In his recent appearance on Channel Fours, 4thought, Human Rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell put it best when he said; “To deny Christians the right to discriminate against others is not persecution, its protection.”
His comment came after the well publicised views of a couple refused to give a bed and breakfast to a two men because they felt it went against their religion to allow unmarried couples to share a double bed. Even when it was revealed the couple were in fact married (they had entered into a civil partnership) they were still refused. Of course this had nothing to do about marriage and everything to do with discrimination on the ground of sexuality.
Next was the couple from Derby who were denied the right to become foster parents as they said their faith would not allow them to tell a child in their ward that it was acceptable to lead a homosexual lifestyle.
When they had their application refused, they seemed to think this was an indictment on their Christian beliefs; not thinking for a moment about what the child may or may not believe.
Then, quite astonishingly, I read on face-book that Apple had given the go ahead for a new App to be launched by the group Exodus International. Apple also gave this App a 4+ rating, indicating that the App contained no objectionable content. After reading through parts of Exodus International’s website, the main thing that their site wants its followers to know is its primary concern is to; “help those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions.”
A look beyond this gloss and you’ll find people with a very different opinion, particularly that of Dr Gary Remafedi who found his words on sexuality distorted by Exodus. In a letter to Steven Jobs, he said: “(Exodus) erroneously cites my research in support of claims that homosexuality can be changed. … Associating my work with that of the ex-gay ministry and other unfounded treatments is professionally injurious and grievous”.
The programs I have seen in the past exposing organisation that declare a LGBT lifestyle is against the will of God, have each and every time mirror Dr. Remafedi concerns.
The bottom line is for many young and not so young LGBT people exploring their sexuality, the last thing you really need is an organisation telling you that how you feel inside is wrong, and that the only way to happiness is to deny those feelings.
At the time of writing this Exodus were campaigning their followers to write to Apple to have the decision of the removal of the Exodus app over turned. After reading this why not visit www.change.org and add your name to defend the right to live as a happy homosexual.
It wasn’t that long ago when women were burnt at the stake, accused of being witches under the beliefs of religious faith. Perhaps in a hundred years time the outdated views of the people I mention above will also be looked upon with disbelief.