Thursday, October 30, 2014

ERLC & Al Mohler v. PFOX v. Relevance

Al Mohler
According to American Family Association's “news” blog, Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, addressed more than 1,000 evangelical pastors and others attending the three-day conference held by Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Mohler stated that he was wrong years ago when he said “same-sex attraction could be changed.” This came on the heels of a statement by ERLC head, Russell Moore who stated that the ERLC no longer supports reparative therapy.

Enter Greg Quinlan of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays). Quinlan says that Mohler's statement is an affront to people who have been successfully treated through the psychological therapy.
There are thousands of us who have left homosexuality and many of us went through therapy for those of us where it was available to do so, So to make that suggestion is just cruel. It was a cruel thing to say – and I would hope that these good men would get educated on the facts about therapy.

Mohler would be irrelevant were it not for the considerable damage that he, and others, have done to parents and children with their “change is possible” BS. One has to wonder just how zealous they will be to truly correct what Molher admits was a mistake. To what extent will Mohler's and Moore's admissions be publicized? I doubt that any of this is going to affect bigoted Baptist ministers like Peter Sprigg at Family Research Council. Sprigg continues to spout reparative therapy crackpottery as science.

Let us remember that Mohler supports license-to-discriminate legislation. It was only about a month ago that he railed against an affirming Baptist Church. He doesn't seem to be a friend of the gay community although he might further evolve. First, though, he'll have to drop the “same-sex attraction” rhetoric. It is clear that he expects gay people not to act on those attractions, innate as they might be. Mohler was a staunch opponent of allowing gay Boy Scouts. He said “...this proposed policy spells disaster for the Scouts, and, if adopted, that disaster will not be long in coming.” He seems to have been wrong about that too.

As for Mr. Quinlan, he is irrelevant. Those “thousands” of ex-gays are as producible as a pork chop at a bar mitzvah. Furthermore, they don't seem to be terribly interested in the organization that supposedly supports them. Total donations to PFOX in 2012 were about $35K. Mr. Quinlan is a gay man pretending to be straight. He has economic and religious interests in pretending to be ex-gay. PFOX only exists to foster discrimination against gay people.

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