As you recall, I posted last week about a gay exorcism, and I suggested that other believers who do not share that belief still enable it. Some folks disagreed, and that’s fine. It’s an interesting conversation to have. I did not expect my point to be proven so literally.
“Where is the tolerance for a church who tried to help a young man who freely asked for help to overcome homosexual temptations?” asked Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. “No church deserves to be maligned for trying to help a troubled teen who asked for prayer.”
Do you see where this is going? It doesn’t matter if the event was psychologically and physically traumatic, it was “voluntary” and it’s what they believe, so let them be! The church is the victim in this situation! Surely, no one at the church influenced him to seek that kind of “help.” In fact, kudos to them for following the Bible:
The church holds to the historic, biblical view that homosexual behavior is unnatural and sinful.
See, it’s no big whoop! Hey “Dr.” Cass, why don’t you play things down just a bit more?!
“White homosexual activists who demand tolerance for their sexual sin have no right to defame black Christians for practicing their Constitutional religious liberty,” said Cass. “As far as we know, this young man went to church on his own prerogative and left the church physically unharmed.”
Right, because seizing and vomiting is totally normal healthy behavior. He was pretty chill about the whole thing, I’m sure. (Care to watch it again? Too bad, it’s been pulled from YouTube. UPDATE: An active version can still be watched!)
Now, has anyone even mentioned race in this ordeal? There happened to be black people in the video, but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone call it a “black church,” nor somehow tie race into it. The mere fact it was a GAY EXORCISM was enough for it to be an issue. That’s quite the red herring for Cass to pull: You might think what they did is wrong, but you’re obviously a racist. What utter nonsense! Please, for someone who is supposed to protect Christians from defamation, he certainly doesn’t seem to be helping his cause.
“This church is being unjustly maligned for a spiritual practice that goes all the way back to Christ and the Apostles. The New Testament records very strange activity associated with demonic spirits. Jesus and the Apostles confronted these bizarre situations by praying for deliverance. The fact that the video may be strange or uncomfortable should not be surprising, but it is not a reason to attack people who are simply trying to help,” said Cass.
Actually, it is. “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Like I said in my prior post: to protect one belief is to protect them all. Clearly, that’s what “Dr.” Cass has as his agenda. If you don’t defend one baseless claim, you have no foot to stand on defending other baseless claims. That’s why he made sure to include another favorite anecdote of bullshit:
“People have been delivered out of homosexual lifestyles ever since the church began,” said Cass.
Beliefs are harmful. That exorcism was child abuse. Demonization of a group of people is hate. Beliefs do not excuse bigotry.
I’ve said my piece on the matter.