CRISIS and the N&O

Great feature piece on Mitchell Gold and “CRISIS” today in Raleigh’s News & Observer.

A self-made entrepreneur accustomed to making his way in the world, Gold recently launched an educational campaign called Faith in America to combat religion-based prejudice. The newest element of the broader campaign is a book, just published, that tells the stories of the pain people endure growing up gay.

“Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America,” includes a host of contributors. Among them is Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, who writes about trying “reparative therapy,” designed to make gay people straight, and Mel White, former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, who said he believed his brother’s death was punishment for his homosexuality.

Many Christians say the Bible is clear about homosexual sex — in the book of Leviticus, it is called an abomination. Others say that gay families are not part of God’s plan.

Full article here.

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