Yet another win for the community last week. I’m a little late in reporting that Exodus International, a prominent “homo-nomo” organization is closing its doors. Not only will they stop dishing out their brand of harmful so called “therapy,” but ex-president Alan Chambers has offered an apology stating:
Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents. I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly “on my side” who called you names like sodomite—or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know. I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.
This is but one of many such organizations. At it’s best – or worst – Exodus spawned a splinter group by the name of Restored Hope Network. This is, however, a major coup for the community and hopefully a precedent setting event.