Alan Chambers is the President of Exodus International, an evangelical ministry to homosexuals. A couple of weeks ago, I noted that Chambers has changed his views on the usefulness reparative therapy. In the video above, Chambers appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” to elaborate how his views have changed.
What’s striking to me on these talking head shows is how little these hosts seem to know about evangelical beliefs about homosexuality. It appears that hosts have a caricature in their mind as if evangelicals all agree that homosexuality is all nurture and no nature.
That’s the paradigm that the interviewer is working with in the video above, and it’s why he really has a hard time with Chambers. Labeling Chambers a “pray-away-the-gay leader” is a gross distortion, but that is lost on the host. Chambers doesn’t fit his stereotype, and the interviewer doesn’t know what to do with him.