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Exodus Press Release Spins Study

Jim Burroway

September 15th, 2007

Yesterday, I made the mistake of promising a detailed review of the synopsis from Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse of their new ex-gay study. Little did I know that unexpected company would be dropping in this weekend. So watch this space for my review sometime Monday.

Meanwhile, Exodus is pleased as punch about Jones’ and Yarhouse’s ex-gay study:

Alan Chambers, a former homosexual and President of Exodus International, responded to the study findings at today’s press conference, “Finally, there is now scientific evidence to prove what we as former homosexuals have known all along – that those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction can experience freedom from it.”

Alan Chambers’ sweeping generalization “that those who struggle.. can experience freedom” isn’t supported by the study. At best, a few (namely, eleven out of this sample of seventy-three) found freedom — that is, if freedom means “satisfactory, if not uncomplicated, heterosexual adjustment” as Jones and Yarhouse so carefully put it. Another seventeen decided that celibacy was good enough. Not what I’d call freedom, but hey — different strokes, right?

Update: Here’s the review I promised: A Preliminary Review of Jones and Yarhouse’s “Ex-Gay? A Longitudinal Study”

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Ken R
September 15th, 2007 | LINK

Another seventeen decided that celibacy was good enough. Not what I’d call freedom, but hey — different strokes, right?

Uh, that is not freedom from homosexuality but rather just plain ‘ol celibacy. Sorry Exodus but celibate gay men\women does not = Ex-gay no more than a celibate heterosexual = an ex-heterosexual.

Is that coffee I smell Jim?

Lynn David
September 15th, 2007 | LINK

Who writes Exodus press-releases? Cause it sure is not Chambers. Oh yeah, Ensley. The release is all ga-ga saying:

….recent research showing change in sexual orientation to be possible…

While Chambers comment is:

…those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction can experience freedom from it.

That is two completely different things. Chambers is hedging his answer in the idea that orientation doesn’t seem to be changeable. Chambers and Ensley certainly do not see eye to eye.

Truth in Technicolor
September 15th, 2007 | LINK

As long as fear is running the show, there will never be accurate findings.

Emproph
September 15th, 2007 | LINK

CHAMBERS: “Finally, there is now scientific evidence to prove what we as former homosexuals have known all along – that those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction can experience freedom from it.”

“…these study findings give credence to our existence as men and women whose lives have been transformed by Jesus Christ.”

So we now have scientific evidence of Jesus Christ?

Ben in Oakland
September 15th, 2007 | LINK

As always, there are just six words:

Ted Haggard
Lonnie Latham
Paul Barnes

We could probably add Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swagart.

Jason
September 17th, 2007 | LINK

“Finally, there is now scientific evidence to prove what we as former homosexuals have known all along – that those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction can experience freedom from it.”

What a boldfaced lie. The successes even admit they are not without same-sex attractions, feelings, desires, or fantasies, they just have very few of them.

But I guess they like to redefine freedom so as to include the occasional gay thought, kind of like naive teenagers think they’re still virgins after they’ve had a ton of oral sex.

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