Here in St. Louis, Love Won Out, a ministry of Focus on the Family, is coming to town. I will write more about the event later, once the protest has occurred, and the media coverage has settled. In the meantime, I wrote this in response to the vandalism of one of their "I questioned homosexuality" billboards, which are on every major interstate in the area.
"This enrages me. If there were a Pride billboard up, or a PFLAG, or an HRC, etc., which were treated in this manner, our community would rightly be outraged. Whoever did this reflects poorly upon the intentions of those of us who are trying to fight misinformation with truth.
When the idea of vandalizing the billboard came up at the meeting [protest organizing session] last week, I and a few others were upset--but hopeful that it would not be carried through. The original idea "brainstormed" was to vandalize it with a reply saying, "And the answer was yes" which is, at least, more witty than some paintball pellets. (Still illegal and pointless, however.)
This does nothing to advance the cause of equal rights, and everything to turn the conversation away from the issues.
Further, as we discussed at the meeting, the man depicted in this billboard is not the enemy. He (assuming he is a gay man who has decided to become straight-acting or ex-gay) is trying to live a life consistent with his beliefs and choices. That is exactly what we are trying to do, and while I strongly feel that people like him deserve to have their choices be educated with religious options and scientific evidence, those choices are theirs to make.
I hope that others in the community with positions to make this same statement will do so--and loudly."
We in St. Louis have come up with a few alternatives to this day-long ex-gay misinformation session. I'll share more of them later. In the meantime, what would you do if Love Won Out came to your town?