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‘Ex-Gay’ Leader: I’m Like Harriet Tubman

“Ex-gay” leader DL Foster has written a profoundly offensive essay declaring that gay people are in slavery and he’s just like Harriet Tubman, leading them to freedom. Oh, and gay rights advocates are just like the slaveowners. And the KKK. What, no Nazis?

Thus, I’ll be publishing a series of articles on the parallels of slavery our forefathers faced from white slaveowners and their supporters in politics. They hated escaped slaves and did everything they could to stop them. I’ll discuss how anti-EXhomosexual gay activists have become the new oppressors, driven by their hatred of former homosexuals. I’ll highlight brave abolitionists who risked much to help freed slaves and how pastors can help freed homosexuals stay free by creating safety networks. Finally, I will talk about how EXGLBT can work together to expand the promise of freedom for all.

“I freed a thousand slaves and I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” —Harriet Tubman

The parallel of Harriet Tubman’s statement hit me really hard. Like the unflinching Mrs. Tubman, Ive led many homosexuals out of that slavery into the freedom of holiness. But it comes with the sobering realization that many more will never be free simply because they refuse to acknowledge the bondage of their sin.

I would argue that Foster is the one in bondage here, hostage to this false and absurd idea of “sin.” He is trapped inside the myth that there is something wrong with being gay because his non-existent God says there is.

The same prayer and faith in the promise of freedom given by God that brought Harriet Tubman and other EXslaves out of physical bondage, brought EXhomosexuals out of spiritual bondage. But now, our prayers of freedom are being widely mocked by the bigoted oppressors as “praying away the gay”. Our efforts to help other homosexuals gain their freedom are being branded “fraudulent and dangerous”.

And they are exactly that. Just ask the thousands and thousands of people subjected to gay reversion “therapy” and taught to loathe themselves because they can’t magically change who they are no matter how hard they pray.

Remember, the nonexistence of EXhomosexuals is incontrovertible dogma in gay orthodoxy. Exgays can’t exist because if they do, then it destroys their other parallel lie that all homosexuals are born gay and cannot change. Perhaps this premature shock and awe attempt is because they sense a serious threat to their foundational mistruths. And of course you can couch your fear in shallow comedic bullying:

“In case, you’ve never heard of VoV [Voice of the Voiceless], it’s basically an anti-ex-gay defamation group, or, in other words, a group of self-haters who feel picked on.”

That’s exactly the way the Klan reacted when African Americans showed up to vote or to march for their right to be recognized as full US citizens. If this doesn’t work, maybe the gay activists will resort to dogs, water hoses and bombs. Another favorite tactic of racists were to employ vicious written caricatures of their black victims. Likewise, gay activists use grotestque sexual caricatures against Exhomosexuals (and their supporters).

Seriously. This is being said by a guy who is speaking at an “ex-gay pride” event sponsored by the Family Research Council, which every day portrays gay people as child-molesting, demon-possessed moral monsters out to destroy marriage and civilization. You can’t make this shit up.

Comments

  1. says

    The “ex gay” snake oil sellers are just like every other purveyors of woo. Their first response whenever they are called on their bullshit is not to offer counter proof, but to cry victim. As if the mere act of pointing out their lies is “oppression.”

  2. John Pieret says

    Exgays can’t exist because if they do, then it destroys their other parallel lie that all homosexuals are born gay and cannot change.

    On the contrary, the existance of “exgays,” like Alan Chambers, who admit that they were never freed by god from their basic nature destroys Foster’s parallel lie that all homosexuals chose to be gay and can change.

  3. dingojack says

    At some level you’ve gotta feel sorry for these ‘exgays’. They are the 21st-century analogue for the post-bellum housenigger, while their contempories are a century ahead saying: ‘black is beautiful, baby!’. *
    Dingo
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    * or indeed ‘gay is good’

  4. says

    Our efforts to help other homosexuals gain their freedom are being branded “fraudulent and dangerous”.
    Fair point. The correct branding is “dangerous and fraudulent”.

  5. zippythepinhead says

    “What, no Nazis?” — The Nazis are busy ramming Obamacare down our throats. Haven’t you been paying attention, Ed?

  6. justsomeguy says

    Does it really matter if we can change or not? I certainly don’t think so. If the overall argument is that homosexuality is harmless and gay people aren’t different in any meaningful way from straight people, then the possibility or impossibility of change is moot.

  7. sigurd jorsalfar says

    This is standard right-wing strategy – take the language and experiences of one’s victims and co-opt them (i.e. steal) for one’s own diametrically opposed purposes.

    We see it all the time with ‘black people are the real racists’, ‘liberals are the real fascists’, ‘I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist’, etc. It might be psychological projection, it might be cynical manipulation, or it might be a combination of both.

    I wish I could say I am shocked to see it taking the form ‘gays are the real oppressors of sexual identity’ but I’m not.

