The global network of radio and cable television stations controlled by a very few conservative owners allows the religious right to share information, mobilize allies, and galvanize public opinion. Nothing that progressives own or operate even compares to this global distribution platform. The religious right launched this political power base from a vast communications network–a network that had originally been set up to proclaim the message of Jesus.
Now that distribution system is a systematic conveyor of destruction in the lives of LGBT people and their families.
Soulforce has spent more than a decade confronting the leaders of denominations, Christian universities and colleges and broadcast networks who sanction and sustain hostile climates for LGBT people in their congregations, classrooms and on the air waves. We have now turned our focus on religious broadcasters who use their power and privilege to spread propaganda about LGBT people into developing nations. We are turning up the volume about the abuses being promulgated in the name of Jesus. We hope you will join us.
The following list includes a few of the actions by Soulforce volunteers and leaders that have addressed these organizations:
- 2003 – Rev. Dr. Cindi Love appeared on the second largest religious broadcasting network in the world—the Daystar Network—to counter Ann Paulk, spokesperson for Exodus International.
- 2006 – The 1000 Watt March, Vigil, and Concert, in which NYU sociologist Dr. Judith Stacey called Focus on the Family to account for taking her studies on children of same-sex couples out of context to justify their anti-LGBTQ political agenda and promotion of ex-gay therapy.
- 2007 – Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conferencecohosted with with the organization Beyond Ex-Gay, attended by 200 survivors of Ex-Gay therapy. Darlene Bogle, Michael Bussee, and Jeremy Marks, all former Exodus leaders, apologize during the conference for their involvement with the organization.
- 2008 – Soulforce visits with Pastor Bill Hybel of Willow Creek Community Church as part of its American Family Outing campaign. Alan Chambers of Exodus International later blames Soulforce for the megachurch’s cutting ties with Exodus.
- 2009 – Soulforce organizes Anti-Heterosexism Conference in West Palm Beach, FL, to protest a conference given at the same time by NARTH.
- 2010 – Soulforce Symposium: The Truth About Faith, Science, Love, and Reparative Therapy, held in Philadelphia, PA
- 2011 – Soulforce Executive Director debates at the National Religious Broadcasters Conference with Joe Dallas, former Chair of the Exodus International board and director of Genesis Ministries, an ex-gay counseling group in California. The debate concerns conservative religious broadcasters’ exporting of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric through their broadcasts in Africa.
- 2011 – Soulforce, the Human Rights Campaign, and Get Equal delivered a petition with 75,000 signatures to Lou Engle’s International House of Prayer in Kansas City. The petition asked Engle to cease and desist from his support of the “Kill the Gays Bill” in Uganda and to stop any recommendations for reparative therapy in that country.
- 2012 – Soulforce Equality Riders met with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to discuss ending the endorsement of ex-gay therapy in accordance with official church policy.
Of course there is much more we could say about religious broadcasters, if you are interested in learning more - Read this .pdf