The phrasing and intentions of the course — using "thoughtful, relevant and biblical counsel" to help girls be "unashamed" with their "true sexual identity" — has raised red flags for locals, who draw parallels between the church's programming and so-called conversion therapy, which promises to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity via prayer.
"The vast majority are filled with vulgarity, hate, and threats of all kinds. What we find incredibly odd is there is no seeking to understand what we are truly doing. Only the assumption that we are practicing some sort of conversion therapy," Schossau wrote, adding that the people attending the "Unashamed Identity Workshop" were "seeking" the church out.
"These are folks who are questioning their sexual identity or maybe they are in the gay or lesbian community and they are just not comfortable there," he wrote. "They think maybe that they don’t want to be there. And they are seeking out conversation. Again, nobody is forcing them to be there."
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