When Words Lose All Meaning

Jim Burroway

May 15th, 2009

It was just a month ago when Exodus Vice President Randy Thomas finally got around to commenting on Exodus board member Don Schmierer’s participation at an anti-gay conference in Uganda alongside Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively. While leaders of that conference endorsed a policy of forcing people into ex-gay therapy upon conviction under that country’s draconian anti-sodomy law, Don Schmierer — the supposed ex-gay “expert” at the conference — remained silent. While we feared that this would spark another round of anti-gay vigilantism, arrests and torture (and it has),  Thomas rushed to Schmierer’s defense. He also admonished us for demanding accountability on the part of Exodus:

It isn\’t going to be a gay activist yelling at the Ugandan government that will actually get our ssa brothers and sisters out of jail. It will be people like me pleading with these leaders to recognize the Christ-likeness inherent in respecting self-determination and the dignity of every soul that draws breath. If I had the opportunity I would go directly to the jail and visit these people and plead for their freedom.

My gut response: “Book the damn flight already.”

Well, it’s been exactly one month later. Two gay men, at last report, have been jailed in Mbele, one more in Mukono and reportedly another in Entebbe. And more people, some of them not gay, are also getting caught up in accusations, kidnapping and torture.

And lo and behold, Randy Thomas has indeed booked a flight.

To London.

He had a fabulous time with fellow ex-gay leaders Christine Sneeringer and Sy Rogers. He had a nice dinner and took in a West End musical. So many things to see and places to go, and lots and lots of photos.

Meanwhile in Uganda, those guys are still in jail, waiting for him to plead for their freedom. Now that he’s got his passport and knows how to use it, I’m sure Thomas will be jetting off to Kampala any day now.

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


May 15th, 2009

“Sy Rogers,” not “Cy Rogers.”

Randy Thomson a hypocrite? Who would have guessed? Seriously, the stakes are higher now. It’s about abstract doctrine, money, or even suicide risk, it’s actual people losing their entire lives.


May 15th, 2009

If only Randy had been honest and said that he actually has no interest whatsoever in helping these people. I guess Uganda just isn’t fabulous enough for him.


May 29th, 2009

I asked Randy when he planned on visiting Uganda. He responded by blocking me from his site.

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