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The latest documentary from Netflix, Pray away, highlights the harmful effects and abuse caused by gay conversion therapy organizations, particularly Exodus International. The Christian group was founded in 1976 and claimed that it could “heal” same-sex attraction through faith, prayer, and therapy. Exodus International was one of the largest conversion therapy networks in the country before it officially closed in 2013. So what happened
After 37 years, the Christian ministry announced its closure by publicly apologizing and admitting that it was wrong. “We’re not negating the way God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians are looking for change – and they want to be heard,” Exodus board member Tony Moore said in a statement. The group also apologized to the LGBTQ + community for “years of inappropriate judgments by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole”.
The organization was disbanded after President Alan Chambers announced that he no longer believed that homosexuality could be cured. “I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced,” he wrote in a letter posted on Exodus International’s website. “I’m sorry some of you have spent years processing the shame and guilt you felt when your attraction didn’t change.
In a follow-up interview, Chambers said he believed the group helped many Christians with same-sex attractions, including himself, but understood that the organization’s future efforts “will be heavily overshadowed by true stories of trauma and real stories of shame” . . “He added,” So we have decided that there is nothing we can do but shut this down. We can’t just change our name or our mission. ” still such groups.
Pray away is now streaming on Netflix.