Exodus In Ukraine

Jim Burroway

June 17th, 2008

Anti-gay activists are truly going global. Yesterday, we reported on Paul Cameron in Moscow. Today, it’s Exodus in Ukraine.

On June 5th and 6th, Don Schmierer conducted a seminar in Donetsk, Ukraine, on the campus of Donetsk Christian University. (Donetsk is a city of a little over a million people in eastern Ukraine.) It’s unclear whether the seminar was under the auspices of Exodus International or the Exodus Global Alliance, but the apparent title of the seminar, “Revolution,” echoes the theme of last years’ Exodus conference in Irvine, California.

Schmierer repeated the usual theories of what supposedly causes homosexuality, parent-blaming theories which come straight out of the Love Won Out playbook. You know, the distant-father, domineering mother, and general rejection themes which dominate the ex-gay mindset.

Schmierer is the author of several ex-gay books, including An Ounce of Prevention, What’s a Father To Do?, and Celebrating God’s Design — all of which have been translated into several languages, including Russian and Ukraine.

[Hat tip: Ruslan Porshnev of Anti-Dogma]

Richard Rush

June 17th, 2008

“Anti-gay activists are truly going global.”

While the capacity for delusion seems nearly limitless among the anti-gay-for-pay crowd, perhaps they are facing the reality that their days are numbered in the U.S. and western Europe. After building careers around the professional persecution of gay people, where would they find jobs to maintain future income?

Imagine their resumes: a series of jobs where they organize, write and speak against homosexuality, all culminating in failure. Where does one go from there?

Thus Russia and eastern Europe must look like fertile markets for what they are selling.


June 17th, 2008

It seems almost an unfair advantage. They can make inroads in those places and pro-gay organizations cannot for fear and the reality of anti-gay violence. So homophobic violence actually helps their cause. Without a “do the ends justify the means” debate, does this not sound scrupulous?

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