Jun. 22nd, 2005 03:37 am

Free Zach!

jackola: (jack - glazed)
I recently posted tihs paragraph:
A 16 year old myspace user stumbled across an email in his parents inbox that explains the rules for an x-gay camp they planned to send him to. The "inmates" aren't supposed to see these rules. See them here. By the end of the rules, you'll think he's going to a concentration camp.
He had just come out to his parents. They flipped out and signed him up for a Christian ex-gay camp. He wrote about it in an online diary entry.

Well, it's bigger than an online diary entry now. A group of people in Memphis have been protesting Love In Action, the business behind it all, ever since he entered the place. Love In Action's slogan is "Finding freedom in Jesus Christ" and features a program for kids "struggling with broken and addictive such as ...homosexuality."

The protest isn't just about the fact that they're trying to "change" him, that's not the whole thing at all. They're being protested for child abuse, based on the rules that Zach posted.

Check out part of an entry from Zach's blog:
I can't take this... noone can... not really, this kind of thing tears you apart emotionally. To introduce THIS subject... I'm not a suicidal person... really I'm not.. I think it's stupid - really. But.. I can't help it, no im not going to commit suicide, all I can think about is killing my mother and myself. It's so horrible. This is what it's doing to me... I have this horrible feeling all of the time... I wish this on no person... I'm so satisfied--happy's too strong of a word the state I'm in-- that everyone's taking the time to email and write letters in complaint to these people. I dont know if it will do anything, but if something did happen it would be -- awesome.


Love In Action's leader, John Smid, put the organization's position as such: "I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery."

The "Free Zach!" MySpace group page features links to petitions, organizations to write to, politicians to write to, news network contacts, and other links relating to the cause.

A snippet of Margaret Cho's response:
Love in Action claims to "find freedom in Christ," but they are grossly misinterpreting the Bible to serve their own warped needs. Jesus would want you to be yourself. Jesus would love you as you are. True freedom in Christ is to know that Christ resides in all of us, regardless of sexual orientation, and that we are born already free. There is no need to seek it, just to accept it.


A snippet of Planet Out's Story:
Although "reparative therapy" for homosexuality has been denounced by the mainstream psychological community as tantamount to abuse, "ex-gay" ministries offer hope to conflicted parents (usually devoutly religious and conservative) who are unwilling or unable to accept their kids' sexuality or seek traditional counseling.

Youth (and adults) who enter "ex-gay" programs may suffer from genuine self-destructive behaviors that go far beyond their struggle with same-sex attraction, said Wayne Besen, who wrote the book "Anything But Straight" about the "ex-gay" movement.
Here's an article by Southern Voice.

Watch Love In Action's press conference (which is mostly a bunch of closeted gay guys giving their opinions in the name of Jesus).

The big media needs to pick up on this. The only way they're going to is if the protests get big enough.

If there's anything that pisses me off, it's the extremist church scaring or forcing people into following their narrow-minded, self-righteous morals. Jesus would not stand for this.

I say we make this yet another story broken by the bloggers - by real people.

Spread the word.
jackola: (ally - fuck you)
http://www.loveinaction.org/

I'm sorry, but there are no RULES to love. You can't tell me who I can and can't love. Love knows no bounds.

Jesus Christ loved everyone and anyone, regardless of anything.

I want to see the religious right mold themselves after Jesus, not Hitler.


Last February I saw one of these wacko x-gays speak at Ball State. Read about it here.


Also, check this out:
A 16 year old myspace user stumbled across an email in his parents inbox that explains the rules for an x-gay camp they planned to send him to. The "inmates" aren't supposed to see these rules. See them here. By the end of the rules, you'll think he's going to a concentration camp.

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