Ken Williams self-serving crackpot pray-away the gay book

A dose of Bethel Church bullshit.

Heritage Foundation is promoting a book by Ken Williams who is employed by Bethel Church. Bethel Church has the trappings of a cult.

According to Heritage propagandist, Virginia Allen:

As a teenager, Ken Williams walked into a Christian bookstore looking for resources to help him overcome his same-sex attraction. He found none.

Now, years later, Williams has authored “The Journey Out: How I Followed Jesus Away From Gay” to help other individuals seeking to leave homosexuality or struggling with same-sex attraction.

The “book is for those that want a way out … ,” Williams says. “I’m not speaking to the people that are content with an LGBTQ life. But there are so many that are not fulfilled with that. It doesn’t scratch the itch. And so for those that it’s like, ‘This feels impossible. I feel disconnected from God over it,’ I’m telling you, it does not have to be that way.”

Williams is attempting to sound harmless and non-threatening. I would point out the following:

  • Overall what Williams and Ms. Allen are promoting is the notion that sexual orientation is voluntary. That is untrue. Conversion therapy exists to enable the Christian Right to fight LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.
  • There exists no evidence that anyone can successfully change their sexual orientation.
  • In 2009 the American Psychological Association studied sexual orientation change efforts. It concluded that the best possible outcome was learning how to pretend to be heterosexual.
  • In the book Williams presumes to pray away gender dysphoria too. Science has determined that such efforts are extremely hazardous and lead to a lifetime of adverse mental health consequences.

“Ken Williams is a sociopath. He is part of the machinery that doles out the shame. Then he becomes the savior to ‘cure’ people of their source of shame.”

The forward to this nonsense was written by Kris Vallotton. Vallotton is the co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. It reads, in part:

The above reads like the description of a sinister conspiracy. The preface, written by williams, consists of bigoted right wing Christian talking points:

Returning to Virginia Allen and Heritage Foundation:

Williams joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to share his personal story and to explain how Christians can support those struggling with same-sex attraction.

People who “struggle” with their sexual orientation are ashamed of themselves. Usually, the source of that shame is some religious institution. The best thing that Christians can do (in the spirit of Jesus) is to accept people as they are.

On a related note, the documentary Pray Away is coming to Netflix in August:
Kristine Stolakis directed the film in her feature filmmaking debut. The doc examines the enduring harm of conversion therapy and centers on former leaders of religious anti-gay campaigns. It also focuses on survivors, who seek healing and acceptance from more than a decade of trauma.

Ken Williams is a sociopath. He is part of the machinery that doles out the shame. Then he becomes the savior to cure people of their source of shame. The pseudoscience creates a wake of misery and dysfunction.

But I tell you what. Bethel Church has tens of millions of dollars of assets. If the church funds a peer-reviewed study, published to a respected academic journal, which concludes that sexual orientation and gender identity conversion efforts are safe and effective, I’ll take back every word of this with an apology.

The purveyors of this crackpottery never study their results. They do not follow their victims over a few years. They don’t do it because they know what the result will be.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.