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Andrew Comiskey compares his friend Kin’s life journey to John Paulks

June 24, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Religious Perspective

May 12, 2014

The following excerpts are from the blog “Faltering and Fruitfulness” on Andrew Comiskey’s website: “My friend Kin recently texted me to rejoice in the prosperity of his two children, now faithful husbands and fathers. ‘What if I had believed the lie that had been written over my life. O amazing God, how great are Your wonders….’ Kin referred to how Jesus’ death and resurrection set him free from what seemed like his destiny as a ‘gay man.’” …

“That is in sharp distinction to last week’s Newsweek’s article—‘Ex-Ex Gay Pride’-that featured John Paulk, ex-spouse of RHN director Anne and a former Exodus leader. The article frames John’s recent public return to homosexual practice (thus breaking his vows to wife and kids) as noble, a prophetic witness of the inevitable. John and others ‘testify’ of ‘living a lie’ by not being true to their real ‘gay selves’; they employ the language of abuse and self-loathing to describe a Christian culture in which they, in Paulk’s words, ‘did not change one iota.’”

“The only thing that has changed is a spiritual culture that now removes the Cross from the equation of how we become fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ.” …

Voice of the Voiceless report documents university discrimination

June 24, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 11, 2014

The following excerpts are from the post “Campus Climate Report: Virginia Universities and ‘Unsafe Zone’ for Students with Unwanted Same-sex Attractions” on the Voice of the Voiceless website: … “The report, which contains links to video and audio recordings, documents seven undercover visits to Virginia University LGBTQ Resource Centers made by two former homosexuals in September 2013, as well as evidence of discriminatory conduct from at least two universities towards Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), a national non-profit organization advocating for individuals with unwanted SSA and ex-gays. Click here (CCR2014-Final) to download the 86-page report.” (more…)

Christopher Doyle responds to the failure of conversion therapy ban efforts

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

May 8, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “As Many as Nine State Legislatures Have Now Rejected SOCE Therapy Bans” by Christopher Doyle on the Voice of the Voiceless website: …“We have been following this legislation for quite some time, and were involved in the defeat of bills in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois. But recently, we learned that a few other states have quietly dismissed these measures as well, including Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. Of course, the mainstream media won’t report this news; you’ll only hear about it on this website. …. In Hawaii, the bill was ‘deferred’ by the committee, ultimately causing it to die in this year’s session. … In Wisconsin, SB481 ‘failed to pass pursuant to Joint Senate Resolution 1.’ … Meanwhile, thanks to efforts from Equality And Justice For All, the bill in Pennsylvania has little chance of getting a hearing and out of committee, and in Ohio, a similar fate will likely befall SB 188. That leaves Massachusetts, Vermont, Florida, Washington, DC and New York,” …

Andrew Comiskey calls out President Obama

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 7, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “Caught in the Obama-snare” by Andrew Comiskey in the PFOX Spring 2014 newsletter: A nation whose head cannot distinguish between ethnicity and sexual identity is in big trouble. Race is immutable and inspired by God; sexual identity variations (LGBTSQ, etc.) are man-made, elastic constructs designed to either work out inner conflicts or expand one’s sexual consumerism. To equate skin color and sexual identity is superficial, weak reasoning that is unjust to oppressed ethnicities and broken people searching for real love and identity. …

Obama’s hand is now obvious. He is doing everything in his power to ‘queer’ America. His reasoning rests on a fault-line. As the first black president, he is confusing race with the nuances of gender identity.

Not only does such a foolish equation trivialize racial discrimination, it declares the fragile, still-evolving ‘self’ of the man or woman who wants to experiment sexually with the same gender as an ironclad identity, rather than as a moral decision. It does not deal with the destructive results these decisions may have for self and others, (especially children) subject to these questionable ‘liberties.’ …

Gisele Roy articulates ex-gay perspective

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News

May 7, 2014

The following excerpts are from the post “He jests at scars who never felt a wound” by Gisele Roy on the Voice of the Voiceless website: … “Psychologists have long confirmed that bullies were often the victims of bullying themselves. We understand only too well that gays have borne the bulk of bullying, and we at Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) feel outrage every time we hear of anyone bashing gays. Yet, now that gays are finally being given protection under the law, they have turned their own anger from having been bullied and are now bullying, of all people, former homosexuals.”

