Saturday, February 28, 2009

Exodus International & Alliance Defense Fund Attempt To Silence Day of Silence

Day of Truth Event
Joining forces to reach more students
February 23, 2009

Orlando, FL- Two Christian organizations are teaming up to empower youth to express their views on sexuality by co-sponsoring this year's annual
Day of Truth event held April 20 on high school campuses nationwide. Exodus International, a ministry that helps those affected by same-sex attraction to live a life that reflects their biblical beliefs and Alliance Defense Fund, a legal support organization, are co-sponsoring the event this year and are hoping for a record turnout that will continue ongoing dialogue on issues surrounding faith and sexuality.
Foreword:
Exodus International is a hate organization with the political goal to publicly define same-gender attraction as a choice, thus negating any need for equal rights for LGBT persons in regard to housing and employment discrimination, to hate crimes protections, etc. They do this by characterizing gay persons as child molesters to being responsible for the Holocaust, and vocally oppose any and all legislation that would result in the equal treatment of LGBT persons under the law.

The Alliance Defense Fund, in the context of “Day of Truth” and many other situations, exists for the opportunistic attempt to seek out incidences of resistance to any expression of (mostly) anti-gay hate messages, such as those of Exodus International, in the effort to sue on the basis of religious discrimination:
Call 1-800-TELL-ADF, and be prepared to give your name, the name of your school, and the names of officials that required you to stop. If you are under the age of 18, we will also need to talk to your parents to get their permission to help you.
For more information, this is an excellent report on the anti-gay political aspirations of Exodus International.

Most importantly, all of this is in response to the Day of Silence.
What is the Day of Silence®?
The Day of Silence, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.


Lance Bass PSA for Day of Silence
So in essence, we have Exodus International, teamed up with the Alliance Defense Fund, objecting to raising awareness -- via Day of Silence -- about harassment and bullying directed toward LGBT students, by further fomenting hatred for LGBT students in the name of “religious freedom.”

On with the goods.

Their “Day of Truth” link above, then leads to the main DOT page, which leads to, among others, option #4 - Prepare - the resources you need, - which then leads to no less than 18 hyperlinked documents/articles etc., most of them PDF’s:
Day of Truth manual (.pdf)
Enclosed are many ideas and suggestions for how the Day of Truth can have the maximum impact at your school.

Common questions about the Day of Truth (.pdf) (or visit this page)
Find answers to some of the most common questions you might have about participating in the upcoming Day of Truth.

Hostile questions about the Day of Truth (.pdf) (or visit this page)
You may encounter some hostile questions while participating in the Day of Truth. These tips will help you better address those questions.

Day of Truth PowerPoint
Use this PowerPoint presentation to promote the Day of Truth.

Day of Truth snapshot (.pdf)
A quick overview of the Day of Truth to share with friends and classmates.

Day of Truth press release (.doc)
Download this sample press release if you are interested in contacting the media about the Day of Truth.

Student Rights Handbook
This handbook is a helpful guide for Christian students around the country.


LEGAL RESOURCES
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Day of Truth legal rights memo (.pdf)
Helpful tips in understanding your legal rights.

Adult involvement in the Day of Truth (.pdf)
While the Day of Truth is meant to be a student-led, student-initiated event, there are things that parents, youth pastors, and other concerned adults can do to get involved.

Teacher involvement in the Day of Truth (.pdf)
Learn about the ways that teachers can participate in the Day of Truth.


SOCIAL, RESOURCE AND MINISTRY RESOURCES
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Tolerance, Diversity and the Freedom to to Choose
Focus on the Family examines the true meaning of tolerance.

The End of the Culture Wars (.pdf)
This resource, provided by Exodus, talks about the true meaning of tolerance.

Gender and Sexuality: Fluid or Solid? (.pdf)
Exodus' Mike Ensley shares the Truth about "fluid" sex and gender.

Homosexuality Isn't the Answer (.pdf)
Mike Ensley, with Exodus, explains how his personal experiences revealed the Truth: homesexuality isn't the answer.

