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RE: [ExExGayMinistry] Exodus International

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  • Mike Airhart
    Throckmorton is telling a half-truth. The question of Gary Cooper s role is subjective: What qualifies as a co-founder? Bussee and Cooper were both active
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 17, 2005
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      Throckmorton is telling a half-truth.

      The question of Gary Cooper's role is subjective: What qualifies as a
      co-founder?

      Bussee and Cooper were both active ministry leaders at one of the first
      exgay ministries, called Exit, at Melodyland Christian Center of Anaheim,
      Calif.

      Wayne Besen's book, Anything But Straight, pp. 81-89, quotes Bussee
      extensively on the formation of Exodus:

      Bussee joined Melodyland in 1974 as a volunteer hotline counselor. Two more
      struggling homosexuals, one of them Cooper, became volunteers on the
      hotline, and the three created a monthly workshop to address the hotline
      counselors' prejudices about gays being child molesters. The trio also
      started a support group and prayer line, which Bussee dubbed Ex-Gay
      Intervention Team (EXIT), which became a model for other nascent groups.
      Bussee tells Besen that he and Cooper decided in 1976 to host a conference
      of exgay groups at Melodyland; at this conference, the groups chose to form
      Exodus.

      Besen subsequently describes Bussee and Cooper as "the two Exodus
      cofounders" (overlooking the other conference attendees) and describes both
      as becoming very busy together with exgay speaking engagements around the
      nation.

      Some say Cooper was a co-organizer at the conference:
      http://www.logicjungle.com/wiki/Ex-gay
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuals_Anonymous
      but exgay activists Bob Davies and Frank Worthen attempt to minimize
      Cooper's role, saying that he was a conference volunteer driving people to
      the airport but omitting Cooper's other roles:
      http://www.bridges-across.org/ba/reading/bussee.htm

      Cooper died of AIDS in 1991, so he is not around to defend his level of
      involvement.

      ==
      Mike Airhart



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      From: alankhoo92002 [mailto:alankhoo92002@...]
      Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 3:55 PM
      To: exexgayministry@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ExExGayMinistry] Exodus International



      Just wondering what role Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper played in
      Exodus International. In "One Nation under God" DVD, commentary in
      Amazon.com, Warren Throckmorton claims that while the film introduces
      Gary Cooper and Michael Bussee as the co-founders of Exodus. This is
      not true. Cooper was a volunteer and never on the board of Exodus.
      Bussee was among those who were involved in the initial conference
      and on the first board but he was not the only member of that board.
      Three of the five ex-gay board members are still ex-gay. Wayne
      Besen's book seems to say that they were the co-founders.

      Best wishes,

      Alan





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