Troubling Times at LIA?

The Queer Action Coaltion, who keeps a steady hand on the pulse of Love in Action, wonders if recent signs point to genuine difficulties Memphis-based “ex-gay” program. They consider:

  • As has been public knowledge LIA has had two live in facilities for their adult program The Source. Over the weekend we were informed that they have been forced to shut down one of their houses due to lack of enrollment. Again, this is unconfirmed, however, if true, would mean this has happened since the infamous summer of ’05 in which the “Christ Centered Ministry” faced numerous protests, and world-wide media attention for their dealings with youth.
  • At a screening of “What Does Love In Action Look Like: The Preface” this past weekend we were informed by a source close to Dr. Stephen Rice, LIA Borad Member, that he has been heard murmuring that the devil is in the midst at Love In Action, refering to internal conflicts within the organization.
  • Sources close to us who’ve happened to be driving by LIA have noticed fewer and fewer visitors at their facilities in Memphis.

The post goes on to quote a cry for help from a recent LIA newsletter and ends with a heartfelt plea for genuine change on the part of the “ex-gay” program.

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  1. Bob Painter on December 21, 2005 at 9:10 pm

    It seems like the QAC is grasping at straws.

    I hope LiA is feeling the pinch of stubbing its nose at the law, but these comments from QAC seem nothing more than gossip. There’s no foundation for any of them.

    I think we sometimes lower ourselves to the same level as our oppressors when we find nothing better to do than discuss unsubstantiated rumors.

  2. Ann on December 22, 2005 at 9:44 pm

    I would never count Mr. Smid or LiA out. If nothing else, LiA has proven it has staying power. Contrary to outward appearances, LiA, like many ministries, lives a hand-to-mouth existence.

    Actually, I would grieve its passing should that happen. There is much there to offer the Church. I would hope for its rebirth like Jeremy Marks’ Courage where it could stand as a prophetic voice within the Church…facilitating some badly needed honest communication about the things we “can’t talk about” in Church…sexuality and relationships chief among them.

    And I would also hurt for Mr. Smid who I truly believe has a call upon his life.

  3. Changeling on December 23, 2005 at 2:38 pm

    How sad for LIA…maybe they could get all the ex-lesbians to bake a bunch of cupcakes as part of their lessons in how to be straight women, and then the ex-gay men could hawk them (because commerce outside the home really is a man’s job) at church or something. Buy a cupcake for an ex-fruitcake. Eat some cookies so these queers won’t have nookie. Try some cake so we can keep filling them with self-hate…What do you think?

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