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Brilliant new film ‘Pray Away’ picks personal stories of ‘ex-ex-gays’ to expose faith-based conversion therapy as a religious sham

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Wacko religious outfits aided and abetted by maverick psychologists and therapists following the crackpot pseudo science behind so-called conversion therapy may find business a little harder to come by, thanks to a brutally honest new documentary out this week.

‘Pray Away’, by filmmaker Kristine Stolakis, is 100 minutes spent denouncing the faith-based fantasy that homosexuality is simply an aberrant behaviour that, with the right sort of approach, can be ‘cured’.

Stolakis exposes the Christian organisations in the US that actively promote the idea that, with enough prayer and psychotherapy, gay can soon become ex-gay. However, while there are those who initially fall for this nonsense, many wake up to their gullibility and denounce the whole thing, becoming, well, ex-ex-gay.

Stolakis points her lens at three such individuals – Yvette Cantu Schneider, Julie Rodgers and John Paulk – as she tracks the rise and ultimate demise of Exodus International and its archly conservative Christian founders, who, in what seemed a genuine Damascene conversion, ultimately woke up to the incredible damage they were doing to peoples’ lives and dissolved their outfit completely, before admitting they were gay themselves anyway.

However, it did take three decades for the light-bulb moment to occur.

Stolakis also shows us Jeffrey McCall, who is still so much in denial of his true self – any mug can see that – and so convinced the Lord has chosen him for greatness that he accosts unsuspecting strangers on the street to ask if they “need a prayer today”........

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