Stephen Bennett Ministries: Stop The Words of Violence

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Dear Stephen and Irene Bennett of Straight Talk Radio and SB Ministries:

We, the undersigned, respecting your first amendment right to free speech, ask you to stop your violent message against gays, lesbians and their families. Many people are hurt and dehumanized when you call the lives of gays and lesbians destructive, call their marriages fake, and refer to gay unions as the putrid stench in gods nostrils. While your message may be well intentioned, it is misguided and misinformed.

The Indian philosopher, Mahatma Gandhi internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest once said:

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Dehumanizing speech is violence. We ask that your stop your violence against gays, lesbians, their friends and families by considering the following:

- It is our belief that your campaign to change gays and lesbians into heterosexuals uses fear tactics, lies, misrepresented facts and flawed research. It is the belief of the undersigned that you are hurting more people than you help.

- Stop claiming since you lived as a gay man for 11 years, you have been there, thus claiming you can speak for all gays and lesbians. Your experience as a gay man was filled with poor choices and self-loathing. It is not a reflection of all gays and lesbians or their personal experiences.

- Stop generalizing gays and lesbians as child predators, pedophiles, bad parents, diseased or destructive. No mainstream medical or psychological association supports your claims. No credible, peer-reviewed research exists to back up your claim and much is available to refute it.

- Stop claiming homosexuality is curable disorder. There is no mainstream medical or psychological organization which concurs with the belief that homosexuality is a disorder and all agree that any attempt to change ones sexual orientation is dangerous.

- Stop claiming that gays and lesbians have a lifestyle. Gays and lesbians have many different lifestyles and come from all walks of life. There is no one gay lifestyle and grouping us all together into your mold of destruction is inaccurate as well as insulting.

- Stop engaging in deception by omission. Your message only focuses on the poor choices of some gays and lesbians while ignoring all the well adjusted, healthy people successfully living their lives who happen to be gay or lesbian. If one were to do this with heterosexuals, the same violent message you spread about gays would become true of them.