South African ex-gay activist André Bekker has launched a new, Christian human rights organisation, “Voice of The Voiceless Advocacy” (VOTVA) to give former homosexuals and other sexual minority groups acting within biblical values, the opportunity to express themselves freely and without fear.
“Over the past few years, the politically correct, but scientifically unfounded, narrative has been created that one is born gay and cannot change. As a result, ex-gays’ voices are numb and their existence dismissed as lying.
“This untenable situation led to the establishment of Voice of The Voiceless Advocacy. It gives ex-gays a voice again. It enables us to have the prospect that we can live our values and beliefs freely and without fear,” says Bekker in an open letter to the SA public announcing the launch of VOTVA.
“Led by the Holy Spirit, VOTVA was established in line with Proverbs 31: 8 — Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless” (Today’s English Version),” he says.
Bekker told Gateway News yesterday that he had a “very good” response a call he made in August for former homosexuals to contact to join a Facebook group, Voice of the Voiceless, which he started in order to link ex-gays online.
“Our numbers are growing daily, so we welcome all ex-gays to join the organisation,” he says in his open letter.
Changes whole gay debate
Bekker says giving a voice to former homosexuals “changes the whole gay debate because it is proof that change is possible.”
He writes that the human rights upheld in the SA Bill of Rights are not only valid for gays but for people of all sexual orientations. The dignity, rights and freedoms of all sexual minority groups should be dealt with consistently but this is not the case at present, he says.
He also highlights a “self-made crisis” facing the Church where it has bowed to pressure from gay rights activists to accept practising homosexuals in leadership and ministry but denies the same rights to practising paedophiles. He says the reasoning and biblical interpretation used to accept practising homosexuals applies equally to practising paedophiles, leaving the Church and society as a whole in a thorny situation.
“That’s why an important sexual minority group like ex-gays’ voices should be taken into account in the gay debate. From experience, we can make it clear that ‘to be freed’ places the emphasis in the right place, namely the biblical distinction between sexual purity and impurity. That’s what we recommend and it will certainly help to find a solution to the current dilemma, as highlighted above,” he says.
Root of intolerance
He argues that the root of the intolerance, hatred and contempt experienced by many ex-gays is that their very existence confirms scientific findings that disprove the politically-correct view that sexual orientation is unchangeable and predetermined.
He says it is unfortunate and ironic that the persecution of ex-gays is fueled by gay rights groups and individuals who demand self-acceptance and respect for their same-sex lifestyle and marriage.
He says the voice of ex-gays offers protection and hope to society.
“We clearly see the danger to the public, including the Church, if our warnings and concerns are not heeded. Social structures will fall apart if we allow political correctness to become the absolute standard. As ex-gays, we share the same stories — stories that bring hope to the country! I trust that this writing will promote sober thinking with an open mind among all of us,” he says.
In a postscript to his letter he shares his testimony of how God set him free of his sexual attraction to pre-teen and teenage boys after he sought help from Christian organisations.
“Progressively shifts started to take place in my mind, emotional pain got healed and guilt and shame were dealt with. Big shifts took place in my identity while I found my identity more and more in Christ. In 2004 I met my wife and this year we are married for 15 years,” he shares.