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Fri Jul 27, 2012, 07:31 PM

Prominent Antigay Evangelical Blogger Outed as Gay

Jonathan Merritt, the son of famous evangelist James Merritt, has become a prominent evangelical blogger, writing for, among others, USA Today and The Atlantic (where he most recently wrote about his support of Chick-fil-A). Turns out he's, as Queerty puts it, also "a deeply conflicted gay man" who just got busted for canoodling with gay blogger Azariah Southworth.

James Merrit, the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is currently the pastor at an Atlanta mega-church, had promised that his son would join the church this weekend for a special announcement, but no word on whether this was what they had planned. Southworth outed Merritt in his blog this week, so Merritt responded by admitting his "inappropriate" actions to evangelist blogger Ed Stetzer.

Joe.My.God’s Joe Jervis posted a rundown of the relationship between Merritt and Southworth that occurred in 2009. Merritt says he and Southworth began emailing and sexting each other after Merritt wrote an article saying "that Christians must love people who experience sexual brokenness." The sexting led to a meet up and "as we were saying goodbye, we had physical contact that went beyond the bounds of friendship. I was overcome with guilt, knowing I had put myself in an unwise situation. We never saw each other again and we ceased contact after a period of time."

Merritt says he saw a Christian counselor to sort through his childhood and "what I believed God wanted for me. I also began to acknowledge to myself that I have sin in my past, sin for which I accept responsibility. Inappropriate texting, inappropriate actions are inappropriate no matter who the other party is. These were my decisions and no one else’s. It’s from my brokenness, that I feel I can now be transparent, honest, and authentic about these accusations. Those close to me know I have actually been planning to share the story of my brokenness for some time. Because it is part of my spiritual journey. And because it underscores the power of the Gospel to transform lives.”

http://www.advocate.com/society/coming-out/2012/07/27/prominent-antigay-evangelical-blogger-outed-gay

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cleanhippie Jul 2012 OP
2ndAmForComputers Jul 2012 #1
backscatter712 Jul 2012 #2
tiny elvis Jul 2012 #3
AlbertCat Jul 2012 #4
LARED Jul 2012 #5
cleanhippie Jul 2012 #6
LARED Jul 2012 #7
cleanhippie Jul 2012 #8
LARED Jul 2012 #9
cleanhippie Jul 2012 #10
2ndAmForComputers Jul 2012 #12
trotsky Jul 2012 #11
LARED Jul 2012 #13
cleanhippie Jul 2012 #14
LARED Jul 2012 #15
lindysalsagal Jul 2012 #16

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 10:45 PM

1. If I reply with "Why am I not surprised?" will it be alerted as "bigotry?"

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 01:41 AM

2. Can I call him the GLBT equivalent of Uncle Ruckus?

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 08:37 AM

3. what might be an objective word for brokenness?

all the king's men couldn't make humpty dumpty's brokenness not be
how awkward
why is he still talking?
time for quiet, quiet reflection

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:34 PM

4. he saw a Christian counselor to sort through his childhood

 

Good grief!

"what I believed God wanted for me."

What if what you BELIEVE god wants for you isn't what god actually wants for you?

How do these people get thru the day, with all this god stuff? Oh.... they forget about it while sexting.....

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 06:52 AM

5. Merritt maintains that he's not gay.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/evangelical-author-jonathan-merritt-reveals-he-had-homosexual-encounter/2012/07/26/gJQAg2uECX_story.html

Merritt said in the interview that he had plans to reveal his past, but the blogger prompted him to disclose it sooner. He also said that he does not consider himself gay.

“I don’t identify as ‘gay’ because I believe there can be a difference between what one experiences and the life that God offers,” Merritt said in the interview posted Thursday (July 26).

Merritt also told Stetzer that an older man who lived in his neighborhood sexually abused him when he was a child.

“The experience was followed with a tidal wave of shame and guilt so great that I never told anyone for many years,” Merritt said.





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Response to LARED (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 12:01 PM

6. That's the cognitive dissonance at work.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #6)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 02:29 PM

7. I see you are exercising

 

your "other ways of knowing" again.

Have a wonderful day.

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Response to LARED (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 03:52 PM

8. Umm, I wasn't talking about you. The guy in the story.

He is exhibiting the classic signs of cognitive dissonance. Not sure why you need to be so disagreeable on this.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 05:41 PM

9. I'm not being diagreeable at all

 

Perhaps I misunderstood how you meant he was displaying cognitive dissonance.

You seemed to say that him saying he was not gay is a display of cognitive dissonance as he really is gay. While that may be true. I cannot discern if he is gay or not.

Again have a wonderful day.

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Response to LARED (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 06:16 PM

10. You have a nice day too.

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Response to LARED (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 01:19 PM

12. I second cleanhippie's wishes.

With extra niceness on top.

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Response to LARED (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:48 AM

11. Naw, he's not gay, he's just sexually attracted to men.

I'm sure he thinks his religion will "cure" him.

It's sad people can't just be who they are. I also don't like how he plays into the false narrative that being sexually abused as a child somehow causes same-sex attraction.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 07:13 PM

13. Do you believe that someone

 

having a single homosexual experiance means the person is gay?

I'll take him at his word until proved otherwise.

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Response to LARED (Reply #13)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 07:18 PM

14. I believe he is a self-loathing hypocrite.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #14)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 07:56 PM

15. You might be right.

 

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 02:35 PM

16. This cries out for a smilie of a half-closed hand vigorously

(yes, you know where this is going)

vigorously pumping back and forth in the air....

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