Anatomy of A Gay Outing or Southern Baptists Gone Wild

Recently married, I join award-winning Zack Ford for an intimate conversation about the outing of people who use the closet to hold anti-gay positions, an extension of a conversation from way back in Episode 3. The conversation focuses on a very specific outing, that of Jonathan Merritt, an evangelical writer who takes mixed positions on LGBT issues and who most recently defended Chick-fil-A despite its anti-gay positions and donations. Blogger Azariah Southworth responded by outing Merritt as gay, and he joins us on the show to discuss that decision. We discuss outing, religious narratives about LGBT issues, the “ex-gay defense,” and more.

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

Zack’s background on the Chick-fil-A controversy:
» Memo To The Media: Chick-fil-A Condemns, Discriminates, And Campaigns Against LGBT People
» The Chick-fil-A Controversy Is About Religious Bullying, Not Chicken Sandwiches
» Chick-fil-A And The Conservative Appropriation Of Christianity As An Anti-Gay Wedge
» Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Round-Up: Intolerance On Display

» Jonathan Merritt: In Defense of Eating At Chick-fil-A.

Azariah Speaks:
» Jonathan Merritt: Come Out
» Why I Outed Jonathan Merritt

Ed Stetzer: Jonathan Merritt Shares His Story

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  1. Mark on August 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply

    I was taught as a child by my parents never to make excuses because I am what I am. Sexuality is a complex matter. There are plenty of gay people who were never molested. What gives Mr Merritt the excuse?

  2. James on August 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply

    An interesting discussion on a delicate matter.

    Azaraiah is open that, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have done things differently.

    I read another of his blog posts where he notes
    “I always have had plenty of zeal but little wisdom.” ….
    Perhaps we have all been in that place at one time or another.

    Jonathan’s interview since the outing, where he talks in terms of being broken, makes it very clear that he is barely out to himself yet, and certainly very far from labelling himself as gay. I’m assuming (as a non-American) that isn’t much of an option for a Southern Baptist?

    My spirit sinks at the thought of him having to endure the mental conflicts and confusion of forcing himself through the ex-gay rigmarole. (As one commenter put it ,”doing a Ted Haggard”.) Nevertheless, if it hadn’t been this occasion, it would have been some other event in the future that finally made Jonathan stop to reassess – but perhaps in a less public way.

    I hope that Jonathan manages to free his mind enough to consider all the viewpoints, and not just the ones that his minders restrict him to. Maybe GCN might be the place for someone of his evangelical disposition to browse incognito and find some spiritual peace. Let’s hope that for Jonathan “it does get better”.

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