alantv Exodus Board Statement Sidesteps Responsibility for Uganda Genocide BillOn its blog — but not its web site — the ex-gay activist umbrella group Exodus International today released a statement which sidesteps the organization’s well-documented role in fomenting antigay genocide legislation in Uganda. The statement is signed by board members and numerous regional coordinators and “ministry” leaders.

The statement:

  • implicitly denies the existence of sexual orientation, referring only to behavior.
  • falsely states that Exodus has not supported legislation depriving others of “life and dignity,” despite the organization’s prior support for Uganda’s March 2009 pro-genocide conference and years of official organizational support for legislation that separates LGBT parents from their children and that fosters discrimination and ostracism against LGBT workers, renters, and youths.
  • conspicuously omits “liberty” and “the pursuit of happiness” from the “life and dignity” that it claims to uphold.
  • fails to hold president Alan Chambers and board member Don Schmierer accountable for their negligent and reckless affirmation of the March 2009 conference and subsequent disregard for human life in Uganda
  • is one year late — an official statement was sought by human-rights advocates and ex-gay watchdogs a full year ago, when such a statement could have prevented Uganda’s ensuing genocide campaign.
  • is likely to be ignored by the organization’s partners in Uganda — and by Exodus Global Alliance –because it is a year late and written under extreme public pressure.
  • sidesteps the only truly literal “conservative” interpretation of the Bible regarding homosexuality — an interpretation which requires LGBT people to be stoned to death by the self-righteous. There are NO Bible verses which support Exodus and NARTH’s discredited variations of reparative therapy, nor any verses calling for Exodus-style discrimination and deception, though some verses may be liberally and non-literally interpreted as an affirmation of same-sex orientation.
  • fails to affirm any human rights whatsoever — it opposes antigay genocide solely because genocide prevents churches from evangelizing those who are slaughtered. To Exodus, human lives are just pawns in a chess game, or ticks on a scorecard.
  • falsely and piously claims that signers have sole ownership of unspecified “transformation” — a deliberate insinuation that said signers have been “cured” of their sexual orientation.
  • falsely characterizes Christianity as a right-wing ideological “identity” and not a spiritual profession or practice.

The entire statement and its current list of signers is copied below.

Exodus International believes that every human life, regardless of an individual’ sexual behavior, is of inestimable worth to God and that defending this principle is foundational in offering a Christian response to any issue. As such, Exodus International has not and will not support any legislation that deprives others of life and dignity including, but not limited to, Uganda’ Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. We stand with all who are defending this basic, biblical tenet and remain committed to sharing the compassion, hope and life-giving truth and grace of Jesus Christ.

In November of 2009, several of us sent a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and First Lady Musenevi expressing our concerns regarding The Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. The legislation would render some homosexual practices crimes punishable by life imprisonment and possible death. We believe that sexual crimes against children, whether committed by someone of the same or opposite sex, are the most serious of offenses and should be punished; we consider same-sex behavior in consensual adult relationships another matter.

Since the Bible clearly states that homosexual behavior was not part of God’ creative intent for human sexual expression, the Christian church must remain a safe, compassionate and confidential place. If homosexual behavior and knowledge of such behavior is criminalized and prosecuted, as proposed in this bill, church and ministry leaders will be unable to assist hurting men, women and youth who might otherwise seek help in addressing this personal issue. The Christian church must be permitted to extend the love and compassion of Christ to all, regardless of an individual’ adherence to scripture. We believe that such legislation would make this mission a difficult, if not impossible, task to carry out.

Many of us, and those we know and work with, have personally struggled with same-sex attractions and some have lived as gay-identified individuals, but we have since found a new identity in Jesus Christ. We now live our lives to reflect the transformation that is available to those who submit their mind, will and emotions to the Lordship of Christ. We sincerely believe that such transformation cannot be achieved in an environment of government coercion where the vital support, care and compassion of the Christian community is discouraged and prosecuted. In addition, it wasn’t through coercion that Christ set us free, but through the gracious invitation He extended to us for relationship and the freedom He gave us to choose our own path.

