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Task Force responds to the death of the Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy

Date: 
September 05, 2007

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 — The Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder of Coral Ridge Ministries, a $38 million-dollar-per-year cornerstone of the anti-gay industry, died today at the age of 76.

Statement by Jason Cianciotto, Senior Fellow
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute

“We express our condolences to the family, friends and all those close to the Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy, a man who claimed to be ‘proclaiming truths that transform the world.’ Unfortunately, Kennedy’s ‘truth’ included the vilification and demonization of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for more than 30 years.

“Through his advocacy of ex-gay ministries, Kennedy called for the ‘transformation’ of LGBT Americans while ignoring scientific truths about the lack of efficacy and gross mental, physical and spiritual harm caused by so-called ‘conversion therapy’ programs. He used his media empire of television and radio programs to spread lies and misinformation to support his opposition to marriage equality, hate crimes legislation and employment nondiscrimination legislation.

“Like so many religious right leaders of his generation, Kennedy’s version of religious ‘truth’ divided rather than united American families.”

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