Sex and Gender (.pdf)
This resource, provided by Exodus, discusses God's plan for sexuality.

What if I'm Still Struggling? (.pdf)
Exodus' Mike Ensley shatters the lies, and shares how God's plan is best.

Homosexuality FAQ sheet (.pdf)
This resource, provided by Exodus, answers some common questions about homosexuality.

The ten big myths of homosexual behavior (.pdf)
This resource, provided by Mission America, explains the truth behind common myths about homosexual behavior.
From the very first link: "Day of Truth manual (.pdf) Enclosed are many ideas and suggestions for how the Day of Truth can have the maximum impact at your school."

From the very first paragraph of that link:
Welcome to the Day of Truth® student manual. On behalf of the thousands of faculty and students who oppose the promotion of homosexual behavior, we’re pleased to welcome you to the team that will take a bold stand for God’s truth.
“On behalf of the thousands of faculty and students who oppose the promotion of homosexual behavior”

“who oppose the promotion of homosexual behavior”

“homosexual behavior”

“behavior”


And there we have the “Day Of Truth” goal of Exodus international and the Alliance Defense Fund; to promote the notion that same-sex attraction and gender identity are nothing more than “behaviors.”

Thus promoting the notion that LGBT students are nothing more than aberrant behaviors.

From the second form:
Common questions about the Day of Truth (.pdf) (or visit this page)

Find answers to some of the most common questions you might have about participating in the upcoming Day of Truth.
Question #1:
What is the Day of Truth?
The Day of Truth was established to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.
Thus, the LGBT, or perceived to be LGBT students who are being harassed and bullied, are now part of the infamous “homosexual agenda.” That same one that’s bent on destroying civilization as we know it. Thus, the LGBT victims are now the real threat.

And finally (at least as far as this post goes)…
The End of the Culture Wars (.pdf) This resource, provided by Exodus, talks about the true meaning of tolerance.
It starts…
For too long, issues like homosexuality and abortion have gotten so divisive that healthy, honest debate has gone out the window and people feel pressured to choose between one of two polar opposites--neither of which seems quite right. In the end, people end up misunderstanding, hating and attacking one another.
[and:]
“It doesn't mean labeling a belief you don't agree with as hatred so you don't have to deal with it.”
Oh be still my beating heart, that sounds so reasonable. But what if that belief you don’t agree with is the definition of hatred?

“Tolerance means we can respectfully express our differences, but then put them aside and cooperate on the things we can agree on, like safety, fair treatment, and kindness.”

But as shown above, we don’t agree on safety, fair treatment, and kindness.

“agree on safety”
Exodus Urges Congress to Stop Hate Crime Legislation

Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, said, “Hate crimes legislation does not prosecute illegal actions that harm others, it prosecutes beliefs about homosexuality that for many Americans, is consistent with their faith.”
A bald faced lie. Visible on their very website - as though you can prosecute a belief.

They don’t seem to have any problem with hate crime legislation itself, just when sexual orientation is about to be added to it. In fact, hate crime legislation already provides for religious belief.

Hate crimes legislation deals with physical violence, and if you, Exodus International, are against any deterrent to that, then there’s no “agree on safety” to speak of.

“fair treatment”
From the ACLU:

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) offers Congress the opportunity to ensure workplace equality by protecting LGBT workers from employment discrimination. ENDA…would ban employment discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation [or gender identity]. The bill protects workers from discriminatory hiring, firing, promotion or compensation practices, as well as retaliation for reporting such practices.
From Exodus:
Exodus has been on record as opposing the redefinition of marriage, the use of hate crimes legislation to suppress freedom of conscience and religious liberty as well as ENDA­, the corporate version of hate crimes. ENDA is another example of the state forcing a state sanctioned sexual morality at the expense of religious liberty.
And…
Randy Thomas [VP of Exodus]: To pass ENDA, and create a protected class – and I’m not black, and I’m not a woman, and I’ve never been a woman – but I do respect civil rights. I do respect Dr. King, and for ENDA and hate crimes legislation, to create–a special class, or a protected class, undercuts civil rights–to the core.

