Hat tip to Timothy at Ex-Gay Watch for culling through a bland article and pulling up a startling quote by Alan Chambers, the head of Exodus International, which oversees hundreds of “ex-gay” Christian ministries,
Chambers believes that “anyone who’s smart these days would focus on the young because the truth is those who influence the young influence the future.”
This is why Chambers plans to launch a nationwide campaign to educate the young, their parents, and youth workers through distributing literature on campuses, and by having three sets of conferences: one for the youth, one for their parents and youth workers, and one for pastors.
You can read more here.
Wow, if they’d got hold of me in high school, my life would have been even more FUBAR.
The fight goes on.
Targetting young people is clever and ruthless. Luckily, kids aren’t stupid, and can generally distinguish BS from what’s real pretty well. They also use the internet like no other. And as we’ve seen, the livejournal consensus was very much that LIA is evil.
I hope they won’t have much success, that said, it is still important that young people are told the facts – like GLSEN is fighting for.
Willie, I agree that young people have a good BS meter and will see through lots of this stuff, it’s the adults in their lives that concerns me, espeically parents who hold financial control over their children’s education and ministers who frighten parents into chucking their kids out onto the streets. Sadly this happens all the times in the US, and not just in the South.
I know. How that ever became the Christian thing to do I’ll never understand.