A prominent conservative Christian group that touted faith-based therapy to convert gay and lesbian believers into straight counterparts has thrown in the towel. It even sounds like some in the organization had a come to Jesus moment of the reality kind:
Reuters — Exodus International billed itself as the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, operating since 1976. It announced it would cease operations in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The Irvine, California-based group’s board unanimously voted to close Exodus International and begin a separate ministry, the statement said.
“I am sorry for the pain and hurt that many of you have experienced,” President Alan Chambers said in a statement. “I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents.”
Chambers said he was part of a “system of ignorance.”
I suppose there’s reason to be skeptical. But every thing I’ve seen so far points to this being a genuine change of heart and if so, that’s rare event indeed for anyone. Let alone from this crowd.