Notorious Ex-Gay Conversion 'Therapy' Ministry Apologizes, Will Close Its Doors

Exodus International Ministry, the conservative institution which promoted the idea that orientation could be changed through a close relationship with God, 'therapy,' and sheer determination, announced Wednesday that it would be closing its doors. The institution, which has been open for more than forty years, declared its intentions to close on its website less than a day after releasing an apology to the LGBT community. 

Here are some fascinating statements from the now Ex-ex-gayers:

“We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change -- and they want to be heard,” Exodus board member Tony Moore said.

“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism. For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical," said Alan Chambers, president of Exodus.

And from John Pault, former chairmen:  "Today, I do not consider myself 'ex-gay,' and I no longer support or promote the movement. Please allow me to be clear: I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people." HuffPo Article

 

For more warm fuzzies, check out the original apology:

Wayback Machine's link to Exodus Apology

So, have they seen the error of their ways? Is the conservative christian movement finally realizing it's been cutting off its nose to spite its face by alienating young Christians with its homophobic dogma/policy? What do you think? Is this a PR move or a legitimate ethical development?

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Comment by Simon Paynton on June 21, 2013 at 4:42am

I respect their public apologies and turn of face.  If this is how things are going, it's a good new direction. 

Comment by kris feenstra on June 21, 2013 at 7:32pm

Have they seen the error of their ways?

I don't know much about Exodus specifically, so I can't say, but this is a case where I tend to be cynical. It is possible they have merely taken a look at their bottom line and realized that reparative therapy just wasn't a sustainable endeavour anymore. It's not really an either/ or sort of scenario though. I'd wager that there are some in the organization who have had a change of heart (or rather, a growth of one), some who always had the best intentions even if misguided, and others who maintain their views yet recognize that the show's over, at least as far as Exodus is concerned.

Comment by Physeter on June 22, 2013 at 12:16am

"You have never been my enemy. I am very sorry that I have been yours."

Sounds like a Christian who actually listens to Jesus, to me.

Comment by kOrsan on June 22, 2013 at 2:48pm

Hats off to this iota of decency.

Comment by Dave G on June 22, 2013 at 4:37pm

Some additional information, this turnaround may not be as complete as it appears:

http://johnshore.com/2013/06/20/who-would-suggest-that-exodus-inter...

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on June 23, 2013 at 1:40am

So, have they seen the error of their ways? Is the conservative christian movement finally realizing it's been cutting off its nose to spite its face by alienating young Christians with its homophobic dogma/policy? What do you think? Is this a PR move or a legitimate ethical development?

The answers in this case alone (there are other religious crackpots trying to "cure" left-handedness) depends on the meaning and sincerity of Chambers' words below.

"I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them.  I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself."

He's shutting down his psychological torture mill, which granted is a statement, but no apology for inflicting the torture, and not one iota of change in what he believes.

I'm not buying it. The self-loathing little hate monger may be closing his torture mill, but his torment mill grinds on: anything less than support for full equality is support for double standards. 

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