Now is there an issue of homosexuality in the workplace? Sure, let’s talk about that. Let’s have a dialogue about homosexuality in the workplace. And the dynamics that that causes inside the workplace. Valid concerns, absolutely. And where there is a problem, like I experienced, we should take care of it. But as a former gay identified man, and I say former, because I am no longer gay. I did experience a change in my identity, as well as my sexuality. But as a former gay man, I see this perspective. (Crowd applauds) Thank you. I see this from the perspective of knowing what it’s like to be a gay man–in the workplace, but I also see it from the perspective of, I want my religious liberties protected.
So to hell with “fair treatment” too, Exodus International considers their religious liberties to include “discriminatory hiring, firing, promotion or compensation practices, as well as retaliation for reporting such practices.”

“and kindness”
What's your "success rate" in changing gays into straights?

No one is saying that change is easy. It requires strong motivation, hard work, and perseverance. But we find hundreds of former homosexuals who have found a large degree of change--attaining abstinence from homosexual behaviors, lessening of homosexual temptations, strengthening their sense of masculine or feminine identity, correcting distorted styles of relating with members of the same and opposite gender. Some former homosexuals marry and some don't, but marriage is not the measuring stick; spiritual growth and obedience are.

On the statistical side, careful reviews of research studies on sexual orientation change suggest that real change is indeed possible. Studies suggesting change rates in the range of 30-50% are not unusual, although "success rates" vary considerably and the measurement of change is problematic. For details and review of several studies, see the link below.
“Abstinence,” suppression of “homosexual temptations,” feeling more “masculine or feminine,” even “marriage.” That’s how they get to the 30-50% “success rates.”

It’s no accident that they use the ambiguity of the word “change” so often.

The false implication that sexual attraction is what “changes” is what is meant to be conveyed.

It’s horribly dishonest. And the study they link to has been debunked at length:

Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation

Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse conducted this “study.” On page 15 we find “The Controversy,” and the goal of the study:
(1) …is it ever possible for an individual who has a homosexual orientation to change that orientation via religious means? (2) Is the attempt to change harmful, as so many today claim.
They literally set the bar for success as low as conceptually possible -- Is it EVER possible to go straight, and is attempting to go straight EVER harmful?

Exodus would seem to want to keep use of the concept of sexual fluidity, but only if it flows in one direction.

Is it ever "harmful?" Beyond Ex-gay is one resource that can heartily testify to that.

Day of Truth: False hope for political purposes, the demonization of LGBT students via accusation of nefarious "agenda," and trivialization of the LGBT and those perceived to be LGBT, victims of taunting, bullying, and physical violence.

Day of Truth, coming to infect a school near you.

3 comments:

libhom said...

I don't know if I mentioned this here, but the two guys who founded Exodus fell in love, left the ministry, and had a same sex commitment ceremony.

Also, I've talked to someone who used to be involved in the change ministries, and I learned some interesting things. Most people don't stay in the ministries very long. Also, the leaders will acknowledge still having same sex attractions when they are talking to other members in private.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I mentioned this here, but two guys who were involved in Alcoholics Anonymous fell off the wagon and in fact several have chosen (bad word, I know) to drink. Funny, how we have been endowed with free will by our Creator.

Also, I've to talked to someone who used to be a part of AA, and I learned some interesting things. Things you could never imagine. He says that many of the AA participants still struggle with a temptation to drink. Makes you think the Bible and all that talk about sin is true. But we all know better, right.

Because we all know that a temptation really means you are what you are tempted by and no one can every change from being an alcoholic. Poor bastards, forever they will be drunks. Why doesn't society just except it as a God given gift and let them drive whether they are sober or not.

We are so backwards here in America. So prejudice against drinkers when God made them that way. They've always been that way.

And don't get me started on polygamy either. How hypocritical that polygamy is still outlawed when we've already established that consenting adults should be able to screw each other whether they are same sex or married or never married.

