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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Beating gays for Jesus?

Admitted, the title of this post is inflammatory. But it caught your eye, no?

I first saw the blog in question several weeks ago, but without verification, I didn't want to post it. I may not be a journalist, but I try to stick to the factual. After all, I'd just be giving liberalism a bad name if I pushed sensationalism and phony stories. But thanks to this blog, I can move forward.

The state of Tennessee has begun an investigation in response to allegations of child abuse at Love in Action, a Memphis facility that advertises homosexual conversion therapy for adolescents, according to the state department of health.

K. Daniele Edwards, a spokesperson for Child Services at the Tennessee Department of Health, confirmed an investigation is underway but declined to comment on the details. She noted that she presumes the Love in Action program would require licensing by the state. . . .

"It is our spiritual conviction that sexual behavior outside of heterosexual marriage is considered wrong in the sight of God," said John Smid, the program's director, who describes himself as "ex-gay," according to a partial transcript of the news conference.

"This program is operated on the will of the guardian or parent. We will work with the minor children as long as they are not overtly distracting to their own program or the program of others," Smid added. "If it is shown that the client is overtly treatment resistant, we will work with the parent towards alternative options for their care and overall relational health."

Blogger E.J. Friedman said that he had been corresponding with Zach via e-mail since March and became alarmed when he saw that Zach had begun to write that his world was coming to an end and that his parents were isolating him.

"When I saw Zach had written in his blog, 'all I can think of is killing my mother and killing myself' I felt that clearly something needed to be said about the program," Friedman said.

Christianity doesn't have to be this way. And according to the New Testament, is isn't supposed to be this way. The scary thing is that these headcases feel like they should be proud of this sort of thing in 21st century America.