I couldn’t help thinking about that today when I was reading Time To Deliver, the activist blog from the 16th International AIDS conference. In particular, I was stuck by a post in which one activist relates her encounter with HIV-positive ex-gays and posts excerpts from the booklet they were handing out at the conference (and from which I borrowed the title of this post).
It’s called “He Intends Victory: Real-life stories of Christians living with AIDS” by Dan Wooding [Ugh! if only i could wash my hand in the dog poop Divine eats off the sidewalk in Pink Flamingoes! maybe that would clean it!!!].
The book is evil!!!
p.8 (Herbert Hall) – ”After I was discharged from the hospital, I went through counseling for three years and God completely changed my life,” said Herb, his face now alight with joy. “During those three years, I was completely delivered from the homosexual lifestyle…I fell in love with Pam, this wonderful woman at our church.”
p.104 (Mike Hylton) – “I acquired HIV through blood products. Herb got it through a particular action or accident. Herb and I are not innocent victims. AIDS is a product of sin, not a judgement from God. We must stop categorizing one person’s sin (e.g., homosexuality) and matching it to another’s sin (e.g., lying) and then trying to determine a level of innocence. Let God judge the sinner and the sin….Lying may or may not be as bad as homosexuality. Who’s to judge? Sin is sin!”
p.131 (Renee Austin) — Just as I could not blame God for my being HIV positive, how could I blame Tony? The issue is not whether or not he knew; the issue is I engaged in premarital sex, which is against God’s law.”
I’m not sure why it reminded me of Stenzel’s words, or my reading of them, but it did.