Over at Warren Throckmorton’s web site, Karen Booth of Transforming Congregations asked:

Other than shutting up and going away, what exactly do you want folk involved in the ex-gay movement to say and do?

My response (slightly edited):

1. Refrain from marketing treatments where there have been no scientifically rigorous outcome studies to determine either the actual efficacy or harm of “reparative” treatments. In other words, first do no harm.

2. Refrain from excusing and defending discrimination, harassment, unequal punishment for violent hate crimes, and a seemingly endless array of strawman arguments. In other words, love your enemy. Do unto your neighbor.

3. Refrain from shallow buffet-style “ministry” which ignores the Bible except for cherry-picked verses that serve one’s own partisan political agenda. In other words: Do not use the Lord’s name in vain.

4. Engage in ministry that is rooted in hospitality, charity, sharing, grace, and humility. Don’t behave like the Pharisees, who called attention and power to themselves at others’ expense.

5. Promote all life and all of God’s creation — reject greedy favoritism for selected nations, denominations, political parties, and social groups. Be a good shepherd, an effective steward of what God has given us.

6. Refrain from supporting, lobbying for, or partnering with organizations that seek to otherwise use ex-gays to pass legislation against same-sex-attracted persons.

7. Refrain from accepting minors placed into ex-gay programs against their will or through coercion.

8. Refrain from ex-gay identity politics. That is idolatry.

9. Never claim to speak for God. That is blasphemy.

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