This is far too infuriating for words so I’ll let Egalia of Tennessee Guerilla Women and others handle this. But hey, it’s all about the “love” ultra-conservative Christians have for those who are LGBT.
Memphis Gay Kid Imprisoned in Gay Brainwashing Camp: Save Zack
Mike Ditto has the story. You can read Zack’s blog here – the 16-year-old is being held against his will and hasn’t blogged since being imprisoned in the camp a few days ago.
This place is sinister. So, of course, they call it: Love in Action.
Ditto says the following is from the guy who runs the camp:
“I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery.”
We need to raise a stink about this one. It sounds like Zack will be lucky to get out of there with only psychological trauma.
Apparently protests are being held outside the Memphis camp. If you’re in the area, you might want to join them. Or better yet, find a way to break this kid out. Call the media. Save Zack.
Here are some of the camp’s rules via Mike Ditto again…
Kids in the program are not allowed to speak to anyone, not even their parents, for at least the first two days.
Kids are not allowed to go anywhere unless they are accompanied by at least two other participants, one of which has to have at least 8 weeks of prior indoctrination.
Kids are not allowed to keep a journal or a diary
Kids are not allowed to discuss what goes on in the program with anyone, not even their parents
Kids are not allowed to have contact with any family members other than parents, who also go through the program
Kids are not allowed to have any physical contact with any human being other than a hand shake or a pat on the shoulder, and only when authorized.
Kids are not allowed outside of a small geographic area within Memphis, even if accompanied by parents, without prior written authorization
Kids are not allowed to listen to any music that is not explicitly Christian (Bach and Beethoven are specifically forbidden as being non-Christian)
Kids are not permitted to enter restaurants that serve alcohol
Kids are not allowed to speak after 9:00 p.m. under any circumstance
Kids may be placed in a state of isolation where they are not allowed to communicate with one another
Remember it’s all about the “love. ” And thus, George Orwell’s room 101 is a reality thanks to these people. Hate is indeed fast becoming a “moral family value” of the far conservative Christian Rightwing. Once again, save Zack!