The article profiled ex-exgay Tom Ottosen, who alleged that he heard Love In Action Director John Smid say this:
I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery.
This shocking quotation has been reprinted numerous times, perhaps most prominently in the January/February 1997 issue of the gay Christian magazine Whosoever.org. Various blogs currently covering the so-called “kidnapping” of a youth by Love In Action have repeated the quotation without stating its source.
Given the allegation’s origin in just one individual, I am skeptical that the incident occurred exactly as Ottosen claims. Nevertheless, any information substantiating or refuting Ottosen’s allegation would be most welcome.