“We at VoV love all homosexuals. Why? Everyone at VoV were or have children, family, or friends who are/were homosexuals. Why would we ever want anyone to hurt someone who experiences what we have experienced? Why would we want anyone to continue hurting our children? We decry anyone subjecting homosexuals to anything but love. We must, however, hold everyone, including gays, to the same level of tolerance, acceptance and respect for ex-gays. We at VoV also deserve the same level of respect afforded to everyone else.” …

Maryland delegate Jon Cardin will not release documents related to alleged misconduct

June 19, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 7, 2014

The following excerpt is from the press release “What Exactly is Maryland Delegate Jon Cardin Hiding?” on the International Healing Institute website: “Bowie, MD — Today, International Healing Foundation (IHF), a non-profit therapeutic organization in Bowie, MD expressed disappointment in Maryland Delegate Jon Cardin’s lack of transparency with the public. In a March 27 letter in response to IHF’s allegations of defamation and misconduct in reference to HB 91, a bill that sought to take away the rights of minor clients to seek counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA), Delegate Cardin stated: “I welcome any investigations you or your lawyers wish to pursue,” yet when IHF submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for key documents that would reveal any illegal or improper conduct on the Delegate’s part, he refused to release them, citing Maryland “legislative privilege.” …

Robert Gollwitzer believes the time to fight is now

June 13, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News

May 4, 2014

The following excerpts are from the blog “Should ex-gay ministries get involved in politics?” by Robert Gollwitzer on the Homosexuals Anonymous website: “That question raised quite some concern among ex-gays even not so long ago. Some groups (like Homosexuals Anonymous) have completely abstained from taking an active part in politics, others have been out there from the beginning. So where are we now? Does it even matter? It does – very much so.”

“I don’t know if there ever was a time where it might have been understandable to focus only on being a “safe haven” for those seeking help in dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction. If there was, this time is over now. We simply cannot afford staying silent anymore and concentration on therapy, counseling or pastoral care.” …

Conversion therapy bans stall across the nation

June 13, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics

May 4, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “Gay conversion therapy bans stall across the nation” by Cheryl Wetzstein on The Washington Times website: …”A movement to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” that counsels gay children and teens on how to become straight is meeting with unexpected problems after the easy passage of bills in California and New Jersey.

… “Supporters insist they still have political momentum to pass more bans on sexual orientation change efforts for minors, with one top campaigner saying the delays at the state level are only a temporary setback.” … “But Christopher Doyle, a licensed clinical professional counselor who supports sexual orientation change efforts, said the bills were losing because of a coordinated effort by ex-gays to introduce themselves to lawmakers and talk up the potential benefits of the practice.” …

Alan and Leslie Chambers marriage is stronger than ever as they feel marginalized

June 08, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News

April 18, 2014

The following excepts are from the blog “An Unlikely Love” by Alan and Leslie Chambers on Alan Chambers’ website: … “Leslie and I were called on to represent the Church by the head of the Church, not by all the members of it. From any vantage point, Leslie and I have been marginalized. For years we have been marginalized by society for our belief that God’s creative intent for sexual expression is one man married to one woman for one lifetime. Now in our efforts to simply and wholly love and serve people, we have been marginalized by the mainstream Christian Church who once hailed our story as miraculous. We are now an embarrassment to many and I’m not always exactly sure why. Ironically, it is now the LGBT community who respect our complex story and are increasingly accepting us for who we are: unlikely friends.” …

“Outwardly we have become what we inwardly always longed to be: friends to anyone who wants to be friends with us. (more…)

Andrew Comiskey describes a smear campaign used against his ministry

June 02, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Ex-gay News, Gay Politics, Religious Perspective

April 13, 2014

The following excerpts are from the blog “Downward Ascent 8: Woeful- wellbeing” on Andrew Comiskey’s website: Being hated for loving Jesus means you are doing something right. Authentic peacemakers provoke war. Jesus may wash feet, defend children, empower women, and cure lepers but He also mirrors the truth of our sin (JN 15: 18-25). His reflection so unsettled the religious and political figures of His day that they smashed that mirror every way they could. His disciples might expect the same. The servant is not greater than his master. …

Be forewarned: the ‘gay marriage’ machine has just begun to steamroll opponents. Note that its energy is essentially ‘anti-Christ.’ … (more…)