Not that we’re becoming BFFs with Exodus International, but news that president Alan Chambers is halting the group’s opposition to Day of Silence — by dropping its sponsorship of the Day of Truth, where conservative parents pull their kids out of school — is evidence the ex-gay group is finally understanding that forcing queer young people to hate themselves is not helping anyone.
“All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not,” says Chambers.
Not that he’s disavowing Exodus’ mission to convert homos to ex-homos (or, in reality, homos who simply deny God’s will). The group simply won’t support school-related efforts to demonize gays — or at least the one it created in 2005 that gets bigots riled up once a year. Though part of me suspects Exodus simply ran out of cash to continue printing Day Of Truth manuals.