â€˜Homosexual Agendaâ€™ a topic at Family Impact Summit listen09/21/07 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Yesterday WMNF reported on a press conference by lesbian gay bisexual and transgendered rights groups to protest the Family Impact Summit being held at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. At the summit this morning, one of the panel discussions focused on what is called the "Homosexual Agenda."
Peter Sprigg is vice president for Policy with the Family Research Council and led the panel.
â€œWell, the goal of the homosexual movement is to win full acceptance of homosexual conduct, homosexual behavior, not just of homosexual individuals, but homosexual behavior in every realm of life, socially, legally, politically, morally, and religiously.â€
Sprigg said that the movement has already successfully accomplished several steps of its agenda.
â€œOne of the first, earliest and most significant was the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. But then weâ€™ve seen just various steps bringing pro-homosexual material into the schools and actually attempting to change the definition of â€˜the familyâ€™ and of â€˜marriageâ€™, which is where a lot of contention is right now in courts and in legislatures.â€
Robert Knight is the director of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of Media Research Center. He was also a panelist and he spoke on the role of the media.
â€œThe media promote the homosexual agenda many ways: One, by slanted coverage where they give pro-gay arguments without any adequate answer from reputable spokesmen. Two, they omit information about the destructive effects of homosexual behavior on people. â€¦ Basically, they have become part of the gay-rights movement themselves. And I say that as a former journalist who has been in many newsrooms and has talked to literally hundreds of reporters and editors and they think itâ€™s all over, that this is part of the civil rights movement, that there canâ€™t be another side to it, so they donâ€™t feel that they need to present the other side.â€
But Knight also blames the American entertainment industry in addition to the news media.
â€œItâ€™s not only the news media, itâ€™s Hollywood. Hollywood presents homosexuality as a healthy normal lifestyle, pretty cool to do, something kids might want to try. Thereâ€™s a relentless drumbeat of acceptance in Hollywood and also in the mainstream media.â€
Another panelist was Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus International, a group that attempts to turn gay people straight.
â€œFor about 31 years, Exodus has been the organization that help men and women, families and young people who are affected by what we call â€˜unwanted homosexuality.â€™ People like me, who because of their faith or other convictions found that their sexuality wasnâ€™t in line with their beliefs or their morals. So we have for many, many years helped individuals who were in that type of conflict overcome homosexuality.â€
During yesterdayâ€™s press conference protesting the Family Impact Summit, the methods of Chambersâ€™ group Exodus International were criticized by Robin Henkins. Henkins is the executive director of Queerly Divine and mentioned a website where former leaders in Exodus International have apologized for what they did while with the organization.
â€œThereâ€™s a website that I think everyone here needs to be aware of, itâ€™s called Beyond Ex-Gay. And on that website you will find people who were leaders in Exodus, a former co-founder in Exodus, and there are Exodus speakers in here today, but those former Exodus leaders youâ€™ll see their testimonies on beyondexgay.com renouncing, apologizing, for the damage, for the hurt that they were a part of committing against this community.â€
Dr. Daniel Helminiak is an ordained Roman Catholic priest and a professor of psychology. He the author of What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality and said that claims that the Bible forbids homosexuality are groundless. He spoke yesterday about the dangers of groups like Exodus.
â€œThe ex-gay movement continues to ruin the lives of hundreds and thousands of innocents. This brain-washing procedure does not change sexual orientation and it causes more harm than good.â€
Another speaker at yesterdayâ€™s press conference, Barbara Leavitt, said the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, pushed her ex-husband to marry her in order to become â€˜ex-gay.â€™ He recently came out and they were divorced.
â€œWhen ministers push gay men and women into marriages in order to save them from eternal damnation, they donâ€™t give any thought to the straight spouse, or the children, or to the gays themselves who would be faced with the challenges of this. If these gay men and women who want homes and families like everyone else had been accepted for who they were, they would never had married someone of the opposite sex in order to obtain these blessings in their lives. Gay marriage harms no one.â€
Chambers told WMNF that he didnâ€™t choose to feel gay but he did choose to be gay.
â€œFor me, I didnâ€™t wake up one morning and out of lifeâ€™s big buffet, I didnâ€™t choose to feel, or to have same-sex attractions, I didnâ€™t choose to feel homosexual. But when I was old enough to make an informed decision, I did choose my behavior, I did choose my identity, and I did choose my lifestyle.
"And so we have to understand that no one would want to feel these feelings, but we are as adults able to make an informed decision, and therefore choose how we are going steward our sexuality. I chose incorrectly at one point to steward mine and to be gay. And then the best decision that I made, the best choice that came out of it was I chose to follow Godâ€™s way out of homosexuality.â€
Chambers called the homosexual agenda the most successful marketing campaign and said that gay activists, but not the entire gay community, are intolerant.
â€œThe gay activist community, which is really a very small minority of the gay community is, in my experience, the most intolerant community in the history of the world. They donâ€™t want to allow people choice. They want people like me to either be silenced or to conform to what they believe is best for those who are involved in homosexuality. They are intolerant of any other viewpoint; they do not want the message out that there are families who have been impacted by this and chosen something different that what they have chosen.â€
The Family Impact Summit continues tomorrow with panels and workshops about homosexuality and other social and political and religious issues
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