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  1. Michelle
    December 22, 2009

    Thanks for a really interesting read to start the morning off Ted! I’d be hearing a few things about Brundidge and his work but not so much about the man himself which is what makes this such a great piece.

    I’m glad you brought up the issue of how ex-gay ministries are trying to play to both sides because I really do think that this is the core of the problem, particularly in places like Uganda. Whilst their voices may not be so powerful in places like the UK and US, they are in Uganda and similar countries, and as you say this means what they say has a whole lot more impact. If they really are all about spreading love and harmony then this ministries should be thinking twice before they speak, or alternatively be honest and not try and pretend they aren’t being blatantly homophobic, and attempting to breed further by what they say.

  2. Lynn David
    December 22, 2009

    On the other hand, the word is out on the street to the young people: If you want to make good money, pretend to be ‘gay.’ Why? Gay activists are recruiting impoverished young boys and girls, offering them money to impersonate homosexuals. ‘Just tell people you are gay and we’ll pay you money.’ In this way, they are trying to skew the data regarding the numbers of people who are homosexual.”

    The people at SMUG in Uganda often do not have much money to aid their efforts whatsoever. Where these ideas come from other than the imaginings of Christian ministers I do not know. It seems that any lie they can make up to fight against what they perceive as evil is alright. Even though it might lead to the death of some gays. Well, they had good teachers, Scott Lively sure made up some good ones.

  3. Brady
    December 22, 2009

    Really great article, Ted. Thanks for posting!

  4. cowboy
    December 22, 2009

    Interesting. I speculate Mr. Brundidge has tasted the fruit of being a celebrity (of sorts). That might be a factor into his behavior.

  5. Martin
    December 22, 2009

    “Where these ideas come from other than the imaginings of Christian ministers I do not know.”

    This particular lie comes naturally to people who are accustomed to missionizing to bribing people to convert by offering clothing, food and/or health care.

  6. Roger
    December 22, 2009

    A very interesting reading indeed.
    is it just me or has anyone else noticed something very odd in the passage about “gay people paying straight youth to pass by gay” ?
    This supposed bribing into gayness carries an uncanny similarity with the behavior we all know is the hallmark of the professional ex-gays, closeted pastors and other religious self-hating GAY bigots; i.e. they receive money to say they “became” straight. They make a living out of saying they are something they can´t possibly be. Some don´t even need the money: they will settle for beeing praised by their fellow religious freaks.
    Spreading these lies about the simetrical situation amounts to a level of somber irony that I can find no paralel at all.
    It´s really a joke. A sad, sick, twisted, horrible joke.

  7. Roger
    December 22, 2009

    Martin, I hadn´t read your comment above before I made my own. You are right and I now realize that the “ex”-gay case is just a specific case of a much more widespread religious pratice: bribing for Jesus, be it the hungry, the poor, or the emotionally unstable.
    When I find a christian denomination or lets be more embracing: when I find ANY religion at all that REALLY makes good deeds without saying ONE SINGLE WORD about their “beliefs” this will have my respect. But, well… I guess I won´t be holding my breath…

  8. wackadoodle
    December 22, 2009

    This whole mess in Uganda is an example of how ex-gay ministries play both sides of the field: Brundidge and company speak of love and tolerance and being true to yourself while simultaneously spreading paranoia about gay activists recruiting children. They then feign shock when countries like Uganda draft “kill the gays” legislation.

    Exactly. The bigots are quick to apologize and claim they totally oppose criminalizing homosexuality, but they NEVER refute any of the claims made about homosexuals. You don’t tell everyone in town _____ is a sick, deluded child molesting pervert out to get you and then pretend to not be involved when someone murders _____.

  9. Bruce Garrett
    December 22, 2009

    Leaders of the ex-gay movement still don’t see how they are pawns in the hands of people like Don Schmierer and Scott Lively…


  10. Peter
    February 1, 2010

    Great story! I’ve always wanted to infiltrate these anti-gay places and secretly sabotage them!
    Keep up the good work!!

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