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08/27/2007

You also can't use a Spelling book to teach Calculus

by Jeremy Hooper

 Images Authors 100143 Ath CIn a brief posted on Christian Examiner regarding an upcoming Love Won Out "ex-gay" conference, one of the movement's most outspoken proponents, Joe Dallas, gives the following sound bite:

This is one of the toughest subjects the church is addressing today and more than ever, we need education that is biblically based and compassionate,” Dallas said by phone. “The Love Won Out conference provides that and I can think of few issues that are leaving believers more concerned and, at times, ill-equipped to address.”

We respond:

You know why this is one of the "toughest subject" for the church to address, Joe? Because you guys are operating out of a playbook in which you stymy actual truth, actual science, and actual reality in order to fit your agenda. You all are so desperate to make "hate the sin, love the sinner" seem like the concept by which you operate, that you let that particular saying dictate your every word and action. Rather than use fact as your starting point, you use the beliefs that (a) the Bible is a lock-solid, gay-condemning book, (b) that heterosexual Christians hold the key to moral superiority, and (c) that there is absolutely no way a Christian can be biased or discriminatory as long as they are using their Biblical interpretation as a guide. You then set up your own "research outlets," studies, conferences, and speakers to lend your socio-politco-religo movement the sort of credence that mainstream outlets cannot and will not provide. And most importantly and disturbingly, you play on the all-too-pervasive gay fears that still plague far too many parents, seizing on those mothers and fathers who are most in need of actual information. Yet instead of trying to help them see that gay is okay, you envelop them with the unfortunate belief that being against gays is okay. This should concern everyone, be they "believer" or non.

To those of us who cull our data about gays from a combination of research, analysis, personal experiences, and common sense, it is quite easy to see why its so tough for "ex-gay"-supporting evangelicals to address and grasp the "gay" issue. It's because the entire thought process is flawed! Rather than rationalize their faith with the known world, the "ex-gays" are trying to twist the known world so that it more readily fits their purview. This sort of "love" will
never win out!

‘Love Won Out’ conference coming to Southern California [Christian Examiner]

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