Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice
Edited By Gerald Walton
INTRODUCTION "TIME IS RUNNING OUT": Lessons I Have Learned as a Recovered Fundamentalist "Ex-Gay" Christian, by Gerald Walton 1
INTRODUCTION "TIME IS RUNNING OUT": Lessons I Have Learned as a Recovered Fundamentalist "Ex-Gay" Christian Gerald Walton Run For Your Lives or the Homosexual Steamroller Will Crush You! It was 1989 when a full-page public notice appeared in the Van- couver Sun newspaper, announcing in capital letters one-and-a-half inches tall that "TIME IS RUNNING OUT." The Gay Games were scheduled to take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, the following year. The notice declared, also in capital letters, that, " ... BECAUSE THESE GAMES WILL BRING GOD'S JUDGMENT UPON US ALL IN THIS CITY, WE THEREFORE FORBID THEM IN THE NAME AND AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST. WE BELIEVE THAT THEY SHALL NOT TAKE PLACE ... " The "WE" is specified only as "Christian leaders ... who love this city and its people." As many people did at the time, you might be wondering what these Christian leaders meant by "judgment." The notice included a sentence that spelled out their exact meaning: "History provides abundant evi- dence of cities and nations destroyed by internal moral decay," of which they considered homosexuality to be one form. Putting two and two together, the claim was that Vancouver, and even Canada, would be destroyed by God if the Gay Games were to take place. Despite the dire warning, the event was held in Vancouver in August 1990. More than two decades later, Vancouver remains a growing and thriving metropolis. As a member of a fundamentalist Christian church at the time, I heard plenty of worry expressed by fellow congregants in...
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