The hardline antigay Restored Hope Network, which advocates discredited gay-conversion therapies and pray-away-the-gay counseling, is taking its message that gay people are broken and damned to 20 cities in the first half of 2014.
The network’s affiliates will lobby conservative pastors, reinforce antigay parents, and gather “support” groups for people seeking to cure themselves of “sexual brokenness” and homosexual “addiction.” Meetings and conferences are scheduled in Fresno, Calif.; Springfield, Mo.; Brighton, Mich.; Dania Beach, Fla.; Miami, Fla.; Fischer, Texas; Reseda, Calif.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Austin, Texas; Sterling Heights, Mich.; O’Fallon, Ill.; San Antonio, Texas; Champaign, Ill.; Spokane, Wash.; Johnson City, N.Y.; Wichita, Kansas; Kansas City, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; and Temecula, Calif.
Conference objectives include stigmatization of same-sex couples, their parents, and their children; religious self-praise; condemnation of diverse faith perspectives; support for discriminatory laws; and ongoing silence regarding RHN leaders’ role (alleged by former leaders of Exodus International) in launching antigay pogroms in 2009 that have since swept Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia.
Also in 2014, RHN director Dan Hitz of Reconciliation Ministries will take the network’s U.S. antigay politics abroad in May to Hanoi and Manila, where RHN’s message of religious and sexual intolerance will be shared with the support of Robert Hartzell Ministries.