  8. naturalcynic says

    Even under the best circumstances, making yourself an ex-gay is probably an example of the narcissism that is so pervasive among people who stand out: the athlete who can hot 40 home runs every year, the capitalist who just passed $1 billion in assets, etc. They feel that “If I can do it, everyone else should be able to accomplish the same thing”. It’s more like you have won the genetic lottery and were in the right place at the right time.
    It’s certainly within the realm of possibility that what you have done can be accomplished, but the same thing wil be highly improbable for nearly everyone else in the same situation.

  9. says

    Wait. If he’s Harriet Tubman, she’s him. That means she worked for white supremacists and held camps which told black people to pretend to be white.*
     

    * “No! No! No! Say it again! ‘Hello, Keith. How are you enjoying your new Volvo? Where did you get that vahz, Pottery Barn? Let us go out to the disco and dance there and also enjoy a wine cooler.’”

  10. Loqi says

    Perhaps he means they both suffered head inuries that caused brain damage. Mrs. Tubman’s manifested as narcolepsy and visions. Foster suffered complete separation from reality.

  11. Jacob Schmidt says

    “In case, you’ve never heard of VoV [Voice of the Voiceless], it’s basically an anti-ex-gay defamation group, or, in other words, a group of self-haters who feel picked on.”

    I looked ‘em up. All I got were Rage Against the Machine Lyrics and an group protesting on behalf of iranian civilians.

  12. otrame says

    We all have heroes. Harriet Tubman is mine. That he would use her in such a fashion is deeply, profoundly offensive to me.

  13. cptdoom says

    I don’t know a gay or lesbian person who doubts the existence of homosexuals and bisexuals who have chosen not to engage in same-sex relationships. What we doubt is the ability of anyone to change their sexual orientation from homo- to heterosexual. If you notice, even Foster doesn’t promise that.

  14. exdrone says

    @13 Modusoperandi
    No, I think he means that he believes people choose to be black, and he serves to help them turn white. … No, wait. … I think he’s claiming that he ran an underground railway that smuggled same-sex couples to Canada to get married. … err, no … He’s saying that gays and lesbians are being forced into slavery to pick cotton … Never mind.

  15. says

    The same prayer and faith in the promise of freedom given by God that brought Harriet Tubman and other EXslaves out of physical bondage, brought EXhomosexuals out of spiritual bondage. But now, our prayers of freedom are being widely mocked by the bigoted oppressors as “praying away the gay”. Our efforts to help other homosexuals gain their freedom are being branded “fraudulent and dangerous”.

    Prayer and faith did shit for slaves. What brought them out of their bondage was not your lazy-ass god, it was the fucking slaves and those who helped them. My rage fucking overfloweth.

    That’s exactly the way the Klan reacted when African Americans showed up to vote or to march for their right to be recognized as full US citizens. If this doesn’t work, maybe the gay activists will resort to dogs, water hoses and bombs. Another favorite tactic of racists were to employ vicious written caricatures of their black victims. Likewise, gay activists use grotestque sexual caricatures against Exhomosexuals (and their supporters).

    What caricatures? Also, you still don’t exist – your own members say you have ‘unclean homosexual urges’. You’re still gay. You’re just burying it. That’s fine, and I don’t really care if you ever enjoy sex for the rest of your life because that’s your problem, but don’t lie and say you changed your sexual orientation. Anyone can have sex with people they aren’t attracted to in theory – gays have been doing it for millenia.

    If you notice, even Foster doesn’t promise that.

    Because he can’t. Some of these ‘ex-gay’ jackasses even admit they’re still not heteros, they just try to couch it in pretty words.

  16. Robert B. says

    Does it really matter if we can change or not? I certainly don’t think so. If the overall argument is that homosexuality is harmless and gay people aren’t different in any meaningful way from straight people, then the possibility or impossibility of change is moot.

    THIS.

    Who the hell cares if we can change? It’s not remotely relevant, and bringing it up as though it were is a bit insulting. As though being gay were some kind of disfiguring scar that everyone should pretend not to mind because the poor victim can’t help it.*

    Screw THAT.

    Sexual orientation is awesome. Being gay is awesome. I bet being straight or bi or ace or pan is awesome. I bet there are orientations I’ve never even heard of, and they’re awesome. There could be booths on every street corner that let you change your orientation to whatever you want for free, and all those orientations would still be just as awesome. The whole “is it a choice” thing is a stupid, pointless conversation that the theocrats keep restarting over and over because it dodges the question of why on earth queerness might actually be bad, for which they have no coherent argument whatsoever except for their arbitrary authoritarian mythology.

    I understand why people talk about it when the theocrats bring it up – they’re waving a blatantly false, in fact scientifically falsified, claim of fact in front of a crowd of skeptics. Conversion therapy is quackery, and it’s mental health quackery which is especially insidious, and that’s bad. I get it. But in the context of politics, of gay rights and sexual ethics? It’s a distraction, folks. Stop falling for it.

    * To be clear, this is also a messed up way to treat people with scars.

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