19 January 2011
The Catholic Diocese in Colorado Springs has a new plan for gays and lesbians seeking refuge from their homosexuality: an Alcoholics Anonymous-like program dubbed the Twelve Steps of Courage, the first of which requires participants to declare they "were powerless over homosexuality" and that their "lives had become unmanageable." As Reverend Larry Brennan tells the Gazette, "the exercise of sexuality is reserved for marriage, and that can only happen between a man and a woman." After all, the Catholic Church views homosexuality as a sin and expects those with same-sex attractions to be celibate. Call to Action, a progressive Catholic organization in Chicago, is skeptical of the program, saying it "restricts people's freedom to be the kind of person they were created to be."
The urge to "rehabilitate" gays and lesbians isn't new. Back in 2004, the Colorado Springs Independent went undercover into the "gay recovery scene" at the Denver ministry Where Grace Abounds after searching unsuccessfully for a program in the Springs, home to socially conservative evangelical institutions like Focus on the Family and New Life Church. Indeed, New Life isn't where former pastor Ted Haggard chose to recover from the gay prostitution and drugs scandal that brought him down a few years ago, but he seems to be doing just fine with his new ministry. In Ted Haggard: Scandalous, which aired Sunday on TLC, Haggard says he's now catering to "sinners" rather than the "self-righteous," adding, "I'm a broken man. I know why poor people drink. I think I know why rich people drink. I think I know why they take drugs. I know why they get to a place where they'll just have sex with anyone or anything. And that's not the best that God has" (via the Christian Post)
i don't even know what to say - if you are reading my blog then i can only assume that you think this is as ridiculous as i do. and ted haggard? what a fucking asshead.