Please sign my petition.

I am passionately Christian. If you’re as conservative and Christian and heterosexual as can be, please read this. And, if you’re as liberal and atheist and gay as can be, please read this. This is something everyone should know and something we really should all agree on.

There are these things called “gay camps.” It’s like “fat camps” for gay children, except they don’t work. And they lead to emotional and psychological trauma and in cases have led children to take their own lives.

No matter what you think about the issue of homosexuality, I think we can reasonably assume you don’t want gays dead (unless you’re Westboro) or emotionally traumatized. Christians, we mustn’t, in our vigor for righteousness, forsake the wellbeing of the individual. Reparative therapy (attempts to forcibly change another’s sexual orientation) has been widely condemned in the sociological/psychological community, and (more importantly, in my opinion) is inconsistent with the character of God and the message of Christ.

Most Christians think homosexuality is wrong because it is detrimental to the individual. I agree. However, I think any number of other sins, many of which I personally struggle with, are also detrimental to the individual. But, nobody wants to send me to any camps where they plug me up to electricity or pump me with drugs to change my behavior. Why should I do it to them? Aside from being ineffective, reparative therapy is undeniably unethical.

How did Jesus treat humanity, lost in sin? With love. And love is what prevailed. Even when you’re right, you have to be right in love (“speak the truth in love”). Christians, we should not be caught dead supporting anything that treats other individuals like second-class human being. We should stand up and advocate for those who are being oppressed, as Christ does for us.

There are people, I believe, who are naturally more inclined to be tempted by homosexuality. There are people that are born without a sexuality, I believe. We must accept that everyone is not like us. Paul never married. Jesus never married. Were they homosexual? No. Were they heterosexual? No.

Simply because someone is not heterosexual like you does not mean they need to be sent to a camp and physically and/or psychologically tortured. What if they’re neither? What if they’re just themselves? Can we accept that?

Whatever your views on homosexuality, we really should find common ground in this: forced reparative therapy does not work and does harm, not good. God, when helping us, does not work how we think he would. He does not begin where we think he would. Thusly, we must turn the individuals over to God and trust him to make them whole in his own way and in his own timing. How do we bring them to God and wholeness? Love. Forced reparative therapy is not love. If there is any love in it, it is strongly misguided. Let’s take a stand against it and show the gay community that we do in fact love them.

Below is a petition I hope you’ll consider signing to protect minors from zealous parents who would like to forcibly subject their children to reparative therapy.

Thank you for reading. Please pass this along.

-Gregory Tanis

This entry was posted in Musings.

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