As the Supreme Court approaches its deadline to make a decision on prop. 8 and the constitutionality of DOMA, many countries in Africa still have anti-homosexuality laws in place. Life for the LGTB communities in these regions is precarious at best. While the US’s culture wars and legal battles make waves that sway the lives of those of us living here, the ripples gain momentum as they travel internationally and the effects become increasingly dangerous and severe.
Thus, when Exodus International, an American Christian ministry boasting a network of “260 Ministries, Professional Counselors and Churches”, all put in place to “help those affected by homosexuality”, shuts its doors it is not an isolated religious, or even American affair, but an international event with potentially huge consequences.
Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus International and a self-proclaimed success story of its vision, has even gone so far as to issue an apology for its practices. While he has apologized for the methods that Exodus has used in the past, he states that,
In his statement there is a common theme among conservative Christians involved in the culture wars –its not that they themselves hate or even have a problem with the LGBT community, evolution, or women leaders, its that the Bible, God’s word, constrains them to accept and propagate certain positions that are counter cultural and thus our culture construes them as such. Read the rest of this entry »