Can’t think of a better place to announce that the documentary I Do Exist will be no longer be available as of February 1, 2007. I am nearly out of them and I do not intend to reproduce another batch. I enjoyed every aspect of making the video, including the music and design of the DVD materials. My current work does not emphasize changing sexual orientation as much as it does achieving congruence with chosen beliefs and values (which may or may not lead to change of attractions). I think the theme of developing a valued and congruent sexual identity is an aspect of the documentary but may be overwhelmed at times by other narratives woven throughout the video. And so my incentive to incur the expense of another duplication run is not great even though I believe the documentary has enduring value.
Given the historical and documentary value of the video, the VHS and short version will continue to be available for awhile. See the FAQs for more information.
UPDATE: Since I still have stock of I Do Exist, I will continue to make it available as supplies last. I do not intend to promote or advertise it.
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To be consistent, I would say that a same-sex couple married in a Christian church would view monogamy as their ethic. Denominations are nearing schism over such issues as you probably know.
If you believe “a Christian sexual ethic limits sexual behavior to monogamous heterosexual marriage. I donâ€™t see being attracted as a sin,…” Then, do you believe in same-sex relationships being productive if the parties are allowed to marry – or if they are married (under canadian law, their church, etc..)?
It would seem to me that if they are following their faith (reconstructionist Methodist, etc..) which interprets the Bible differently under their Christian faith, then a married same-sex couple would simply have to follow the same Christian ethics regarding sexual behavior as anyone else.
How do you view this?
Sarah – I believe one must distinguish between inclinations and attractions and behaviors. I believe a Christian sexual ethic limits sexual behavior to monogamous heterosexual marriage. I don’t see being attracted as a sin, any more than being attracted to do anything that would miss the mark.
Dr. Throckmorton: do you believe that homosexuality is a sin?
To Robbi Kenney: Is it true that you once cautioned “ex-gay” ministries: “Know what you are offering. … You are NOT offering heterosexuality… [but] the power to come into celibacy.” You are often quoted as saying this.
If it is true, it sounds similar to Dr. Throckmorton announcement that his “current work does not emphasize changing sexual orientation as much as it does achieving congruence with chosen beliefs and values (which may or may not lead to change of attractions). I do not want to misquote what Robbi reportedly said years ago.
Perhaps not. However it might be a good reason to change the title. Perhaps I Still Believe Others May Exist is available.
Dr. T: “My current work does not emphasize changing sexual orientation as much as it does achieving congruence with chosen beliefs and values (which may or may not lead to change of attractions).”
Now if only EXODUS and NARTH would adopt a similar honest and realistic approach. I have enver objected to helping people live more loving, responsible, congruent and value-driven lives. That’s a worthy and “do-able” goal. And if, in the process of growing up, they discover some attractions they didn’t recognize before, that’s certainly OK with me.
Jon – Re: a publisher. I have had some contact today with an interested party. So who knows? I am not personally going to do another run but I will keep my options open.
Ck – I was aware of the statement and have it posted to the FAQs on this page. It will soon be a part of the I Do Exist website. Noe says on his site that he does not regret what he said and he still believes in change. I don’t see what Noe wrote as being a reason to retire the video.
Dr throckmorton – maybe I don’t understand the costs involved but I hate to see you do this. Could you get a publisher to do somrthing with it? Seems a shame to let this go…
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