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Ex-Gay Group Exodus Quits Conservative 'Day of Truth'

Tshirt_02-2 The "ex-gay" group Exodus International announced today that it will no longer participate in the anti-equality "Day of Truth," dealing the social conservative movement a small but important blow.

Founded in 2005, the Day of Truth is the right wing's way of countering the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's Day of Silence, an annual event started in 1996 to combat anti-gay bullying and violence in schools.

Conservatives calls the Day of Silence "the promotion of homosexual behavior" and use the Day of Truth to oppose it "from a Christian perspective," which apparently includes calling homosexuality "shameful." In light of recent gay suicides, Exodus has decided that DOT's perspective has become too incendiary.

"All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they'd like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not," explained Exodus president Alan Chambers to CNN's Dan Gilgoff.

"I don't think [the event is] necessary anymore," said Chambers. "We want to help the church to be respectful of all its neighbors, to help those who want help and to be compassionate toward people who may hold a different worldview from us." Regardless of the group's new approach, Exodus still claims it can "cure" people of homosexuality, a dangerous idea in and of itself.

Though the move may seem small, Exodus has always been a huge supporter for Day of Truth, and the relatively short time line -- five years -- it took for one of this hateful event's biggest champions to switch gears provides a glimmer of hope that people are starting to realize that extreme social conservatism isn't sustainable. Or will this simply ostracize Exodus from the social conservative movement at large?

Either way, GLSEN executive director Eliza Byard applauded Exodus' decision: "I thank Exodus for making this very important step. The Day of Truth was an effort to push a very specific set of opinions about homosexuality into schools in a way that was inappropriate and divisive."

If Chambers and company were really serious, however, they would sign up with GLSEN's Day of Silence. Isn't solidarity the ultimate expression of "do unto others?"

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  1. "...Exodus still claims it can "cure" people of homosexuality, a dangerous idea in and of itself."

    It is not a "dangerous idea". It is a lie.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 6, 2010 8:41:56 PM


  2. I never thought I'd live to see the day...

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 6, 2010 9:31:03 PM


  3. a notable moment in gay history .. one of the sad facts of life we will have to remember, the suicide of FIVE gay teens, brought about good .. not in a way they expect of course.

    Posted by: Ty | Oct 6, 2010 9:34:38 PM


  4. It must be hard to admit that they knew all along what they preached is a lie. Isn't it? But I think it's a good first step they took and hope eventually they admit that there is no cure and be honest to themselves. I honestly think the Exodus members experienced bullying for being gay so much through their divisive religion, education, and community and that cause the self-loath to be extremely thick and deep. With all the recent incidents of gay-bully related suicide, it reminded them their pain.

    Posted by: Theo | Oct 6, 2010 9:56:11 PM


  5. So--it FINALLY occurs to them that the genuinely Christian approach is loving and accepting--not the usual "love the sinner/hate the sin" stuff but finding common ground for living .

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Oct 6, 2010 10:06:56 PM


  6. maybe some of even the hardest hearts have been moved by the recent spate of suicides.

    Posted by: alguien | Oct 6, 2010 10:13:01 PM


  7. "I command you to love one another." - Jesus Christ

    Posted by: dvdinorl | Oct 6, 2010 10:25:08 PM


  8. Well when the money done run dry, these pathetic cretins are more amenable to reality. But still, fuck them, and fuck everyone who's associated them, and fuck their parents and their families, and everything about these lying liars. Groups like this have blood on their hands. Bladdyadda yadda.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 6, 2010 10:38:15 PM


  9. Alan Chambers is releasing his memoirs next month. Baby Dick: A Big Take on a Tiny Problem.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 7, 2010 12:43:37 AM


  10. The only announcement from Exodus that I want to hear is the one where they declare that they've been wrong all along and are disbanding...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Oct 7, 2010 2:19:54 AM


  11. Now the "Day of Truth" people have to find someone else to man the glory holes.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 7, 2010 6:55:04 AM


  12. "So--it FINALLY occurs to them that the genuinely Christian approach is loving and accepting..."

    @ComoMo: Not too fast, we haven't seen any evidence of any Christ-like loving and accepting out of Exodusjust yet.
    Jesus told people that if they could find it in their hearts to accept the eunuchs (the sexual minority mostly spoken about in His day) that they should accept them.
    "Tolerating" other people is a step up from the verbal bullying that they have been doing but I'm not convince that they're ready for Jesus'
    open-armed style of acceptance just yet.

    Posted by: gregv | Oct 7, 2010 10:12:00 AM


  13. What happened to ♬be true to your skool...♬

    Posted by: wimsy | Oct 7, 2010 11:19:02 AM


  14. Exodus international has definately been compromised!!! It's going the way of AA. The devil has infiltrated its leadership and I have continually seen it get softer and softer on the gospel of Jesus Christ since I left its ranks 10 years ago. If they don't get their act together soon they will become more and more ineffective. I'm very sorry to hear that that young gay man in New Jersey killed himself. This was not a hate crime. It was two heteros playing a cruel trick, however Exodus International or ANY of the ex-gay networks are responsible for what happen. Jesus Christ said; Have no fear for I have conquered the world. Jesus Christ and His principles are the only hope for someone who struggles with unwanted homosexual attractions!!!Exodus needs to "MAN UP" and return to those original principles that helped Joe Dallas, Anthony Falzarano, Sy Rogers and Alan Medinger straighten out their lives!!!!

    Posted by: Anthony Falzarano | Oct 7, 2010 3:30:05 PM


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