Threats Stall Event for Ex-Gays
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2013 Jul 22
Organizers of a reception for ex-gays have postponed the event after homosexual activists phoned and emailed a dozen threats, WORLD reports. Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), a group formed this year to defend the rights of former homosexuals, had planned a reception later this month at the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C., to celebrate July as the first-ever Ex-Gay Pride Month. The group has rescheduled the event for September at an undisclosed location. "I don’t want this event to be one of these things that we make public and then all these extremists show up and get the press and get their 30 seconds of fame," said Chris Doyle, president and co-founder of VoV. Doyle said the Huffington Post and other liberal news sites inaccurately tied VoV to FRC, which sparked the controversy. He said he didn't usually shy away from controversy, but didn't want protesters to steal the spotlight or intimidate the guests and speakers. Doyle called it "unfortunate" that gay extremists want tolerance only for people who agree with them: "Those who preach tolerance the most afford it the least." Doyle, who is married with three children, said ex-gays are among the most discriminated against in the country, so his organization is committed to demanding equal protection. "Many people are just afraid to speak up and say this is ridiculous," he said. "People are allowed to have an opinion that’s different without being labeled a hater."