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Gay Man Goes Through "Ex-Gay" Hell After Christian "Purity Siege"

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Some of you may remember the piece I posted about Pat Robertson and the nutty evangelical "purity sieges" that have been going on around Interstate-35 in the midwest.

According to Robertson, God is using superhighway I-35 that runs from Canada to Mexico to purify America from sin. He says "I-35 is the highway spoken of in Isaiah 35:8 - "And a highway will be there; it will be called the way of holiness." So, evangelical Christians have set aside 35 days to use the cities around I-35 to rid America of sin, meaning "abortion clinics, gay bars, strip joints, and porn shops." God is using "purity sieges" to set America free.

One of the main people featured in the clip posted below is James Stabile, who was apparently "cured" of his homosexuality by a minister at one of these purity sieges.

OdenJohn Wright of the Dallas Voice attempted to track down Stabile and discovered what had happened to him after talking to Joe Oden, the midwest evangelist who has been organizing the "purity sieges" and who "touched" Stabile, allegedly transforming him from gay to straight in an instant:

Writes Wright: "Oden told me Stabile had been shipped off to Pure Life Ministries, which operates a residential treatment program in Northern Kentucky. 'It’s a program for people who’ve lived alternative lifestyles just to get totally clean,' Oden told me. Upon further investigation, I discovered Pure Life Ministries is also the place where Mike Johnston — remember him?! — is director of donor and media relations. Johnston’s the guy who contracted HIV before swearing off homosexuality and becoming a poster child for the ex-gay movement in the late 1980s. Then, in 2003, it was revealed that Johnston was living a double life — cruising men online and organizing unsafe sex parties while failing to disclose his HIV status to partners. Johnston eventually checked into Pure Life and later re-emerged in his current position. 'With good reason, people would question what I’m saying now,' Johnston told me recently during what he said was the only interview he’s given on the subject in four years."

Soon after, Oden told Wright that Stabile had been kicked out of Pure Life Ministries for being a "compulsive liar" so Wright tracked down Stabile's father (pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, the oldest church in Dallas) to "get the real scoop."

FireAccording to Wright, "Joseph Stabile said he’s fully accepting of his son’s sexual orientation and believes being gay is neither a choice nor a sin. Joseph Stabile said James left home to go out that Friday night and never returned. Joseph said James, or 'B.J.' as his parents affectionately refer to him, is bipolar and had stopped taking his medication. James called a few days later and told his parents he was moving out, and that he’d be back to get his stuff. James apparently had moved in with some folks from Heartland. After that, it would be some time before James’ parents heard from him, as his church friends reportedly advised him not to contact them. Joseph Stabile said the Heartland folks also may have advised James to throw away his medication, telling him that God would cure his bipolar disorder, too. Joseph’s parents said James has a tendency to be less than truthful, especially when he’s off his medication, and that he loves attention. They said they don’t believe he’s ever questioned his sexuality, but that the folks from Heartland manipulated and exploited him for publicity."

So the Fundies basically emotionally kidnapped Stabile, took away medication that helps him act rationally, and that's not all. Apparently it cost James $2100 to get into the "ex-gay" program and another $150 a week while he was there. The people at Pure Life constantly told him he was going to Hell, he had to be clothed from the neck down even while sleeping. James is now home with his parents, describes his experience at "straight camp" as being "horrible" and is seeing a therapist.

There is a hell on earth apparently and these people are at the center of it.

I've attached the clip again below.

Dallas gay man adversely affected by Christian "purity siege" [pegasus news]
‘Purity sieges’ lead gay man into bipolar hell [dallas voice]

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  1. Gettin close to push back time on these fundies. Real f*ckin close.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Dec 15, 2007 10:13:17 AM


  2. I am continually amazed by these reports. Not in good way, but in a very sad, pathetic and horrible way! I feel sorry for those that try so hard to change what they are and think it will work. It is a long and often times desperate journey for the help they will never find. For those in the journey, my heart goes out to you. TO those that are running these programs, you should be ashamed!!!

    Posted by: RB | Dec 15, 2007 11:54:14 AM


  3. I don't know much about the law but these whack jobs should be held legally accountable for seriously endangering this young man's health and welfare! How truly pathetic to prey on people who are being treated for mental illness.

    Posted by: Timothy Wright | Dec 15, 2007 1:18:32 PM


  4. This perversion of a faith supposedly centered on love never ceases to amaze me. That's what it is- these Morality Soldiers can't ever look at two homosexuals and say- "there's love there". They refuse to associate love with us or our movement whatsoever, rendering our cause thoroughly unworthy of respect or, at this point, even tolerance.

    That's especially offensive and angering to those of us who are deeply in love with our partners, such that we have made lifelong commitments, and we know like we know our next breath that God created, loves and guides said love with his very own hand. Yes, THAT God. Your God, Joe Oden. The same God you beg for repentance from after masturbating to an NFL locker room interview, Donnie McClurkin. The same God Ted Haggard thinks has sentenced him to Hell.

    THAT God, loves every single breathin' one of us, and HOW DARE these people work so hard to convince us otherwise?! Vi Agra's got it right-almost time to take it to the streets, people.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 15, 2007 2:46:45 PM


  5. well what they've left out, is they do this across the street from JR's in Dallas. and the first time somebody launched a beer bottle from the balcony of Jr's at them...then the police told them to move along because it was getting close to closing time. and they did lol. i'm going to take a friday night off work just go down there (2 blocks) in full drag and fuck with them. as a former prostitute whose father is a lay minister i can. oden asks me if i've been touched by god i'm gonna say oh yes, oh yes! his name is mike and his dick is about this big....and then go into a southern baptist preacher routine i can do, lots of Praise
    God! Hallelujah! HE tore my pussy up ahhhllllll night long! an idle mind is the devils workshop.
    jessie ;)

    Posted by: jessie | Dec 16, 2007 2:17:14 AM


  6. It is so funny to me that so many of the exgays are truly ex-exgays... This kid was taken advantage of by a serpent! I am glad that he had come clean and that his family has supported him before, during and after this! His family is truly showing what it means to be Christian in this un-holy world!

    Posted by: James | Dec 24, 2007 12:59:16 PM


  7. Don't know how I stumbled on this. Not saying religion always has bad aspects but taking advantage of people weather emotionally, physically, mentally and maipulating them is just wrong. If there was a hell, these people would surely be going.

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 23, 2009 12:29:03 AM


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