The 700 Club spotlights the journey of one exgay man, Phillip Tucker. Can a single man’s anecdotes substantiate the exgay political movement’s stereotypes about same-sex-attracted individuals?
Tucker tells the television program’s audience that his gay civil union was loveless, but does not indicate whether he made any effort to establish and maintain love in a relationship. He blames his father for both his sexual orientation and his behavior, but gives his father and family no opportunity for a rebuttal. Sidestepping his obvious struggle with low self-esteem, Tucker instead misdefines masculinity and reinforces the myth that gay men are not good at sports.
Tucker’s testimonial continues with several more omissions and denials of personal responsibility.
Tucker acknowledges some youthful anger at the false cures of the
antigay religious movement. But he conflates that movement
In glossing over the "gay gene" issue, Tucker misunderstands, and
then misrepresents, scientists studying the multiple origins of sexual
orientation. Tucker appears to view the discussion of science as a
threat to his exgay identity — a trigger that might cause
helpless victims to become homosexual.
Tucker creates a false division between gay couples and the belief
in God. Having already accused his father and science of causing his
homosexuality, he factors the death of his grandfather, a friend’s car accident, a water-heater malfunction, and his own suicide attempt in his escape from his sexual orientation.
It is only after his conversion to born-again Christianity that
Tucker welcomes the family values and the belief in a loving God that
— had he accepted responsibility for his role in fostering these
values with his gay partner and among his friends and family — he could have enjoyed all along, while remaining honest about his ongoing same-sex attraction.
Tucker now looks back and falsely describes his particular choices of behavior and philosophy as "the"
It is not until the end of the interview that The 700 Club tells us
why Tucker might be stereotyping or scapegoating gay people: He is now
an operative for Focus on the Family.
Having misdefined, caricatured and blamed sexual orientation for his
own poor judgment and romantic shortcomings, Tucker then says of the
It’s a lie. It’s probably one
of the greatest lies that Satan has done in our century. God will
fulfill you. Christ will give you everything that you need inside.
He’ll fill everything. There’s no loneliness. There’s no bitterness.
You can have that father that you never had.
is an antigay political activist who seems to suffer from lingering
bitterness. He redefines "homosexuality" and then accuses this strawman of
being a lie. His employer teaches that God most loves those who agree with its political leader, James Dobson. Ultimately, Tucker promises a too-perfect, painfree existence to those who adopt the ideology of employer Dobson and 700 Club chief Pat
(Hat tip: Aaron R., Google Alerts)