The leader of the world’s biggest Christian gay ‘cure’ organisation has finally admitted that homosexuality cannot be prayed away.
Alan Chambers, the president of the American-based Exodus International, late last month revealed that while he still believes that homosexuality is sinful, his group will move away from its historical background of ‘saving’ people from being gay.
He told AP: “I do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to really any struggle, homosexuality included. For someone to put out a shingle and say, ‘I can cure homosexuality’ – that to me is as bizarre as someone saying they can cure any other common temptation or struggle that anyone faces on Planet Earth.”
Chambers, who has himself struggled with his sexual orientation, is married to a woman and has children. He went on to admit that despite his marriage he is not ‘cured’ of his own homosexuality.
“I do have same-sex attractions. Those things don’t overwhelm me or my marriage; they are something that informs me like any other struggle I might bring to the table,” Chambers said.
Chambers further told the New York Times that almost all “ex-gay” people he’s met also continue to feel same-sex attraction, despite attempts to ‘make them straight’.
According to AP, Exodus has removed books recommending ex-gay or reparative therapy from its online bookstore and Chambers is calling for member Churches to move away from supporting this kind of therapy.
Wayne Besen from Truth Wins OUT, which has long-campaigned against reparative therapy, commented that Exodus “will need a miracle to survive and remain relevant in these rapidly changing times”.
Exodus International was in 2009 accused of fuelling anti-gay hysteria in Uganda by taking part in a conference in that country that led to the drafting of the dreaded Anti-Homosexually Bill.
The organisation later issued a statement saying that it did not support the bill.