“Exodus International” Exeunts

Progress, however belated and/or grudging. Per NYMag:

An organization whose name is synonymous with the “ex-gay” movement, Exodus International, will soon cease to be, after its president apologized for trying to convert gays and lesbians through prayer. The apology from Alan Chambers has been expected, after he reached out to Lisa Ling of Our America and asked for the chance to offer it formally, two years after he appeared on her show for the first time. But the announcement that Exodus was closing came as a surprise on Wednesday. The board of directors of Exodus says it plans to start a new ministry at the still-under-construction URL reducefear.org, and that local branches of Exodus could continue operating autonomously, but not under the name Exodus….

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44 replies
  1. 1

    Ta-ta, assholes. Every time I hear about one of these groups, I think of This article from The Onion.

  2. 2
    NotMax says:

    Sounds as if donations were drying up fast.

    Trio of other stories possibly of interest:

    An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced celebrated fashion house duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for avoiding taxes totalling 200 million euros ($268 million). They were also ordered by the court in Milan to pay a fine of 500,000 euros ($670,000) to Italy’s national tax agency.
    [snip]
    Although Dolce and Gabbana had originally been accused of tax evasion of around one billion euros, the court ruled that just 200 million euros of that sum was relevant.

    Four other people, including Dolce’s brother Alfonso, were given suspended jail sentences.  source

    The National Security Agency may stop collecting American citizens phone records following the massive backlash the policy received.

    The admission came on Tuesday when NSA director General Keith Alexander testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee about the government’s surveillance policies.

    Alexander said that instead of ordering the respective phone companies to continuously hand over records of all domestic and international phone calls made by their customers, the NSA is now debating whether they should just wait to ask for those records when there is a specific reason of interest.  source

    A 13-year-old New Orleans boy has been arrested on charges he murdered his 5-year-old sister with body slams, elbow punches and other moves he told investigators he had seen while watching professional wrestling on television, police said on Wednesday.  source

  3. 3
    aimai says:

    Why put the story about the 13 year old boy killing his sister up there? Its just grotesque.

  4. 4
    piratedan says:

    The GOP is supposedly going after NASA again, this time to stunt their Climate Change research.

    http://blogs.nature.com/news/2.....um=twitter

    Gotta love our GOP, not only are they gonna deny the science, just in case they’re wrong, they’re still going to screw over the rest of us because the lord will provide, because he’s already got most of us in gated compounds.

  5. 5
    Amir Khalid says:

    @NotMax:
    In the New Orleans story, the five-year-old who died is identified by name. But the name of her 13-year old brother who killed her is withheld, presumably by NOPD — even though he is already identified by his relationship to the victim.

    The media shouldn’t have published the victim’s name. And arguably, the police shouldn’t have given it out in the first place. In this situation, it has rendered futile the policy of not releasing the identity of a juvenile suspect.

  6. 6
    David Koch says:

    President Worst then Bush and Hitler strikes again

    Published: June 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON — (NYT) President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries.

    “To paraphrase Joe Biden, this is a big deal,” said Daniel F. Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, an advocacy organization. “Nothing he can do will cut greenhouse gases more.”

    Republicans criticize Mr. Obama’s climate policy as government overreach that is holding back the economy. Some Democrats, including those hawkish about climate action, also worry that tough new standards on power plants could slow job growth and raise energy costs, particularly in places like the industrial Midwest that depend on cheap power from coal.

  7. 7
    Bjacques says:

    Exodus EXITS, PURSUED BY BEAR!

  8. 8
    Aimai says:

    @Bjacques: damn. I was totally going to say that but I got distracted.

  9. 9
    RobNYNY1957 says:

    Fake latin just makes you look silly.

  10. 10
    raven says:

    Why does MSNBC run CNN commercials?

  11. 11
    raven says:

    @RobNYNY1957: Aywhatsay?

  12. 12
    Schlemizel says:

    @raven:

    Money makes the world go round.

    How’d it go yesterday?

  13. 13
    RSA says:

    Exodus International will soon cease to be

    And the waters rushed over the fleeing corporate officers. Not a single one survived.

  14. 14
    raven says:

    @Schlemizel: Pretty good, some polyps removed and wants me back in three years. That drug does linger, I had a goofy night.

    thx

  15. 15
    WereBear says:

    That’s pretty huge! May all the hideous symptoms of the Cult of Xantian be pushed back to the fringes from whence it came.

  16. 16
    Schlemizel says:

    @raven:

    Its an ordeal, though not as bad as the big C. I have it to look forward to later this year & am not excited about it. Good news though for you

  17. 17
    kindness says:

    It isn’t the end of the Pray the Gay Away though.

  18. 18
    sm*t cl*de says:

    “Exeunt” is the plural form — “exeunts” is NOT A WORD.
    Anne Laurie made me cry.

  19. 19
    Ramalama says:

    I had so much prayer in my life – it just never took. But the placebo effect worked when I was a soldier in the North Korea war. on MASH.

  20. 20
    indycat32 says:

    If the boy had killed his sister with a gun, it would have been just another tragic accident.

