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Christian Group Stops Funding Anti-gay Event

A Christian organization, Exodus International, is pulling their support of an annual event that was established to “counter the promotion of homosexual behavior.” The group’s president, Alan Chambers, told CNN that the event has become too divisive and confrontational. “All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not,” Chambers told CNN on Wednesday. The annual event, called the Day of Truth, began in 2005 as a way for conservative Christian groups to counter the Day of Silence, an event where students take “a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools,” according to a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, which runs the Day of Silence. For the past five years, the Day of Truth occurred on the same day as the Day of Silence, “to express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective,” according to a manual for this year’s event published by Exodus International. “I don’t think it’s necessary anymore,” Chambers told CNN. “We want to help the church to be respectful of all its neighbors, to help those who want help and to be compassionate toward people who may hold a different worldview from us.”

Sources:

CNN 10/6/10; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 10/7/10; Exodus International