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The 'martyrdom' faction of Xstianity in the US - Oklahoman Sally Kern who thinks the gays are out to kill her or Republican candidate Governor Rick Perry's wife who thinks he's been unfairly attacked just because he's Christian - got a boost 15 October when in the dead of night a couple of bricks were thrown through a church window.
The church is the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, IL. It hosted that night a banquet and award ceremony for Scott Lively, organised by Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH).
Both AFTAH and Lively's Abiding Truth Ministries are designated as 'hate groups' by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lively was a principal proponent of Uganda's 'Kill gays' Anti-homosexuality bill and describes killing gays as “the lesser of two evils.”
The bricks were accompanied by a message on Chicago's Indymedia website which said they were thrown:
"To show that there is a consequence for hatred and homophobia in our community and to directly cause this event to be shut down. If this event is not shut down, and the homophobic day trainings do not end, the Christian liberty academy will continue to be under constant attack."The links between a 2009 conference organised by Lively in Uganda, “Exposing the Truth About Homosexuality and the Homosexual Agenda”, and the 'Kill gays' bill have been well documented by Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin and Warren Throckmorton.
Chicago-based Gay Liberation organising a protest at the award ceremony.
Throckmorton notes that a World Net Daily report of the brick throwing was accompanied by comments suggested that gays should be confined and picked off by snipers.
Lively has said he doesn't support the death penalty, instead Lively says he has advised the Ugandan government to set up national gay rehab programs.
He told WND this as well:
"My advice to the MPs regarding the law they were contemplating but had not yet drafted was to focus on rehabilitation and not punishment. I urged them to become the first government in the world to develop a state-sponsored recovery system for homosexuality on the model we have in the United States for alcoholism."However, the far Xstian right may be suffering some frustration, given, as Michelle Goldberg explains at the Daily Beast, that they are facing the End of the Ex-gay Movement? A 21 year veteran of the primary ex-gay group Exodus International, with 11 years on the board of directors, John Smid just wrote that:
"I also want to reiterate here that the transformation for the vast majority of homosexuals will not include a change of sexual orientation. Actually I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual."Says Throckmorton: "[Smid] has credibility to make that statement seem shocking."
Smid's group, Love in Action (LIA), is one of the largest and oldest ex-gay ministries in existence, founded in 1973, the same year the American Psychiatric Association decided that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.
As Lively's comments show, though, the 'change paradigm' has been strongly transferred into Africa. Only last week a Kenyan friend was telling me about how it was an annoying theme on a Kenyan FM radio show.