  21. 21
    JPL says:

    Today is Thursday. What rulings will the Supreme Court issue today?

  22. 22
    JPL says:

    whoops.. double post

  23. 23
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Bjacques: I see what you did there.

  24. 24
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @NotMax: That second article is welcome news.

  25. 25
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JPL: No guesses. I try to tune into the SCOTUSblog live blog around 9:00 a.m. CDT (Your time my vary) to see what is coming out. I have a busy morning today so I might only be able to tune in after the fireworks have started.

  26. 26
    Shortstop says:

    @JPL: wish I had time to follow live this week and next. End of June is always a hugely frantic time for me. I have petitioned the court to change its schedule and issue its rulings for my convenience, but it seems disinclined to do so. Huh.

  27. 27
    gogol's wife says:

    @raven:

    I’m glad you got through it all right, and with good news. It gets a little easier, especially the anticipation. The prep day is the worst. I’m hoping they invent a better thing to drink. They had a better one, but they had to withdraw it because people were using it for weight loss, using it contrary to instructions, and causing kidney damage.

  28. 28
    gogol's wife says:

    Mamie van Doren festival on TCM tonight, starting 8:00 with Untamed Youth, followed by Beat Generation! Don’t miss it if you love camp!

  29. 29
    Mandalay says:

    @NotMax:

    Alexander said that instead of ordering the respective phone companies to continuously hand over records of all domestic and international phone calls made by their customers, the NSA is now debating whether they should just wait to ask for those records when there is a specific reason of interest.

    That was what the NSA said on Tuesday. But this is what Mueller, head of the FBI, said yesterday….

    “…where you’re trying to prevent terrorist attacks, what you want is that information as to whether or not that number in Yemen is in contact with somebody in the United States almost instantaneously so you can prevent that attack,” he said. “You cannot wait three months, six months, a year to get that information, be able to collate it and put it together. Those are the concerns I have about an alternative way of handling this.”

    The same old fear mongering, with an absurd strawman scenario to flame the fear.

  30. 30
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mandalay: The NSA is the agency that would gather the info, no?

  31. 31
    raven says:

    @gogol’s wife: The drink really wasn’t that bad. I chilled it over night and mixed each glass with crystal light. I don’t know if the CL is what caused me to lose it but I had to go get a bottle of magnesium citrate to finish the job.

  32. 32
    Mandalay says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    The NSA is the agency that would gather the info, no?

    Yes, and I was astounded to see the DG of the NSA apparently challenging that policy in the article linked in post #2, However, that allegation was made in a British paper, and I cannot find any other source that repeats it, so I think the article is just BS.

    Since Alexander testified that the phone surveillance had thwarted 50 terrorist plots it makes no sense that he would be arguing for its dismantlement.

  33. 33
    quannlace says:

    The GOP is supposedly going after NASA again,

    Oh, at first I thought they were trying to defund the Space Shuttle. You know, something that doesn’t exist anymore, like ACORN

  34. 34
    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    @raven: I don’t think the Crystal Light would matter. I also started “losing it” about six hours before the procedure. When I called to let them know, they weren’t concerned – told me to stop drinking, and come in anyway. And I get to go back in two years. Bleh.

  35. 35
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @NotMax: The National Security Agency may stop collecting American citizens phone records following the massive backlash the policy received.

    Wow. This has been known since the Bush admin and everyone yawned then. If this really happens then all those people who think Obama should go away because he’s so “divisive” should be kissing his feet right now. It took Fear of a Black President for these yobs to get a clue that having Verizon and ATT give secretive .gov agencies all your infos might have been kind of … dumb? Insensitive? Ridiculous?

    Ugh.

  36. 36
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @David Koch: WASHINGTON — (NYT) President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries.

    W00t!

  37. 37
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Bjacques: hahaha, win.

  38. 38
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @RobNYNY1957: It’s stage terminology, not misremembered latin class. I found it amusing.

  39. 39
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Another Halocene Human: Not everyone yawned. I would not be at all surprised if a good number of the people on this blog who are concerned about it now were concerned about it then. I am sure there are exceptions though.

  40. 40
    The Red Pen says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Mamie van Doren festival on TCM tonight, starting 8:00 with Untamed Youth, followed by Beat Generation! Don’t miss it if you love camp!

    No High School Confidential? I don’t have cable.

  41. 41
    Mnemosyne says:

    I’ll give them half a point for apologizing for the harm they caused before shutting down rather than blaming the “gay mafia” for their woes.

  42. 42
    Steeplejack says:

    @The Red Pen:

    Vice Raid and Sex Kittens Go to College instead. An embarrassment of riches.

  43. 43
    gogol's wife says:

    @Steeplejack:

    And that’s “embarrassment” in more than one sense!

  44. 44
    EconWatcher says:

    I am very sorry for how many lives were ruined our antigay policies, and still are. But I still have to marvel at what’s happened with public attitudes in the last five or so years. Is there any precedent for this rapid of a change in public attitudes on a major social issue?

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