This story bothers me, and I’m typing these words in exploration of my own feelings on the situation. In a nutshell”
– Buddy is upset at his treatment of a gay friend
– Decides to pose as a gay person for a year to live in their shoes
– Learns and experiences both what the gay community lives like, to a point
– Experiences what his evangelical community’s response is
– Writes a book and presumably sells a lot of copies
When you get right down to it, he lied. He lied to the gay community, to his lesbian friend whom he was sorry he hurt, to his family, and to his evangelical community.
The last I heard, Lying was considered a sin. He has hurt the gay community, he has hurt his family, and he has hurt his evangelical community.
Yes, there are swaths of prejudice against gays that need dismantling. He was wrong, his family was wrong, and his church as a whole was wrong. But you can’t fix wrongs with wrongs. Two wrongs don’t make a right is not a simple literary cliché. It is truth. In no way do I respect Buddy for lying to everybody.
For his next experiment, I suggest sitting alone on top of a mountain for fifty years.
By Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) – Timothy Kurek’s motivation to spend a year pretending to be gay can be boiled down to a simple conviction: it takes drastic change to alter deeply held religious beliefs.
The experiment began after a lesbian friend opened up to Kurek about being excommunicated by her family. All Kurek, an avowed evangelical Christian, could think about, he says, “was trying to convert her.”
He was quickly disgusted by his own feelings, more pious than humane.
In fact, Kurek was so disgusted by his response to his friend that he decided to do something drastic. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, he would pretend to be gay for a year. The experiment began on the first day of 2009; Kurek came out to his family, got a job as a barista at a gay café and enlisted the help of a friend to act as his…
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