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Exodus Applauds Schmierer’s Part in Uganda Conference

Timothy Kincaid

March 13th, 2009

The Christian Post has an article today in which Warren Throckmorton was critical of the carelessness with which ex-gay ministries approached the conference in Uganda:

“It is illegal to be homosexual in Uganda. There’s also a category of homosexuality (act) that has a potential for life imprisonment,” said Throckmorton to The Christian Post on Wednesday. “How often it is enforced is not clear.”

“I think it’s inappropriate to try to transplant American concepts of ex-gay ministry into an environment where you can’t even go in and open yourself up to that kind of disclosure without some kind of risk,” he said.

But Alan Chambers, President of Exodus, was not apologetic.

In response, Exodus International said it applauds its board member Don Schmierer, who attended the Uganda conference, for his effort to convey an “alternative message that encompasses a compassionate, biblical view of homosexuality,” according to a statement by Exodus International president Alan Chambers to The Christian Post on Wednesday.

Exodus says neither Schmierer nor the ministry agrees or endorses Uganda’s criminalization of homosexuality law, imprisonment of homosexuals or compulsory therapy. Rather, the ministry says it “unequivocally denounces” the positions the government of Uganda has towards homosexuality.

We do not yet have the full text of the statement. But to be perfectly honest, my stomach turned when I read this.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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David
March 13th, 2009 | LINK

“alternative message that encompasses a compassionate, biblical view of homosexuality,” How can you present a compassionate view and NOT address the unspeakable discrimination and hatred that was the driving force of this conference?

Lynn David
March 13th, 2009 | LINK

Ahmanson – Fieldstead – Schmierer (Fieldstead employee & Exodus board member) – Exodus…. it’s the money. Schmierer might be an Episcopalian whose parish has placed itself under the auspices of the Ugandan bishop (archdiocese). Ahmanson, who has given money to Exodus [http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/gimme-that-oc-religion/is-howard-f-ahmanson-reading-n/], was a member of such an Orange county Episcopalian church – St. James Anglican Church of the Archdiocese of Uganda [http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/gimme-that-oc-religion/is-howard-f-ahmanson-reading-n/]. Should Schmierer also have such a connection then he was appearing in Uganda perhaps at the behest of his Ugandan bishop.

It’s the money.

Lynn David
March 13th, 2009 | LINK

That second link I posted should have been:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/gimme-that-oc-religion/howard-f-ahmanson-jr-responds/

lurker
March 17th, 2009 | LINK

well, it kind of makes sense, given what I’ve read here about exodus . . . it seems to me that their main bread-and-butter are parents of queers, so they couldn’t very well be recommending inprisonment for their benefactors’ children.

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