’Ex-Gay’ Movement on the Rise in Latin America
Through his website Talk to Action, Bruce Wilson reports on research he and others do on the religious right.
He is currently tracking a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation that is spreading internationally and played a significant role in Uganda’s stridently anti-gay policies. Efforts in that African nation to pass a death penalty for being gay apparently have risen and fallen according to pressure from human rights groups and diplomats, led by U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the British government.
Wilson maintains that the rapidly rising neo-Pentecostal movements are supplanting their long-reigning precursor, the Roman Catholic Church. As they become more prevalent, they are playing more and more significant roles in any pushback against gay rights in Latin America. "Homophobia and aggressive campaigns against LGBT rights, plus ex-gay ministry approaches, are one of the signatures of the movement," Wilson said.
Within the apostolic movement "homosexuality is an abomination to God, life begins at conception and sex outside marriage is a sin," he added. He cited Brazil as "definitely the one country in Latin America to watch" because of the influence of charismatic evangelicals.