Tuesday, May 16, 2006


A support organization for former homosexuals last week criticized TV newsman John Stossel for saying that the idea of changing sexual orientation is a “myth.”

The president of Florida-based Exodus International reacted after Mr. Stossel, a consumer reporter and free-market advocate, criticized the group in an appearance last week on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“One of the myths is that you can change homosexuality,” Mr. Stossel told host Bill O’Reilly.

Promoting his new book “Myths, Lies & Downright Stupidity,” Mr. Stossel said: “There are these groups like Exodus International that says, ‘We can fix you. If you just pray, if you turn your life over to Jesus, we can make you straight.’ And I’ve talked to lots of people who supposedly were cured, and they were not.”

“John Stossel’s assertion that homosexuals cannot change is an affront to the thousands of individuals, like me, who have experienced it,” said Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International.

Mr. Chambers, who describes himself as a former homosexual, called Mr. Stossel’s remarks a “mischaracterization of our views and oversimplification of this issue.”

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