While he was still a Chaplain in the Navy, ordained Pentecostal Minister Gordon Klingenschmitt claims he “exorcised” the “sin” of homosexuality from many gay and lesbian service members. Klingenschmitt tells David Pakman, host of the David Pakman Show, and guest Wayne Besen, that while he does not consider homosexuality the greatest sin there is, it is akin to alcoholism or other personal “failings.”
Klingenschmitt, who now is a part of the Pray in Jesus Name Project, offers as proof of his work the fact that a lesbian he “exorcised” began to date men. He says he is able to “command the devil to depart” from gay men and lesbian women.
Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, and a long-time LGBT activist, disputes Klingenschmitt’s work. Besen should know — he has interviewed hundreds of so-called “ex-gay” people and is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Besen says he is the person the victims of Klingenschmitt’s “work” come to once they realize they have been not helped, but harmed by “ex-gay therapy” and “exorcisms.”
Klingenschmitt, who supports parents who put their children — as young as age three — through “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, claims there is a “removal of sins,” and “hope and healing,” from reparative therapy.
Klingenschmitt then cites the “scientific studies” of Robert Spitzer, to which Besen understandably laughs — Spitzer denounced his own studies that the right has been using to “prove” that people can change their orientation. Besen recently went to Spitzer’s home and interviewed him. Spitzer, Besen days, told him to tell others to stop using his study.
Klingenschmitt cites the founder of NARTH as yet another “expert.” These people are relentless — and their “work” is either fraudulent, flawed, or has been debunked.
Big surprise – Klingenschmitt then quotes Mark Regnerus, whose flawed “study” The New Civil Rights Movement has been dissecting for weeks.
Klingenschmitt’s bottom line: “Most often, they just come to faith through Jesus Christ.”
Back in February, Klingenschmitt had this response to the news that a federal court once again found Prop 8 unconstitutional:
The liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced today that the Founding Fathers wrote homosexual ‘marriage’ rights into the U.S. Constitution, and overturned California’s Proposition 8 traditional marriage law, which had twice been passed by voters. The Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves, since all of them believed sodomy was a crime, and certainly not a Constitutional right.
When will these shelters, hucksters, and agents of harm and hate be taken out of the reach of those too vulnerable or too young to defend themselves?
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