I guess some people on the Religious Right are starting to figure out that their actions have had awful, awful consequences:
A national Christian organization will stop sponsoring an annual event that encourages school students to “counter the promotion of homosexual behavior” because the event has become too divisive and confrontational, the group’s president told CNN on Wednesday.
“All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not,” said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, the group that sponsored the event this year.
Called the Day of Truth, the annual April event has been pushed by influential conservative Christian groups as a way to counter to the annual Day of Silence, an event promoted by gay rights advocates to highlight threats against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
The Day of Truth, held on the same day as the Day of Silence, “was established to counter the promotion of homosexual behavior and to express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective,” according to a manual for this year’s event published by Exodus International.
It’s unclear how other conservative Christian groups will react, but an expert in evangelical responses to homosexuality says Exodus’ decision is likely to be criticized by some conservatives.
“This is a very significant move, a very real break,” said Warren Throckmorton, an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College. “Some will say that simply naming sexual orientation provides legitimacy for homosexuality.”
Now stop lying to your clients, Alan.
The fact that people come to you semi-voluntarily does not mean you’re not still bullying them with the anti-science methods of self-loathing promulgated by groups like Exodus.