Signer

Affiliations

Alan Chambers President Exodus International    
Rev. Bob Ragan Director Regeneration of Northern Virginia Chairman of the Board, Exodus International Exodus Membership Council
Mike Goeke Counseling Pastor Stonegate Fellowship Vice Chairman of the Board, Exodus International  
Jayson Graves, M.MFT Christian counselor & Neurotherapist      
Healing for the Soul Secretary of the Board, Exodus International      
Clark and Martha Whitten Pastor Grace Church Treasurer of the Board, Exodus International  
Jeff Winter Board Member, Exodus International Founder, One by One    
Don and Diana Schmierer Board Members, Exodus International      
Bob Stith National Strategist for Gender Issues Southern Baptist Convention Chairman of the Board, Living Hope Ministries Board Member, Exodus International
Melissa A. Ingraham, MA, NCC Mental Health Counselor Christian Counseling Center    
McKrae Game Executive Director Truth Ministry    
Dave and Diane Rasmussen Co-Directors Simon Ministries    
Tony Moore Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator Exodus International    
Tommy Corman Executive Director Love In Action International    
Jim Katsoudas Executive Director Clean Heart Ministries    
Kenny Warkentin Resource Outreach Coordinator Living Waters Central Region    
Gregory C. Wallace Executive Director Hope & New Life Ministries    
Mark Culligan Founder New Hearts Outreach    
Tammi Wilds Interim Director New Hearts Outreach    
Ryan Ortega Client Relations & Technical Support New Hearts Outreach    
Bob Jones Executive Director Fresh Word Ministries    
Ron Smith Director New Hope Ministries    
Russell Willingham Executive Director New Creation Ministries    
Mike Levenhagen Director Reclamation Resource Center    
Richard Holloman Executive Director The Sight Ministry    
Billie Jimenez Florida Regional Coordinator Exodus International    
Judy Williams Co-director In His Time Ministry    
Sonia Balcer Director Safe Passage    
Warren Lamb, Th.M. Pastor, Truth In Love Fellowship Director, Vancouver Bible Institute    
Stephen Black Director First Stone Ministries Exodus Membership Council  
Jim Venice Executive Director Pure Heart Ministries    
Jerry Armelli Director Prodigal Ministries    
Michael R. Newman Executive Director Christian Coalition for Reconciliation    
Allen Hildreth Director Walking in Freedom Ministries    
Lewis E. Palmer & Carol A. Palmer Director and Co-Director Love and Grace Ministry    
Jim Duran Lead Pastor The River Community    
Joe Dallas Genesis Biblical Counseling Tustin, CA    
Dean Greer National Coordinator, Living Waters USA Desert Stream Ministries    
Patrick Kennedy Pure Heart Ministries      
Jason Thompson Executive Director Portland Fellowship    
Katherine M. Allen Founder/Executive Director Sought Out, Inc.    
Nancy K. Stanfield Brown Exodus Regional Co-ordinator -Texas Region Life+Guard Ministries Office Manager    
Randy Thomas Executive Vice President Exodus International    
Paula Mcnabb Director of Business and Public Affairs Exodus International    
David Fountain Senior Director of Communications and Events Exodus International    
Leslie Chambers Director of Ministry Events Exodus International    
Chris Stump Director of Exodus Books Exodus International    
Jeff Buchanan Director of Church Association Exodus International    
Angela Buchanan Director of Communications Exodus International    
Kristin Tremba Director of One By One Exodus International    
Karen Booth Director of Transforming Congregations Exodus International    
Dr. Marc Dillworth Director of the Professional Counselor Network Exodus International    
Terri Brown Director of Exodus Membership Exodus International    
Karen Eaglin Director of Equipping Events Exodus International    
Paul Webster Director of Ministry Advancement Exodus International    
Yvette Schneider Director of Women’ Ministry Exodus International    
Amber Russelburg Exodus International      
Melissa Condrey Exodus International