Fionola Meredith of The Irish Times, “I love Jesus (but not in a gay way)” (via Truth Wins Out)writes about Exodus’ Alan Chambers’ coming visit to Northern Ireland for a “pray away the gay” conference —woo-hoo! Chambers makes his tacit admission that “conversion therapy” just doesn’t work … and I say, “DUH!” The whole article is a good read … (emphasis mine):
Chambers admits that the faith-based approach advocated by Exodus isn’t a miracle cure: “While some do absolutely see an eradication over time of their same-sex struggles, most see a lessening. Some see no change whatsoever. In my case, I did experience a great shift in my attractions . . . and when I met my wife, Leslie, the connection I felt with her was unmistakable – a deep unselfish love, very different than the selfish, self-focused lust/love I’d had for the men I’d fallen for.”
[face/palm] … where to begin? First, congratulations, seriously, on finding that special someone … you know, like everybody else wants to do (even if that special someone is *gasp* the same sex). And, it must take some kind of honesty to admit that the scam therapy doesn’t work, but why keep pushing it? Oh, yeah, money. O.K., so yeeeah, we know that heterosexual men and women never-ever marry for lust, or convenience, or status, or any other selfish reason … </sarcasm> Of course, they do it all the time. It’s also very sad and too bad that your life has been vapid and selfishly motivated. But — speak for yourself. This business of equating your lives to all gay people, this ‘all gay equals bad’, and ‘all hetero equals good’ really rubs me the wrong way. I know people, both gay and straight, who are wonderful people, and some who ain’t so ‘wonderful’.
So doesn’t he ever feel tempted to go back to his old gay ways? “I am human and humans struggle. But the temptation for me is the same as it would be for any husband.” In coming to Ireland, Chambers says he hopes to “share an honest story about a man who once was lost but now is found. There are people in need of the same hope that I found; people who want to put God above their sexuality”.
… um, but dood … “any husband” of a woman doesn’t lust after other men.
British journalist Patrick Strudwick went undercover in a conversion program run by an associate of the disgraced sleezebag Iris Robinson. Some more excerpts below (emphasis mine) but the whole article is very worth the read: