FRC Promotes “Ex-Gay” Event To Show “Love” For LGBT Children
February 16, 2012 2:44 pm ET by Carlos Maza
In the February 15 edition of its “Washington Update,” the Family Research Council (FRC) demonstrated its idea of how to “love” gay people: try to cure them of their homosexuality!
In its update, FRC promoted a “Family First Retreat” hosted by the “ex-gay” group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), telling supporters that the retreat would teach them “how to express your continuing love and care” of gay friends and family members “without affirming conduct that you sincerely believe is harmful”:
How Do I Love My "Gay" Friends?
Do you have a family member, friend, or other loved one who identifies as "gay" or "transgendered?" Do you struggle to know how to express your continuing love and care without affirming conduct that you sincerely believe is harmful? Is your loved one unhappy with his or her lifestyle, but uncertain of whether change is possible or where to turn for help? If so, you may want to attend the "Family First Retreat" being held by PFOX--Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays. The keynote speaker will be Joe Dallas, who is nationally known for ministry to those seeking freedom from sexual addiction and homosexuality. FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, will also address the gathering. [emphasis added]
PFOX is notorious for promoting the widely discredited practice of “ex-gay” therapy and has attempted to alter a person’s sexual orientation through a variety of different techniques, including smacking a pillow with a tennis racket.
According to PFOX’s website, the two-day retreat is specifically aimed at targeting parents and friends of LGBT children, providing them with “educational resources” and “testimonies from former homosexuals and transgenders.”
According to the FRC “Washington Update,” FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg, who is also a board member at PFOX, is scheduled to speak at the retreat. Earlier this week, Sprigg claimed that “ex-gay is a sexual orientation, just as much as being gay is.” Last month, he announced that “zero people are ‘born gay.’ ” FRC’s report “The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality,” which Sprigg authored, is also riddled with support for “ex-gay” therapy, concluding that “change from a predominantly homosexual to a predominantly heterosexual orientation is possible.”
Despite their “ex-gay” ties, both Sprigg and PFOX President Greg Quinlan have played a role in influencing state debates over marriage equality legislation, though Sprigg at least keeps his “ex-gay” extremism to himself while testifying.