The Times Online and PinkNews are reporting that UK students nationwide have joined an online protest (on Facebook) against a campus based Christian course — a course which encourages gay students to suppress their homosexuality. The course, entitled Pure, is being sponsored by the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) — self-identified as a UK student Evangelical organization.
Per the PinkNews article:
The Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) launched PURE earlier this year. It is believed to be the first of its kind in Britain and follows the controversial American programme, the Silver Ring Thing, where teenagers wear a silver ring to show they intend to remain virgins until they are married. (Links added.)
…Harvard doctoral candidate Janet Rosenbaum published in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Rosenbaum found that 53 percent of adolescents in a large, federally funded (U.S.) study who said they made a virginity pledge denied doing so a year later, often after they had become sexually active.
And per The Times article:
What Some of You Were by Christopher Keane is one of the texts recommended by the course. It tells the stories of “ex-gays” who have rejected the temptations of homosexuality in accordance with Christianity. It cites the case of Christopher, a “reformed homosexual”, who says: “I shudder to think what may have happened to me if I had gone to a counsellor (or to a church) who had not upheld the Scriptures and had affirmed me in my homosexuality. If that had happened I may well have been dead from AIDS now.”
The book also comments on the characteristics of gay relationships, claiming that lifelong, quasi-marital fidelity in homosexual partnerships is a myth, contradicted by the facts. “The truth is that gay relationships are characterized more by promiscuity than by fidelity.”(Links added.)
The book What Some of You Were makes the same kind of statements we read frequently — It seems that this is all Argument Ad Nauseam. Refuted arguments regarding AIDS,the characterization of gay relationships as “characterized more by promiscuity than by fidelity” … It seems that the goal is to repeat refuted, anti-gay statements often enough that the target audience will believe the statements without question. Those kind of “facts” are called factoids.
Thank goodness the student bodies at several UK universities are organizing to refute the “Pure” messages.