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NOM Ally Compares Gay-Straight Alliances To KKK, Nazi Skinhead Groups

February 21, 2013 4:51 pm ET - by Carlos Maza

One of the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) closest allies is taking aim at gay-straight alliances, arguing that students should treat the groups in the same way that they would treat the Ku Klux Klan or Nazi skinhead groups.

Robert Gagnon – a theologian with a long history of extreme anti-gay rhetoric -- has been a NOM ally since he began presenting at the organization’s annual student summer “It Takes A Family” (ITAF) conference in 2009, warning students that homosexuality is a sin akin to polygamy and incest.

Since last year, Gagnon has criticized Alan Chambers – head of the “ex-gay” group Exodus International – for suggesting that homosexuality wasn’t incompatible with Christianity.

In a February 19 post on his Facebook page, Gagnon criticized Chambers for encouraging Christian students to attend gay-straight alliance meetings in their schools “not to speak but to serve and listen and to offer to help, finding common ground.” Gagnon compared the groups to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi skinheads, writing:

GAGNON: More ridiculousness by Alan Chambers of Exodus (will it ever end?): Christian young people should respond to a "gay-straight alliance" in public school by going to such meetings "not to speak but to serve and listen and to offer to help, finding common ground." There is no "speaking the truth in love" here (Eph 4:15). So if there is a "polyamory appreciation" group or "prostitutes for Christ" group or Ku Klux Klan / Nazi Skinhead group of "women abusers advocacy society" at a public school, Christian students should go to such meetings, not speak, but serve and find common ground? How can sane evangelical Christians support any longer any organization led by Alan Chambers? The man has become as "useful" to homosexualist advocacy as naive Western leftists of the 1920s to 1950s who extolled the virtues of Leninist and Stalinist Russia were useful to these dictatorial regimes. 

Despite his comments, Gagnon is already slated to speak at NOM’s 2013 ITAF conference.


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