America will never be free until consenting adults can do anything they want with anyone they want as long as everyone consents. Because we know if its consensual, it's right!

Emproph said...

“two guys who were involved in Alcoholics Anonymous fell off the wagon and in fact several have chosen (bad word, I know) to drink.”

So you’re attempting to compare the attraction to the effects of alcohol (alcoholism), and same-sex attraction (homosexuality). Let’s explore that, shall we?

Alcoholics Anonymous, Step One:

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol---that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Homosexuals don’t have any more “power” over their human sexuality than do heterosexuals, so the operating phrase is: “our lives had become unmanageable.” The word “unmanageable” implying harm to one’s self and/or others.

What you seem to be suggesting is that same-sex sex, and/or relationships, automatically and directly make one’s life unmanageable.

How?
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“many of the AA participants still struggle with a temptation to drink.”

Heterosexuals have the same human sexuality “temptations” that homosexuals do.

No difference.
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“Because we all know that a temptation really means you are what you are tempted by”

Well if you consider human sexuality to be an addiction, then yes.

Again, no difference.
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“and no one can every change from being an alcoholic.”

Correct, given your analogy, no one can ever change from being a sexual being to a non-sexual being.
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“Why doesn't society just except it as a God given gift and let them drive whether they are sober or not.”

Now you’re off the map. Driving drunk DIRECTLY increases the chances of harm to one’s self and/or others. The attraction to the effects of alcohol is NOT the same as the attraction to driving drunk, as you suggest.

And to pre-empt -- given your propensity for lousy analogies -- exposure to HIV causes infection. If AIDS was the result of homosexuality, then ALL homosexuals would have it, regardless of their sex lives. No exposure, no infection.
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“And don't get me started on polygamy either. How hypocritical that polygamy is still outlawed when we've already established that consenting adults should be able to screw each other whether they are same sex or married or never married.”

According to the Bible, your sarcasm is hypocritical. God condoned and approved of polygamy for Abdon,* Abijah, Abraham, Ahab, Ahasuerus, Ashur, Belshazzar, Benhadad, Caleb, David, Eliphaz, Elkanah, Esau, Ezra, Gideon, Heman,* Hosea,* Ibzan,* Issachar,** Jacob, Jair,* Jehoiachin, Jehoram, Jerahmeel, Joash, Lamech, Machir, Manasseh, Mered, Moses, Nahor, Rehoboam, Saul, Shaharaim, Shimei,* Simeon, Solomon, Terah,* Zedekiah, and Ziba.*

Did you forget to read those parts, or do think God just changed His mind?

If you have a problem with God’s approval of polygamy, you’ll have to take that up with God.

And while you’re at it, you might want to take up your disapproval of incest with God too, since He designed it into the ORIGINAL plan for family and procreation - as per the population of the Earth through Adam and Eve and their children.

Or did He change His mind on that too?
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“America will never be free until consenting adults can do anything they want with anyone they want as long as everyone consents.”

As long as that consent doesn’t harm anyone else, directly or indirectly, then yes. And your kids having to “think about it” because it’s a part of reality doesn’t count.
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For the record, I know exactly what you were getting at. An honest analogy would have been sex addicts anonymous, but that would have required you to acknowledge that heterosexuals were prone to the same “temptations,” which was the last thing you wanted.

Your goal was to demean and dismiss the fundamental human sexuality that homosexuals like me share with you as merely an addiction to be overcome. By denigrating my human need for love, companionship and sex, you can then feel that yours is superior to mine. Then you delude yourself into thinking that it’s God who has a problem with anal sex - because it wasn’t two girls who fell off that wagon now was it?

It has nothing to do with religious belief, because clearly you haven’t read the Bible. It also has nothing to do with moral conviction, as you equate harmful behavior with non-harmful behavior. As always, it comes down to the “ick” factor. Which you just spent six paragraphs trying hide.

You not only didn’t have the respect for me to come up with your own argument, you didn’t have the respect for me to think through the argument spoon-fed you by your leaders.

I’m that beneath you. Therein lies the hatred.