posted by December 14 at 10:26 AMon
The American Taliban—they’re not just nuts, they’re dangerous.
They recently decided that U.S. Interstate 35 is mentioned in the Bible somewhere, and they’ve launched a “purity siege”. They’re staging protests outside porn shops, women’s health centers, and gay bars up and down I-35 in hopes that Jesus will return sooner. Or something. At one purity siege an openly gay man, James Stabile, was supposedly cured of his gayness. A preacher laid hands on Stabile and—poof!—he wasn’t a gay no more. It was a miracle, and Pat Robertson gushed about it on the teevee.
Well guess what? James Stabile is still gay—he’s also bi-polar and his parents are pissed off about what happened to him in the wake of his “conversion.” From the Dallas Voice:
Joseph Stabile said James left home to go out that Friday night and never returned.
Joseph said James, or ‘B.J.’ as his parents affectionately refer to him, is bipolar and had stopped taking his medication. James called a few days later and told his parents he was moving out, and that he’d be back to get his stuff. James apparently had moved in with some folks from Heartland. After that, it would be some time before James’ parents heard from him, as his church friends reportedly advised him not to contact them.
Joseph Stabile said the Heartland folks also may have advised James to throw away his medication, telling him that God would cure his bipolar disorder, too. Joseph’s parents said James has a tendency to be less than truthful, especially when he’s off his medication, and that he loves attention. They said they don’t believe he’s ever questioned his sexuality, but that the folks from Heartland manipulated and exploited him for publicity.
From (and all of this is via) Towleroad:
So the Fundies basically emotionally kidnapped Stabile, took away medication that helps him act rationally, and that’s not all. Apparently it cost James $2100 to get into the “ex-gay” program and another $150 a week while he was there. The people at Pure Life constantly told him he was going to Hell, he had to be clothed from the neck down even while sleeping. James is now home with his parents, describes his experience at “straight camp” as being “horrible” and is seeing a therapist.
Best detail in this story? Joseph Stabile, James’ dad, is the pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, the oldest church in Dallas, and he’s completely accepting of his son’s sexuality. Why is accepting homosexuality so hard for so many other Christians?