I am sorry for the pain and hurt that many of you have experienced. I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents.
In what appears to be a preemptive move, Alan Chambers has posted what he says is an expanded version of the apology he will give tomorrow night on Our America with Lisa Ling. This apology is deeper than any offered so far, and seems to indicate a man whose views are in flux, with comments like “[t]oday it is as if I’ve just woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a sinner in the hands of an angry church.”
He also laments his deception concerning his own “change” saying, “[t]here were several years that I conveniently omitted my ongoing same-sex attractions. I was afraid to share them as readily and easily as I do today. They brought me tremendous shame and I hid them in the hopes they would go away.”
We have been told that what happened during the taping of the show was quite visceral. Alan himself mentions changes they will announce on the show that will be of some importance. Could this be about drastic changes to Exodus, or the shuttering of the organization altogether?
The apology is worth reading and the show worth watching. It airs tomorrow night, June 20, at 10 EDT on the OWN network.
What do you think?