UPDATE 20 Mar. 09
Another view from, somewhere to the west! Interesting article here.
From the comments, I think they are talking about a different Christian than those who attended the conference.
I am a Ugandan who is gay. Living and working in
And I am very bitter. To hell with the hypocrites, trying to figure out how evil I am, how deserving of the ‘punishment’ they dole out to me. Harsh, isn’t it? But I am no longer minded to be ‘charitable’ to pharisaical Christians.
By Michelle A. Vu
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Mar. 13 2009 02:55 PM EDT
A sexuality counseling expert is finding fault with a recent
Uganda-based Family Life Network hosted a conference on March 5-8 in
Among the American guests was Dr. Scott Lively, president of Defend the Family International, who reportedly said he supports the government of
Lively reportedly said the main goal was to help homosexuals recover and not to punish them.
But Dr. Warren Throckmorton, director of College Counseling and associate professor of Psychology at
“It is illegal to be homosexual in
But news reports have communicated that homosexuals have been interrogated by police, beaten, and some have sought asylum outside the country, he said.
“So it is a very difficult place for those who are same-sex attracted to be open about it,” the sexuality researcher said.
Meanwhile, the American representatives from prominent U.S.-based ex-gay ministries, such as Exodus International and the International Healing Foundation, work in an environment where people can be open about their sexuality, Throckmorton pointed out.
“I think it’s inappropriate to try to transplant American concepts of ex-gay ministry into an environment where you can’t even go in and open yourself up to that kind of disclosure without some kind of risk,” he said.
In response, Exodus International said it applauds its board member Don Schmierer, who attended the Uganda conference, for his effort to convey an “alternative message that encompasses a compassionate, biblical view of homosexuality,” according to a statement by Exodus International president Alan Chambers to The Christian Post on Wednesday.
Exodus says neither Schmierer nor the ministry agrees or endorses
As for Throckmorton, he also condemns the government of
Throckmorton, who holds the traditional Christian view that homosexuality is a sin, urges local churches in
“I suspect they (