Friday, September 20, 2019

Sprigg to appear at a pray-away-the-gay convention

Friday, according to Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group:
Tomorrow, Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council, will be a keynote speaker this weekend at “Hope Gathering 2019”—the 9th annual conference of Help4Families. The conference, co-sponsored by Living Stones Ministries, will be held in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21.
I cannot imagine how intellectually stimulating that must be. Two days worth. I am certain that Sprigg will be up to the challenge.
Mr. Sprigg does research, writing, speaking, and media appearances dealing with the subjects of family, marriage, and human sexuality—in particular the issues of homosexuality and the transgender movement. His address at the Hope Gathering will be on “Five Myths About Gender Identity.”
Research? Really? To which academic journals has Peter Sprigg published? Sprigg's “five myths” will be biblically-based mythology. The notion that Peter Sprigg has any expertise regarding gender identity is another myth. Sprigg's training is as a Baptist minister. Sprigg's obsession is LGBTQ people.

Ah, but there is more good news:
Help4Families is a ministry to families with loved ones who struggle with their God-given gender and sexuality. Its founder and Executive Director is Denise Schick [SIC], author of My Daddy’s Secret.
If family members “struggle” with their sexuality then it is often due to the stupidity and ignorance of other family members.

Help 4 Families is based on Ashland, KY. It has annual revenues below $50,000. Living Stones Ministries in Glendora, CA reported revenues of $179,324. For the year ended June 30, 2018 Denise Shick, listed as a board member, was paid $37,950. She signed the same tax return as executive director which is inconsistent.

I have to hand it to the Christian fundamentalists. As a group they manage to find paid tax preparers who do not know how to correctly prepare a tax return for a 501(c)3. Living Stones Ministries is no exception. This one doesn't know the difference between contributions and program service revenue.

There is quite a bit of fluff in “other expenses.” That is a matter of opinion rather than fact. It suggests that Ms. Shick is the  beneficiary of some illicit untaxed compensation.

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