|Does that look like 200 people to you?
According to Doug Mainwaring: 200 ex-LGBT men, women rally to show freedom they’ve found in following Jesus. Does that photo, which Mainwaring provided, include 200 people? There is a video from which I count about 40 people. According to Mainwaring:
Ex-homosexual and ex-transgender men and women from around the country descended upon the Nation’s Capital this weekend for the Second Annual ‘Freedom March’ where they proclaimed the freedom they’ve found in abandoning homosexual and transgender practices.
“Look at this! This is Amazing! They say we don’t exist!” declared author and documentary producer M.J. Nixon, a March co-founder, as many gathered for a group picture. About 200 participated this year—a threefold increase over last year.
Mary Jenna Nixon (M.J.) is still a lesbian or bisexual. Or do you accept the proposition that believing in a deity can change human sexuality? Her real motive is that she hopes to profit off of a documentary about this silliness.
It wasn’t that long ago that Mainwaring himself was admitting that he is gay. In March, 2013, Mainwaring claimed: I’m Gay and I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. Mainwaring admitted that, after ten years divorced, he rejoined his ex-gay ex-wife in a sexless marriage (“[b]ecause of my predilections, we deny our own sexual impulses”). That is freedom? Mainwaring had the balls to claim that becoming a eunuch and objecting to marriage equality had nothing to do with religion (while posting his nonsense to an ultra-conservative Catholic outlet).
Returning to Tuesday’s little “essay:”
Former transwoman Jeffrey McCall kicked off the rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument, explaining that nobody here was forced to change; “It was the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ that fell on all of us.”
One testimony after another from the racially diverse group of mostly millennials spoke about their personal conversion to Jesus and the freedom they have found from lives dominated by active homosexuality or gender dysphoria.
McCall, a serious drug addict, claimed to be gay and then trans. I can find no evidence that he ever lived as a transgender woman. McCall is unemployable. I doubt that his work history qualifies him for a job as a cashier at a bodega. Jesus Saves™ is how McCall makes a living after dabbling in some MAGA activism.
Angel Colon, who survived the Pulse Nightclub massacre Orlando, Florida where 49 died, told his harrowing conversion story which began that night three years ago.
I will spare you the conversion BS but just nine months ago he credited Zumba (dance exercise) with his recovery (he is now a Zumba instructor):
Colon said, “It was so overwhelming, but a good overwhelming because of all the love that I felt. I was still in the hospital and Gina Graziani [Zumba’s community relations specialist] visited me, and that touched me because the year before I was just working at the store as a cashier, and now [members of the Zumba community] are in my hospital room telling me how much they love me.”
Now it is Jesus. I have been there — shot point-blank in the back with a .45. We do nutty things. I still do nutty things. I do not blame colon as much as I blame those who are exploiting him.
A second Pulse Nightclub survivor, Luis Ruiz, said that like many of the people participating in the March the reason why he was there is ultimately because he had a “mother and a father that never compromised the Gospel.”
Both of Ruiz’ parents are charismatic Christian preachers. They never accepted him as a gay man in the first place.
“It wasn’t a ‘gay to straight’ thing,” said Ruiz, “It was a ‘lost to saved’ thing.”
“We were all born into sin, baby,” continued Ruiz. “Even though I might be tempted every day, I choose Jesus.”
“He’s the only man in my life,” he added. “I chose ‘Him’ over ‘him.’”
Daily temptation means that Jesus has not make him straight. The same is true for all of these people. I am trying to figure out what “freedom” they are promoting. Freedom from having sex doesn’t seem very free to me. I go back to Mainwaring who is in a sexless marriage in defense of the faith.
Some of these people are trying to make money with a version of pray-the-gay-away. The rest are just temporarily useful idiots.