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Evangelical Christian video uses LGBTQ language to promote anti-gay message

Evangelical Christian video uses LGBTQ language to promote anti-gay message

A video titled “Love is Love” is using LGBTQ language to promote conversion therapy, according to critics of the Anchored North evangelical media group.

The Guardian reports:

Between the title and the rainbow flag, you could easily mistake this for a pro-LGBT video from the It Gets Better or Truth Wins Out campaigns. But it’s actually from Anchored North, an evangelical media company that uses short-form videos to proselytize on behalf of Christianity via social media.

For the first half of the four-minute video, Emily’s life is ticking along nicely, including getting engaged to a woman. Then she’s invited to a church. “I Googled [Bible] verses on homosexuality,” she recalls, “and it scared me really bad.”

By the end, Emily is cuddled up with a handsome young man in gray sweater, as she explains: “It’s not gay to straight, it’s lost to saved.”

At one point in the video, Emily uses the popular LGBT-affirming phrase “born this way”, but twists it to say that all humans are born with sin, but there is hope in Jesus.

The Guardian quotes Anchored North co-founder Greg Sukert listing homosexuality alongside drunkenness, promiscuity, and even rape –  all sins, he says, which come from the same deceitful and wicked heart with which we are all born.

Sukert “vehemently denies” that the video and the group behind it are promoting conversion therapy, but the Guardian also spoke to an activist who sees that denial as particularly dangerous.

Deb Cuny, a spokeswoman for the #BornPerfect campaign, which speaks out against the dangers of conversion therapy, was in high school when she came out to her fundamentalist Christian parents. For years, their lives centered around conversion therapy classes, retreats, and even supernatural “cleansing” sessions to rid her bedroom of demonic spirits.

“Eventually I decided I was definitely going to hell and became very depressed,” she said. “I had so much self-hate around my sexuality.”

More than a decade later, Cuny and her parents use terms like “brainwashed” and “abuse” to describe that time. Cuny has since embraced her sexuality, and is on her way to becoming an Episcopal minister.

She sees Anchored North’s suggestion that their videos don’t support conversion therapy as particularly insidious.

“I want to expose all the different subtle practices of the church that don’t have the label of conversion therapy, but clearly are,” she said. “Any attempt to change someone’s sexual or gender identity, even through something as subtle as prayer, is conversion therapy.”

Read more of the story at the Guardian.

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David G. Duggan

Many are the people who have renounced homosexuality and lived productive lives as heterosexuals (John Maynard Keynes, Whitaker Chambers). The “born this way” profession of genetic pre-determination is tripe.

Helen Kromm

Both Keynes and Chambers were in all probability bisexual. The available evidence seems to suggest they were “born this way”. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? You know, individuals that are attracted to both sexes.

There is no evidence at all that either one of them “renounced homosexuality” as you state. The article you’re responding to addresses conversion therapy. I’m wondering how two bisexual men who both departed this earth over half a century ago are relevant to that discussion.

Perhaps you can share with us some examples that are more contemporary? I also eagerly await your views on conversion therapy if you’re inclined to share them with us.

David G. Duggan

Ms. Kromm: you would not be persuaded by any current examples (e.g., the Rev. Mario Bergner), so why waste the electrons to engage in a vain exercise. We are all born under the power of sin and death and those of us by the grace of God have been saved by faith in Jesus’ blood recognize our innate proclivity to sinful behavior regardless of its pelvic orientation.

Marshall Scott

Brother Duggan, what you say is true, and also beside the point. We are all subject to sin and the power of death – and the natures of our sins many, varied, and beyond the scope of this discussion.

Have any felt peace and a sense of personal and identity integrity after therapy for change? Undoubtedly. I work in the medical arena, and the occasional unusual medical response is not grounds for a medical standard of care. The questions about conversion therapy are first questions of bad medical care, bad psychiatric care, and not either of some “social accommodation” or denial of the fallenness of creation. The possible benefit for a very few simply does not offset the probable injury to so many, especially as, again, this is something a few want to call “therapeutic.”

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