No surprise, Love in Action called on the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a Christian legal defense organization, to help with the “ex-gay” programs current troubles with the state. Instead of admiting they might be doing something inappropriate, they’ve taken the victim role and are now suing the State of Tennessee.
This is harassment, pure and simple,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Nate Kellum. “There is no legitimate state interest here. There’s no health or safety violation, and there’s no fire code or overcrowding concern. Love in Action’s ministry has nothing to do whatsoever with mental health as defined by law, but the Department of Mental Health wants to regulate it anyway.”
I remember when in LIA we talked about the victim roles we often took as gay men. We were encouraged instead to take responsibilities for our actions, even when others wronged us. Christians often feel under fire by the world and as a result, often overlook the areas in which they have hurt others.
Using the victim role helps to garner sympathy, and in this case LIA wants to paint itself as little David with the big Goliath, in the form of the state of Tennessee, harrassing and taunting the Christian non-profit. Armed with legal aid from the ADF as well as the support and connections from the two largest Southern Baptist churches in Tennessee, LIA is not a weak little victim fighting for its life. This is the time for LIA to look at itself honestly and really question what it does and if it really provides the help its leaders promise.