The Times Online (UK) reports that university students using the on-line community utility Facebook have launched a protest against an “ex-gay” course that a Christian student group out of Edinburgh, Scotland hosted.
The article mostly talks about how resources like Facebook help to galvanize student protests, but what stands out to me is this under the radar ex-gay ministry that plans to spread throughout the UK.
The controversy surrounding the course called Pure, began after pilot courses were held at Edinburgh University. The pilot was deemed a success and the Edinburgh University Student newspaper printed details of the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship plans to roll out the courses across Britain.
The course recommends literature that has been labeled homophobic and suggests students “Say farewell – itÂs a No Go!” to homosexual relationships.
What Some of You Were by Christopher Keane is one of the texts recommended by the course. It tells the stories of “ex-gays” who have rejected the temptations of homosexuality in accordance with Christianity. It cites the case of Christopher, a “reformed homosexual”, who says: “I shudder to think what may have happened to me if I had gone to a counsellor (or to a church) who had not upheld the Scriptures and had affirmed me in my homosexuality. If that had happened I may well have been dead from AIDS now.”
Like the Love in Action protests over a year ago, a group a students have taken the initiative to counter the lies of an ex-gay program and the very possible harm they can cause to young people.