Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.
Exodus International is dedicated to ministering to gays and lesbians by preaching that they can have "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ." In April, Exodus spearheaded the annual "Day of Truth," in which high school students advocate for "an honest conversation about the biblical truth for sexuality." Last week, Exodus stepped away from the event.
"We believe that due to the timing of the event, Day of Truth was always perceived in an adversarial manner, and became more about policy than people. That is in conflict with the mission we have chosen to embrace as an organization," said Exodus president Allan Chambers. "We want to continue to promote dialogue and to equip Christian kids to reach out with compassion, grace and truth. We don't need to practice this once a year, but rather every day."
Exodus is returning the reigns to the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), which began the event in 2005. The event is a nationwide response to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) "Day of Silence." GLSEN's event is meant to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying and harassment in schools. Exodus stated that ADF will likely find a new organization to lead the event or stop it altogether.
Focus on the Family's Candi Cushman told CNN, "In contrast to the whole idea of 'silence,' Day of Truth has encouraged students to exercise their free speech rights and have an open dialogue while respectfully listening to others."
An ADF statement said Exodus is "free to make decisions they deem best regarding the event." However, ADF objected to GLSEN's calling the Day of Truth "inappropriate ...