do when he desires to seek freedom from homosexuality in Christ, but same-sex attractions keep cropping up?

The gals have a page all to themselves…

What I Found Waiting for Me
When Kristen finally embraced a lesbian relationship, she felt euphoric. But she also felt conflicted; she couldn’t rationalize her sexuality with her Christianity. Hurting and angry, she cried out to God, “Can’t I enjoy the same love as everyone else?”

Secure in my Feminine Identity
Anne grew up a classic “tomboy” figure. Her insecurity in her femininity stemmed from lies she believed about herself, God, and what gender was. Living far from the God she was so angry at, she found herself in consuming relationships with other women.

Letting Others Help on the Journey
Brenna Kate struggled with lesbianism from early adolescence. A friend threatened her with an eternity in hell if she didn’t change, and soon she felt hopeless as her prayers failed to defeat the feelings. What would it take for her to trust God again?

The Seeds That Grew
From early childhood, Melissa felt there was something very wrong with her. Later, living as a very “butch” lesbian, she found acceptance and affection, oddly enough, among senior citizens in a small church. [Melissa, by the way, is paid “heterosexual” for Daddy D, Melissa Fryrear.]

I have to tell you, one of the saddest (but most insightful) tales is that of “D. Freeman,” The Souls of Black Folk, the Souls of All Folk. His “ex-gay” essay while he’s clearly fighting against his homosexuality, provide a good look at what the internal struggle is for blacks to come out.

I have also grown to understand the voice that longs to be loved by a man. And, this voice has embedded itself in my soul through the years. I never asked for things to be this way – but I am an African-American who happens to struggle with homosexuality. To be sure, it is different to be Black struggling with homosexuality than it is to be White – or Asian, or Hispanic, or what have you. There seems to be so much more acceptance of gay culture in the white community (at least in the progressive metropolitan areas across the U.S.). In Black culture, “being gay” is traditionally not a subject we discuss – especially not in church. There are no great counselors to talk to in the Black church (by and large).

Sure, there is a nice fire and brimstone warning coming from the pulpit every once in a while, but little else is said. Unless of course you happen to attend one of the more “open-minded” churches, where there is a sort of understanding that homosexuality is wrong, so they will simply ignore the fact that half the men in the choir are sleeping with each other.

Outside the church is not much better. In African-American culture, we simply do not embrace a gay identity as a thing to be celebrated. Again, that type of gay pride is more common in the larger American culture. Yet despite the ambivalence – and sometimes, outright hatred – expressed towards homosexuality in Black America, the gay agenda has made inroads in our community. What has traditionally been an identity not worthy of celebration is quickly becoming an identity to be proud of! Yet, there is a fundamental quest we are all on. Whether you are an African-American or not, whether you are a same sex struggler or not, you understand double consciousness. You may not fathom it in racial terms, but at the very least in spiritual terms. And we have all cried out in some way, shape, or form “Who will deliver me!”

This man has chosen to bury himself, to deny who he is, seeking “hope to answer my desperation” to be straight. Or, perhaps more accurately, not act on his same-sex attractions. It’s sad that he turned to the manipulative and hurtful ex-gay movement, which has convinced him that he is “broken,” and that his life will be an eternal struggle against his orientation.

Such is the path for all of these people who choose to pray away the gay. You wish them well in their quest to reconcile their faith and homosexuality, but the professional heterosexual movement is not the answer.

Hat tip, Ex-Gay Watch.

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