1:25 am - 08/22/2012

Pray the Gay Away? Lisa Ling reveals shocking new developments

Lisa Ling & her OWN television series is changing lives. In a new interview tonight on the season finale of Our America With Lisa Ling called “Pray the Gay Away?” revisits the OWN show's groundbreaking episode on this topic, along with an exclusive new interview with conversion therapist Alan Chambers, who says Our America changed his mind on reparative therapy — and gay Christians.

"Do I think there are people living a gay Christian life who are going to be in heaven with me?" he asks rhetorically. "I do. If they have a relationship with God." He says that Christians should now shift from "change" to "acceptance" because the gay cure doesn't work and gays who believe in God can know God as intimately as any heterosexual person.

Chambers, who has long considered himself an "ex-gay" and is married to a woman, says that he no longer believes prayer can make gays become straight but making that announcement has meant that there are "pockets of the evangelical community who think I've betrayed Christ," he tells Ling. "I'm a heretic in some circles."

“I do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to really any struggle, homosexuality included,” said Chambers, who is married to a woman. “For someone to put out a shingle and say, ‘I can cure homosexuality’ — that to me is as bizarre as someone saying they can cure any other common temptation or struggle that anyone faces on Planet Earth.”


time to rewatch my second fav tyra episode about gay exorcisms & ex-gays
mattthew 23rd-Aug-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
i'm just taking a page out of the bamboobanga2 playbook.

i don't agree that believing in a god is destructive to the believer. there are things that some people don't understand. i, personally am not religious and am more logical in how i view the world. but maybe a parent's loss of a young child. yeah there is often a completely rational explanation, but emotionally, they can't make sense of it. so they turn to their god. maybe they write it off as it just being their child's time. maybe the turn to their god for comfort. for direction on how to deal with things. the point is, their faith is a coping mechanism. it brings them comfort so they can function and carry on with their lives. that isn't destructive to me at all. now if they were using their god and saying that their god's word says that homosexuality is an abomination, than yeah, i agree with you.

religion can be an awful thing, but there are many good things about it too. not everything is black and white and you can't tell me otherwise.
bamboobanga2 23rd-Aug-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Lol ok
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