Exodus, aside from the title of Mr. Marley's hard-driving and best live performance number ever and a fascinating study of the emergent ancient Hebrew clans' and God's/Moses' face-to-face...is also the name of the now justly riven yet heretofore very well-funded gay-reparative religious therapy fraud.
(How's that for bathos?)
'Exodus', thirty-seven years-old and run by self-described "ex-gay", Alan Chambers, is in well-deserved disarray as Mr. Chambers has this week stated that the so-called reparative therapy his organization championed for a generation does not work.
Yet his new claim, that his science was a thoroughgoing fraud, is not what has the Christian Right apoplectic and wanting him strung up.
What does move them to stock up on feathers and tar is that Mr. Chambers also now also makes the religious claim that
Jesus welcomes to heaven good people regardless of their sexual orientation and how they love.
Nonetheless, and as Rainbowy as I know I should feel about this, I've no pity for religious charlatans such as Mr. Chambers, abusers of people and of science, just as I have none for Dr. Robert Spitzer, the psychiatrist who, with invented data, helped popularize and legitimate this medical fraud, a man whose too-late and dreadfully weak apology to the scientific community I wrote about here several weeks back.
Mr. Chambers and Dr. Spitzer have aided in the diminishing of far too many good people for pity or forgiveness.
That ancient Rabbi who understood Justice and Equality and in whose bruised name they have destroyed lives would slap them silly.
Mr. Chambers; Dr. Spitzer