When “reparative therapy” organization Exodus International folded in mid-June, the group’s president, Alan Chambers, issued an apology to those the organization had hurt. His words seemed tailor-made to illustrate a recent report that likened many of today’s Christians to Pharisees.
One of the organizations responsible for promoting the slogan “pray away the gay” and the practice of reparative therapy is closing its doors, and its leader has apologized to the LGBTQ community.
Reparative therapy, sometimes referred to as “praying away the gay,” has been proven ineffective and harmful. But when questioned about a bill to ban the practice in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie stumbled.
California Gov. Jerry Brown calls reparative therapy quackery as he signs a law banning the practice of changing teens’ sexual orientation; syphilis rates spike in Houston; and Big-Apple guys choose big condoms.
The head of Exodus International, an umbrella group for ex-gay ministries around the world, recently said that conversion therapy does not work and that there is, in fact, no “cure” for homosexuality. While this seems like a step in the right direction, the organization still says that any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is wrong. So, now what?