Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Shipping Them In From New Jersey

I heard it with my own ears, Peter Sprigg at the CRC Hate-Fest back in March, telling us that "tens of thousands" of people have given up their homosexual orientation and gone straight. Just flipped the switch from AC to DC and kept going, happily ever after. We have seen the pressure that anti-MCPS groups are putting on the school board to include teaching about "ex-gays" in the new sex-ed curriculum. It will become the biggest issue in future discussions, unless the whole thing gets tied up in court.

To hear them talk, you'd think it was a big deal or something. You oughta be running into these "ex-gay" guys just about everywhere you go, if there are so many of them. Just about everybody should know a couple of them.

Do you?

It has always seemed odd to me that you never find just a regular guy claiming to be "ex-gay." They're always promoters, they're always somebody who's pushing the idea, somebody with a stake in it. The guy on the billboard, the guy that some big organization sends on the road, or the small-time hustler like Richard Cohen, trying to milk this thing for what it's worth.

A guy I had never seen before spoke in public comments at the last school board meeting. Giving his name a Lee B. Brundidge, he said, "I am here to tell you that ex-gay people exist, and I am one of them."

I know that these Internet phone books are not perfect, but I can't find any Lee Brundidges at all in the whole state of Maryland. Several Brundidges, none start with "L", none at all in this part of the state.

I do find a Lee Brundidge at Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway, New Jersey -- a Christian church with more than 4,000 members. He leads something called "New Creation Ministries," with this description:
This ministry is aimed at helping those individuals who are struggling with homosexuality to break free from bondage and begin living the life that God has in store for them. In a loving and safe environment, this ministry seeks to teach what God says about homosexuality and help individuals understand that they do not have to continue in that lifestyle.

I also find a phone number and address for a Lee B. Brundidge -- an exact match -- in Passaic, New Jersey, about twenty five miles from Rahway.

If there are so many of these characters running around, then why do the same ones go from town to town, telling their stories? If there are tens of thousands of these guys in the US, then there must be hundreds, or at least dozens, of straight-guys-who-used-to-be-gay right here in Montgomery County -- why do you suppose they had to ship somebody in from New Jersey?

Who do you suppose paid for his trip?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good sleuthing here. It's good to expose these snakes who prey on our innocent gay teens. Ex-gay therapists use their poster boys like Christopher Delaney and Lee B. Brundidge to rake in gobs of guilt money from overwrought parents who would rather risk their childrens' wellbeing than allow them to be who they are if they are gay. And they are trying to ride under the tax radar by claiming to be religious, not medical, in nature. These quacks are playing with and endangering real gay teens' lives. We should be trying to stop this from happening, not inviting them to peddle their snake oil in our public schools.

October 04, 2005 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, Liberty Counsel took $33,000 from MCPS and CRC Garza got $3,000- maybe they paid? With the huge population of DC, MD and VA- you would think they could find a closer "ex-gay" but then again, Dr. Throckmorton with all his connections could only find 20 or so "ex-gays" to question for his "study" and then lost some of them.

See, if someone from nearby came and claimed to be "ex-gay", it would be a lot easier to find out the truth about him.

Oh, well, it's like some of the people who have come to speak against the curriculum or for traditional marriage at the BOE- someone wrote their speeches for them and they don't even know what they are saying. We have seen the kids who said things happened that don't exist in the old or new curriculum and the grandmom who spoke so glowingly about Ben Franklin's marriage(but not about all of his "relationships" with other women)


October 05, 2005 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Man hugging psychotherapist" Richard Cohen said in his BOE presentation on July 6


And, for the past 15 years, as a professional psychotherapist, I have assisted hundreds of people in transitioning from a homosexual to a heterosexual orientation. Therefore, I know personally and professionally that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.


How come the NJ guy came then???????????

October 07, 2005 11:08 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

1.I'd hardly call Cohen a professional psychotherapist-a phony,a snake oil salesman, a profiteer. 2. If he knows hundreds, how come Throckmorton could only find 20+ and some of those got "lost" later on? - of course, Throckmorton has distanced himself from Cohen from time to time- even on his own website.

October 08, 2005 10:54 AM  

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