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Alan Chambers Thinks 'Praying Away The Gay' Is 'Lazy Stereotype:' VIDEO

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Exodus International leader Alan Chambers appeared on MSNBC's Hardball last night to discuss his organization's ballyhooed decision to disavow reparative therapy, the so-called "gay cure."

Explaining again that he still has same-sex desires, Chambers tells guest host Michael Smerconish that the concept of "praying away the gay has been a lazy stereotype. That's not what I did."

He goes on:

As far as reparative therapy… We endorsed that and had people within our movement who did therapy, but so much of the focus is changing there where they're talking about 100% cures and using that word specifically with me in private conversations and even introducing things like heterosexual pornography to help instigate attraction. I don't find that healthy at all.

Chambers was also asked whether he's contrite for the damage Exodus, he and other "ex-gay" activists have caused, and whether he's ready to apologize. His reply: "If someone hears my message — that those feelings are going to go away and their lives are going to be anything like my life, I am sorry for that. That has never been my intention."

Watch it all, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I don't believe the "schism" here is really between people who believe gays can "pray away the gay" and those like Chambers who say you can't. The real schism is political/rhetorical. None of them really believe that sexuality can be changed. But you say, as Chambers has done, that sexuality is inborn, innate, and unchanging then it's harder to defend hate against gay people. And these people make a LOT of money from hating gay people! It's a cash cow for them and they don't want to lose it, plus it helps them manipulate people into voting for the GOP against their own financial interests.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 10, 2012 2:31:38 PM


  2. Seriously now if these people want to convert anyone into the pray away line they need to find a less gay sounding spokesman.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 10, 2012 5:35:53 PM


  3. This guy's an idiot in denial. I thought religion was supposed to set you free but all I ever hear is how it suffocates you. I'll pass.

    Posted by: Paul Carter | Jul 10, 2012 6:26:15 PM


  4. Agreed @CALIBAN and everyone else who states this for what it is- it's a cash cow the religious right has created, and they're slowly (hopefully) losing it.

    On a side note- Lisa Kudrow's "Web Therapy" has some crazy funny episodes dealing with conversion/reparative/pray away the gay therapy- with Meryl Streep as the counselor no less! :sigh: I feel sad for Chamber's wife and kids- knowing he could "slip" at any moment. But that's what happens when people try to be something they aren't- and in my personal opinion, be something other than the way God created him- and all of us. And that is to love and be loved.

    Posted by: scott | Jul 10, 2012 6:40:47 PM


  5. This man needs to just shut up and go away. He's irrelevant and needs to stop pretending that he is relevant.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 10, 2012 7:13:52 PM


  6. he's be downright foine if he weren't a sociopathic f&ck perpetuating and profiting off the message that gay is pathological.

    Posted by: he's cute with a nice butt | Jul 10, 2012 10:51:00 PM


  7. he'd** be

    Posted by: he's cute with a nice butt | Jul 10, 2012 10:51:15 PM


  8. How many gay people has he murdered using his quack practice? This nut is a criminal and needs to be arrested for crimes against humanity along with the other anti-gay Christians who have killed LGBT people directly and indirectly as a result of their anti-gay torture they call "therapy".

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 11, 2012 12:49:24 AM


  9. How many gay people has he murdered using his quack practice? This nut is a criminal and needs to be arrested for crimes against humanity along with the other anti-gay Christians who have killed LGBT people directly and indirectly as a result of their anti-gay torture they call "therapy".

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 11, 2012 12:49:37 AM


  10. I am actually very sad for this man. He admits to still having same-sex attractions, but because he has been brain-washed by someone in a pulpit, he is living his life denying who he really is. And I'm not convinced he is having a traditional marriage with his beard - I mean wife. His two children are adopted, so maybe he and wifey aren't actually having sex. These people need to get over it - sexuality is not a choice. I didn't wake up one day and choose to be hetero - I just am. So I see it as arrogance/ignorance when others in the straight community insist that homosexuality is a choice.

    Posted by: Karyn | Jul 25, 2012 9:57:09 PM


  11. At least John Smid, who used to head Love In Action (the ministry arm of Exodus in charge of the "ex-gay" teaching) was came clean and sincerely apologized for the harm he'd done to the gay community. He also admitted that he'd never met ANYONE who'd successfully changed his orientation and that he was still, and always was, gay. Chambers is despicable.

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 30, 2012 6:38:30 PM


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