Michigan: Exodus boots 'ex-gay' affiliate after charges of bizarre therapy
You have to wonder how bad it was if Exodus cut ties to this place. (Truth Wins Out):
Truth Wins Out (TWO) revealed today that the nation’s largest “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, officially cut ties with its Lansing affiliate Corduroy Stone after charges were made by an ex-gay survivor that the sessions included harmful and bizarre therapy. In August, Patrick McAlvey made the charges against Corduroy Stone’s Mike Jones in a Truth Wins Out video, yet it took Exodus until December to take action. Exodus’ dithering in the face of scandal cost precious time and may have placed additional youth in harm’s way, according to Truth Wins Out.
“For decades Exodus International has lent this predator some level of credibility,” ex-gay survivor Patrick McAlvey told Truth Wins Out. “Now they have finally realized how dangerous he is, but how many vulnerable folks have already been victimized because of Exodus’ support of this man?”
“Shame on Exodus International for dragging its feet when our children were at risk,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Exodus was more interested in covering up the scandal than fixing it. This case shows that ex-gay programs lack standards and place vulnerable people in harms way.”
What kind of things occurred at this Exodus de-gaying facility? Surely this doesn’t sound like therapy that would help someone pray away the gay:
“He asked how large my penis was,” McAlvey explained of Jones’ therapy. “He asked if I shave my pubic hair. He asked what type of underwear that I wore. He wanted me to describe my sexual fantasies to him and the type of men I’m attracted to. On one occasion, he asked me to take my shirt off and show him how many push-ups I could do, which I did not do.”
More from the Michigan Messenger on Jones, who was interviewed by MM, is below the fold.Todd Heywood:
But why that affiliation has ceased is still a mystery. In an interview Tuesday night, Jones told Michigan Messenger that all he had to say on the matter was reflected on his group’s website. The notice on the website reads:
Corduroy Stone is no longer a referral ministry of Exodus International, but continues to offer a biblical response to the subject of homosexuality and heterosexuality. Corduroy Stone is available to anyone interested in exploring this perspective.
Jones declined to elaborate on the statement, saying that those who were interested could follow his website where he “might” add more information at a later date. He declined to discuss what, if any, role McAlvey’s video testimony and activism on the issue played in the severing of the relationship between his group and Exodus International, perhaps the best known of all the organizations promoting the idea that homosexuality can be “cured.”
Truth Wins Out Wayne Besen:
“I think it severely damages his credibility. With that affiliation he had the veneer of a legitimate organization, but now he is a lone wolf,” said Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out. “Whether or not he can continue to hurt people with counseling will be up to how creative he can be.”
Besen said he thinks the fact his group highlighted McAlvey’s story, which Besen called “fondle therapy,” will help steer people away from Jones’ ministry as well.