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  1. Josh
    February 26, 2008

    I have a lot of respect for Toscano and the tireless work he’s been doing to expose the ex-gay industry that he was marinated in for so many years but I suspect he was able to get through this interview mainly because, on some level, he is still only a degree or two separated from the people with whom he debated.

  2. Bruce Garrett
    February 27, 2008

    Josh: No…that’s Peterson. He’s a peaceful, very creative and empathic spirit and he really wants to nudge people away from conflict and into “being peace”.

    I was raised in the fundamentalist culture, if not in one that was quite so hateful as Larry Bates. Peterson’s example, and those of the other Survivors I met over the last weekend in Memphis, have been a much needed tonic to my chronic anger at people like Bates. The thing about Peterson and the other survivor’s, is that they really wanted all their lives to be closer to God, and That’s why they went through what they did. Bates and his kind on the other hand, want to be God’s second in command.

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