In the two short months since its release, Exodus Youth's DVD resource Truth & Tolerance has become one of our top-selling resources. We've recently put together this promotional video clip for YouTube. Check it out!
A Nebraska gay-rights activist who works with youth is under
unofficial investigation over a series of disturbing messages
justifying violent retribution toward those who bully gay students.
The messages have appeared on several websites owned by Brian Wyant, coordinator at the Rainbow Outreach Metro Omaha
GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Center but have changed
several times since several concerned Christians and gay-rights
advocates brought it to their attention and went public with the
material on their blogs.
The original message that caught the eye
of prominent former homosexual Alan Chambers of Exodus International
stated in all-capital letters:
"Without GSA (Gay-Straight
Alliance) access, students are forced to simply kill classmates who
taunt & bully - shooting, stabbing and poisoning are the common
forms of retribution. Far too many government officials like bullying
children to the point where retribution against classmates and faculty
is only option to redress relentless human rights
violations in many regions. Speciously-named 'pro-family' leaders are
child molesters who make money stigmatizing homosexuality to silence
The offensive statement was posted on
gaystraightalliance.org, which Chambers and others confirmed is not
connected to the official GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network) movement focused on ensuring safe schools for all students
regardless of sexual orientation.
Exodus Youth's second annual Allies, Too campaign has been announced for November 5 - 9, 2007, and we're kicking it off with a brand new website! This year, students will be able to make a much more visible impact on their campuses with new t-shirts and buttons.
The Allies, Too campaign was created to give Christian students an opportunity to voice their commitment to making their high school and college campuses safe, harassment free, and truly diverse.
You may have discovered that sometimes those who advocate "tolerance" and "diversity" are really only seeking to get their own viewpoint up on a soapbox--and silence or smear anyone who dares to disagree.
We believe that tolerance means people treat each other with respect even when they disagree, that we are willing to hear each other out, engage in dialog, and pursue a peaceful and friendly environment even when we can't get others to come over to our way of thinking.
The Allies, Too campaign is a call to set aside our agenda on the issues for a moment and stand up for the things we can all agree on: true tolerance, safety and respect. It's a chance to throw off the dishonest, unfair labels of bigotry and hatred that some people use to silence others' points of view. It's a call to your community to engage in honest reasoning and debate, not a culture war.