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The new economy: Some turn to layoffs, others turn off their desire to get laid

by Jeremy Hooper

The recession isn't hurting everyone. In fact, if this celebratory "ex-downtrodden" press release is to be believed, then the Exodus International "ex-gay" organization saw its package increase in girth during the Bush/Dick administration:

Orlando, FL- Churches in denominations troubled over homosexuality such as the Anglican and Presbyterian churches are experiencing growing concern over the issue and have turned to Exodus International for help. As a result, the world's largest Christian ministry to those seeking freedom from homosexuality has doubled in size.

For over 30 years, Exodus International has helped those affected by unwanted same-sex attraction to live a life congruent with the Christian faith. In the last six years, the organization has grown from 117 member agencies in 2003 to 234 by 2009. Half of those member agencies are churches that have recently joined the Exodus network and have committed to assist church members affected by homosexuality. The remainder of the network is comprised of professional counselors and local parachurch ministries.
In 2009, Exodus plans to improve upon this initiative by offering a variety of web-based resources and educational DVDs to churches across the country. In addition, a new book, written by Exodus President Alan Chambers, will help pastors and church members alike to understand practical steps towards leaving a gay-identified life and pursuing God-centered living. The book, published by Harvest House Publishers, is set to be released this summer.
FULL: Christian Network Helping Homosexuals Find Freedom Doubles in Size [Exodus]

More staff? New and bigger outreach? Another book deal for Alan Chambers? ::sigh:: This is not the "change we can believe in" that we hoped to see in 2009!

But hey, it does sort of make sense. In times of turmoil, people do have a tendency to escape into the realm of fantasy.

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"Half of those member agencies are churches that have recently joined the Exodus network and have committed to assist church members affected by homosexuality."

They didn't double their size. They doubled the number of churches who said they'd counsel 'those troubled with same-sex attractions' should any appear asking for such help.

Bogus... and typical of the claims by Exodus.

Posted by: Timothy | Jan 6, 2009 6:42:46 PM

Oh yea, Timothy -- totally trumped up claims. And yes, exactly what we've come to expect.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 6, 2009 6:44:24 PM

Does it say that they increased their staff? It looks like doublespeak on their part where they say that they were affiliated with 117 organizations and are now affiliated with 234 of them. And if that is true, then it makes a lot of sense. The fundies need to replace their funding losses. They probably rake in $50 to $500 per deluded soul that they bilk, so that new revenue stream is attractive to the swindlers.

Not to mention that probably 3 out of 4 of the people in attendance are not gay, but are there to learn how to demoralize someone that they know who is gay. And compound that with the 1,000 to 2,000 "ex-gays" that they re-convert every month, those recurring fees start to build up.

But, I really want to know what the qualifications for those "Professional Counselors" is! That sounds very much like medical malpractice, or practicing without a license.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jan 6, 2009 7:38:14 PM

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