I posted a little while back about how a Christian campus group at Edinburgh University had offered a course called Pure, which along with teachings on sexual abstinence, apparently also states that gay sexual relationships are wrong and that gay folks can change.
After protests from students, college officials stopped the group from teaching the course on campus. Some conservative Christian leaders are crying foul stating that their freedom of speech is being violated. According to Scotsman.com,
Peter Kearney, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland, said: “This is nothing more than blind and unthinking political correctness.”
A university spokeswoman said the course was “contradictory to our equality and diversity values” and not appropriate to run on university or Students Association premises.
Loads of folks are commenting on the news report, most not listening to each other (what else is new). In response I commented,
I have mixed feelings all around. As a Christian, I like the idea of people being encouraged to wait to have sex until they find a life partner.
As a gay man, I heard all my life that to be gay was evil, dirty, sinful and that I had no part with God unless I changed.
Folks who do the condemning pick and choose over what is and is not sinful.
Not surprising, lots of heterosexuals think that homosexuality is wrong–not just the godly, spirit-filled Christians, but godless, drunken, fornicators think that homosexuality is wrong.
So it begs the question, is this forceful, over emphasis against people with same-sex attractions really something arising out of a spiritual conviction, a conviction born out of sincerely seeking the heart of God?
Or is it simply the hateful attitude of the world that has crept into the church? (much like we saw with the historic oppression of people of color by white Christians and the silencing of women by men)
These questions are really not intended for discussion but rather prayerful reflection.
I may go back and write about my experiences in the ex-gay movement. Feel free to setup a free profile and share some of your own story. Storytelling, rather than idea/opinion sharing often goes lots farther.
Perhaps this is a good time to announce that I will be in Scotland from December 3 until January 10, mostly to work on some writing and relax. But if I get a chance to share with folks about what I see as the dangers in gay reparative therapy and many ex-gay ministries, I am willing.