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OPINION: Enough with the 'ex-gay,' let's talk about the 'ex-straight'

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February 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

WRITER TAKES ON NEWSPAPER COLUMN SUGGESTING THERAPY TO BE 'EX-GAY'

Dear Editor,

The Kamloops Penny Saver (Kamloops This Week) published a column on Feb. 4, 2016 on it's Faith page by known religious-zealot-homo-focused-former-teacher-bus-driver Chris Kempling titled “And Such Were Some Of You...” which was basically about who famous people have sex with.

Kempling jumps around the Bible, picking some tidbits of information from the Old and New Testament to get to his point that people choose their sexuality. How does he attempt to prove that people choose their sexuality? Because a gay guy who can write songs is now married and has nine kids, and Anne Heche used Ellen Degeneres to try and advance her career.

I wish people like Kempling would just stop with their fascination with homosexuals, and who and how we have sex. I get that people should be able to express themselves, but there are far more interesting subjects to discuss which, more than how many children an “ex-gay” man has, will really make you scratch your head.

It's the concept of “ex-straight.”

Take a look at some of the more famous ex-straight people in the world. A man like George Rekers, a psychologist, minister, co-founder of the Family Research Council and scientific advisor to the North Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH.) In 2010, Mr Rekers was photographed with a male prostitute from the rentboy website returning from a trip to Europe. When questioned about the incident Mr Rekers stated he needed a travel companion to help with luggage, even though he was seen photographed picking up a suitcase, and also stated he liked to “spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them.”

What did the prostitute say? That he gave him daily nude massages for his sore body, including his sore genitals.

Isn't that CRAZY!? That's far more an interesting story than someone being sexually repressed by religion.

Take a look at ex-straight pastor Ted Haggard. He was the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals and founder of the 10,000 follower strong New Life Church in Colorado. Haggard was even captured on film for a documentary called “Jesus Camp” quite plainly condemning homosexuality. In 2006, it came to light that Mr Haggard was engaged in a meth-fueled sexual relationship with a gay prostitute. He later admitted to masturbating infront of a 20-year-old male church member. To quote Grant Haas “...he grabbed a bottle of lotion and started masturbating.” Haas also said that Haggard told him that even men of God can have a little fun on the side.

Isn't that WILD?! Far far more interesting than promoting shaming and pressuring individuals to conform to archaic stereotypes and gender roles.

I also wish that people like Kempling would discuss more serious issues raised in the Bible. Sins we're all guilty of on a daily basis. Did you know that there are more damning statements about lending money for profit in the old and new testament that any discussion about homosexuality.

In fact, Ezekiel 18:13 says “He lends at interest and takes a profit. Will such a man live? He will not. Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.”

Pretty scary stuff eh? There goes our entire economic system. I wonder if the person who borrows the money should also be put to death? I mean, like when a man layeth with a man as a woman (Lev 18:22,) both parties go into it with their eyes open so shouldn’t everyone who is reading this with a mortgage, credit card or student loan be put to death?
Even Jesus spoke out against usury more than homosexuality. That's because Jesus NEVER spoke about homosexuality. It was the apostle Paul who, only after he cut the schmuck (foreskin) off of Timothy’s teenaged schmekel (penis) (Acts 16:3) said people didn’t need to be circumcised (Galatians 5:2) who spoke out against the gays (Corinthians 6:9-10).

The most annoying part of Kempling's unlettered rant was where he said that “some people aren’t happy with their sexuality.”

Yeah Chris... for a long time a lot of people hid that they were of mixed race on account of the ignorance which is rampant in society. My great grandmother went to her grave saying she was Dutch because people hated Germans after WW1.

Gay kids are 14 times more likely to kill themselves than kids who are not gay and people in society who support and promote the continued shaming, abandoning and pressuring of people to conform, need to give their heads a serious shaking.

Albert Camus said that it’s the responsibility of the thinking person to not be on the side of the executioners and the same concept applies here.

If Chris Kempling lined up the gays and prostitutes, like the ones I mentioned above for a good old bronze age stoning on one side of the street, which side of the street do you think his Lord and Saviour would be standing?

That's what I thought.

Joey Jack

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