Homophobe versus homophobe. (BTW).
You may have thought the so-called "ex-gay" movement was
about as close to the central pit of homophobia hell as you could get,
but apparently groups like Exodus and its ilk aren't homophobic
enough for Rev. Fred Phelps, the Kansas minister of "God hates
fags" fame. This was made known at a recent Kansas City, Mo.,
convention of the ex-gay group Love Won Out, which found itself the
target of a protest by Phelps's ragtag band. Even as the day's
speakers railed against the sin of sodomy and declaimed how it could be
eradicated--er, "cured"--through Christian
"therapy," Phelps's people were railing against those
inside and calling them bad Christians for trying to help homosexuals at
all. For the latter are, in fact, "irreversibly doomed,"
explained Phelps's daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, whose contempt
for the lily-livered Christians in the ex-gay movement was undisguised:
"Some of these groups that call themselves Christian are about as
Christian as Balaam's ass," she declared. Well , one has to
appreciate her little double entendre. After all, on another level there
was a certain unspoken truth behind the Phelpses' protest. They
know very well that the ex-gay movement and its "therapy" are
as phony as a three dollar bill. They were out there to shout down the
same kinds of people they shout down wherever they go: homosexuals.