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Exdous International: 40 Years of Failure

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Criticized for preaching a "cure" to homosexuality, the Christian ministry shut its doors this week after four decades of existence.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:05 am
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After announcing the closure of Exodus International this week, the organization's president Alan Chambers admitted to its failures in a discussion with HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps. Criticized for preaching a "cure" to homosexuality, the Christian ministry shut its doors this week after four decades of existence.

While maintaining that "good stories" have come out of Exodus, Chambers said that contrary to the ministry's initial mission "to be different than the religious paradigm" at the time -- "to be a safe place ... to be a place of hope and help" -- it evolved into an "institution."

"Thinking of the parable of the Prodigal Son," Chambers continued, "we failed to be the father and we became the religious, rules-oriented older brother."

Sean Sala, an ex-gay survivor who endured a damaging experience with Exodus, confronted Chambers over his approach to "repenting," telling him, "You cannot just say 'I'm sorry' and walk away from 40 years of damage."

Chambers said his work is not over despite the ministry's closing. He said his new mission is "to right wrongs and to do something good is what I have in mind."

"Moving forward, really our desire is to reduce fear, to create an opportunity for peace," he added.

By: Alexandra Schuster | Huffington Post |

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:11 am

Three videos at VISIT SITE. I hope this will mean that some will finally admit that being gay is not a disease to be cured, not something to reviled by the churches, states or society.

Alan Chambers was interviewed by Anderson Cooper last evening. He says he is deeply sorry, he is personally still attracted to the same sex, but has a happy marriage.

After nearly forty years of condemning people, is there an apology that is meaningful?

John C (75)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:09 am
Societies institutions were designed to fix what is broken within them. Education for the uneducated, medical care for the sick, prisons for the rebellious, and defiant that would tear at the fabric of society. Religious institutions so like minded people could come together to share their "faith."
When those same institutions that were created to fix what was broken in society no longer care but judge, and exclude. Then the social contract is void. Society is torn apart.

JL A (281)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:02 am
I am glad Chambers took responsibility and sought a reconciliation approach on their past harm in accordance with Jesus's commands.

divergent r (309)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:18 am
I am not homosexual but have lots of friends who are,and aren't the flaming type you see in greenwich village,although most least the ones who admit it..probably because of ministries for a cure that does not exist ,because it's not an illness.
I feel better knowing that they are finally starting to realize no one is buying it...and they are discriminatory for even having them....good news,ty Kit

divergent r (309)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:19 am
on a lighter note.....the misspelling of exodus,(I love word games)....could have been comicly written

Angelika R (143)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:28 am
Yes, so he admitted the failure but it seems to me he failed the see the real reason. "to right wrongs and to do something good is what I have in mind." sounds ok, but might turn a problem for him without realising facts.
Amazing that this institution could survive 40 yrs with that philosophy in the first place.

Joanne D (38)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:59 pm
245 comments and counting on the article in causes.
Some positive, some negative - I believe I will stand by mine.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 1:38 pm
It certainly would be interesting to have been the old ''fly on the wall'' in the meeting where this decision was finalized. How many YEARS did they collect money from believing parents, suspecting all along that they were FLEECING them?

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 1:49 pm
Thank goodness for the end of this dreadful and destructive organization. Alan Chambers along with the rest of the snake oil salesmen should make a public apology and provide any psychological support for those who suffered emotional damage as a result of the "treatment" they received. Thank you, Kit.

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:09 pm

That would be nice Bryna but how I wonder, does a public apology help those who have committed suicide? Chambers made his hollow apology. I have difficulty believing that after years of seeing these men take their life there was not at least a moment of hesitation that became a shrug. This organization was listed as a 501c3 non-profit, and yet they did charge for their services.

lee e (114)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:10 pm
These are dangerous, predatory organizations that often take advantage of those most in need of counsel -- those who have suffered the most abuse from their identity and are desperate to believe that there is a way out - because of the suffering endured - both bi's and gays are victims of further abuse, with the wish only to make their lives better, or the lives of their loved ones!

C Kaiser (6)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:06 pm
I feel bad for those who suffered from the abuse of these hateful people.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:47 pm
seems a hallow apology by Chambers. I am glad this reign of terror has ended. Being himosexual is not a disease or illness to be cast out. I really can'r understand how this went on for 40 years. I pray and hope another one does not pop up and if it does is immediately shut down. May all the tortured souls find peace now Let them forgive themselves and heal

paul m (93)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 5:45 am

How did they last 40 years ? should have closed ,,,41 years ago..

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:30 pm
Noted w/thanks for posting, Kit. I think Bill Maher did a bit on this on his Fri. show. Said something to the effect that not one gay was "cured" and in fact, this program has added more gays to the number. Meaning the staff, I guess....maybe the leader, Mr. Chambers. hmmmm....
Anyway, glad it's gone, but the fight still isn't over for equality and human rights. Next up: equal marriage rights.

Robert T (62)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 6:18 pm
This is an important post. Thanks for posting, Kit!

Sherri G (128)
Monday June 24, 2013, 1:35 am
Thank you Kit you pretty much said it all and well. Tomorrow is a big day at the Supreme Court. Let's hope they come down on the side of equality for all Americans. Inequality for any group or class of people is democracy built on sand. TY Kit Noted.
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