Is Sarah Palin a Believer in Ex-Gay Ministries?

This just came in from my friend Wayne Besen’s fabulous and vital organization Truth Wins Out, which works to stop the misinformation propogated and harm caused by organizations dedicated to using religion to convince gays to turn (or pretend to be) heterosexual (to “pray away the gay,” as Wayne says) or to embrace a life of celibacy. The Christian Wrong loves these groups because gays serve as a great bogeyman they can use when attempting to control, scare, and ultimately fleece their easily flimflammed and oh, so obedient flocks.

From personal experience as a journalist who has covered this subject extensively for years and went undercover to find out the truth of what goes on in this oh-so-secretive and dishonest world, I can tell you: Though some people involved in them are sincere and well-meaning (if grossly misguided), these organizations and ministries — and the right-wing groups that use them as fundraisers — are bad news and commit heinous acts. If Sarah Palin supports them, decent people need to know about it.

Sarah Palin as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in 1996; photo by Mat-Su / Valley Frontiersman / APTruth Wins Out expressed deep concern today after learning that Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s church appears to support so-called “ex-gay” ministries. These programs that aim to “pray away the gay” are ineffective and have harmed thousands of gay and lesbian people. TWO urged the media to ask Palin if she supports such programs and what her views are on this topic.

In a background article on Palin, Time Magazine revealed that Wasilla Bible Church, where the Palins worship, had a Sunday morning program insert advertising an upcoming Focus on the Family conference on curing homosexuality in Anchorage called Love Won Out. Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director, Wayne Besen, will be in Anchorage next week to oppose this anti-gay symposium.
“We are deeply concerned that Sarah Palin may share the extreme and medically unsound view that gay and lesbian people can and should be cured,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “We call on Palin to express her views on this issue so we have a clear idea of where she stands. We hope this is an area where she disagrees with her church.”

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