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10/12/2013

What FRC's #VVS13 is teaching young people: Gays were abused, need to repent

by Jeremy Hooper

Political Research Associates ran into some younger attendees of the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit and got them to weigh in on LGBT rights. Here's some of what transpired:

“I don’t think homosexuality is natural, one of my best friends is a gay and he says he was abused by his step-dad when he was really little. I think that’s probably the case for most people who think they’re gay,” says Sarah, a 17 year old from Oregon who is attending the Values Voters Summit with her church group.

I also ran into Ian Ferth, a 19 year old who describes himself as a “Warrior for God” from Atlanta. “I just don’t see why someone would want to defy God like that [referring to gay people],” says Ferth. “God created us all equal, and that means we were all born in the natural order of things. It’s sad that some of these guys choose to oppose God and I want to attend theological school so I can preach to the world and show [gays] why they should repent.”

FULL: LESSON FROM 2013 VALUES VOTERS SUMMIT: IT’S NOT JUST THE “OLD PEOPLE” WE NEED TO WORRY ABOUT [PRA]

And of course the Values Voter Summit only emboldened these ideas. Sandy Rios used her time at the VVS podium to launch a full-on tirade about gays needing to "change" and Matthew Shepard's murder being a lie. Brian Brown said that gay people's unions run counter to humanity and reality. Star Parker said gay people are "enemies of God." And groups like the "ex-gay" advocacy organization PFOX are on site, telling all who will listen that gay people can and should be prayed away.

They are fanning these flames. And some of the GOP's brightest stars are there to help them.

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