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 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...

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