Discovering Who We Are
Is homosexuality a choice? There’s still a massive Christian industry insisting that it is.
That’s why I’m very excited to see the speaker coming to the University of Chicago next week: a journalist by the name of Ted Cox (atheist and straight, fyi) who infiltrated Christian gay-to-straight programs and shared his experiences.
At the core of programs like these is the belief that homosexuality is a sinful choice according to the Bible, that God’s plan for all of us is to be heterosexual, and that homosexuality is caused by factors like a lack of a father figure. The solution, therefore, consists of all kinds of odd activities designed to convert them to heterosexuality. Ted Cox notes that “rather than turning straight, the men and women that I met throughout this project dealt with a cycle of repression, backsliding into sin, then shame, guilt, and repentance.”
This event is hosted by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Chicago and co-sponsored by Queers & Associates and The Sacred Flame (a religious LGBT group on campus). It will be in Stuart 101 on Friday, March 11.
Hope you see you there!
Posted on March 4, 2011, in Humanism, Religion and tagged father figure, gay conversion, gay-straight conversion, gay-to-straight therapy, GLBT, heterosexuality, homosexuality, journalist, LGBT, psychology, repentance, repression, Sin, Ted Cox, university of chicago. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.