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Sweat the GAY away!!
A Pennsylvania sports camp claims to help men control same-sex attractions through Christian fellowship, camaraderie and sweaty team sports.
Held on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Penn., Sports Camp XIV will be held this year from May 23 to May 26. The camp advertises an "exhilarating, experiential weekend for men" led by the Rev. Paul Check and the Courage Apostolate organization.
Courage Apostolate, a Catholic organization, has long worked to "help" those with same-sex attraction urges change their ways or achieve peace through a life of celibacy, according to its website. The group claims to have the endorsement of the Vatican and "operates through the partial financial support of the Archdiocese of New York."
While the Sports Camp website itself never uses the word "gay," the site's testimonials are revealing.
"This problem of same-sex attractions in my life has turned out to be such a source of blessings, including the privilege to get to know all these men," writes "Louis." "After the meeting it was clear that our crosses can be our salvation, for they can lead us to Jesus. In letting us carry our crosses, God actually draws us into deeper love."
In an emailed statement to The Huffington Post, Sport Camp XIV officials said the event "does not target young gay men with the hope of 'curing' them of their homosexuality." In addition, they said they do not allow minors, nor engage in any "advocacy" outside of "[providing] men an opportunity to practice having chaste friendships by allowing men to have fun at playing sports."
Ed Coffin, director of the Peace Advocacy Network, a Philadelphia-based social justice advocacy group, is planning a boycott of the group for the second year in a row.
Coffin told HuffPost he first became aware of the group when he was researching gay conversion therapy in Philadelphia.
While Courage tries to portray itself as "an accepting community for Catholic gay men. This could not be further from the truth," Coffin said in an email. "The purpose of this campaign against Courage is to expose what these people are doing. It's not just about the camp, but the camp certainly is part of it. Just the idea that gay men have to 'heal' some sort of 'sports wound' shows how out of touch with reality these people are."
Coffin's sentiments were echoed by others who said that the implication that gay people are bad at sports is insulting and ridiculous, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer article on the camp from May 2012.
“The idea that sports has anything to do with one’s sexuality is confusing science with stereotypes," Wayne Besen, executive director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group Truth Wins Out, said at the time.
Billy Bean, a gay former professional baseball star, agrees. The former outfielder, who went public with his sexual orientation in 1999, told The Inquirer that Sport Camp's stated ideology was "inexcusable" and "heartbreaking."
Check told local Philadelphia news site Newsworks.org that all participants in his camp are volunteers. He said that he has never heard someone regret attending the camp.
"The men who attend Sports Camp have the opportunity to have some fun," Check told Newsworks.org, "to be at ease with one another in a peaceful surrounding and to develop, I think, a little bit more a sense of confidence that they can have fun in a way that is very enjoyable: outside, outdoors, running around, working up a little bit of a sweat, I suppose."
- There better be a lot of towel dancing in that locker room.
- Didn't the Village People cover this same concept with YMCA 34 years ago?
- Why the fuck are these folks so fucking obsessed with us?
Mind your own beeze-wax asswipes.
- "A Pennsylvania sports camp claims to help men control same-sex attractions through Christian fellowship, camaraderie and sweaty team sports."
An emerging popular sport, Glory Hole Gobbling, gives our gay participants a good taste of married life.
- Perhaps they could develop a similar model for their child rapist priests?
- I call dibs on the top bunk!
- These fucking "religions" creep me out more and more everyday.
- The Archdiocese of New York sponsors a camp in Pennsylvania? Why not a camp in New York? You must demand your rights, New Yorkers!!!
- It's kind of true, cuz I notice attractive chicks when I'm all sweaty.
- Someone expose these faggots for that they are: useless closeted fucks.
- r10, can't you think of a better way to express whatever it was you were thinking?
- It won't work.
- No, R11. Trash like this needs to be exposed. The actions in Congress today remind us that useless fucks like these who perpetuate hatred need to be exposed for what they are. Kiss their asses if you like.
- Mmmmmm ... all those sweaty menz in the shower!
- [quote]Held on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Penn.,
Catholics are such assholes.
- Working out in a lovely forest glade, with fit, handsome, desperately lonely men?
What a perfect setting for a romance!
- I wonder if they work out to Richard Simmons "Sweating to the Oldies."
- I wonder how many of the guys hook-up with fellow campers once they get home? It seems like it'd be a great place to meet guys, actually.
- YEAH!Tht's the way to cure homosexuality!Engage in sweaty sports with sweaty guys!Don't forget to form a lesbiasn cheerleading team to cheer them on!Swea the GAY away?!I don't think so.It hasn't worked for Richard Simmons and he's been doinmg it for 35 years!Apologies if somebody else has said that punchline first.
- I am soooo there!
Congressman Aaron Shock, (R, ILL.)
- Why do these guys think hanging out in the locker room with sweaty, naked guys will make their same sex urges go away? If anything, it will probably do the opposite
- Really, R19, the closet cases *I* know Lurve sports for this very reason, and the wives don't even think of thing of it.
- Do they have a monitor in the locker room to make sure that no hanky-panky goes on?
- Shouldn't they include lesbians in the mix? Perhaps rubbing up against sweaty girls will turn them straight.
- [quote]A Pennsylvania sports camp claims to help men control same-sex attractions through Christian fellowship, camaraderie and sweaty team sports
Starting with.... Turkish oil wrestling!
- Didn't work for me - I play sports put I'm still a huge 'mo!
- If they're serious shouldn't they arrange a group outing to Scores or The Pink Pony where they could encourage each other in boob appreciation and learn how to love a lap dance from a lady? You've got to start somewhere if you're making the switch - communal showers with sexy young men won't help.
- [quote]The camp advertises an "exhilarating, experiential weekend for men" led by the Rev. Paul Check and the Courage Apostolate organization.
MAN-SEX ON THE LAND!
- ^ Yep, hanging out with naked guys in the locker room would certainly be "exhilarating" for these guys!
- This bullshit just begs to be infiltrated by a reporter with a hidden camera. Puhleeeeeez.
- They're much more likely to tap their troubles away than sweat the gay away.
- Bro Camp
- Why don't they just go to Jesus Camp instead?
- They tried this in New Jersey about ten years ago and I believe it turned into a major fuckfest.
- Who wants to turn straight with some Greco-Roman wrestling?!
- It was called Lionheart or something like that.
- And this one time at Sports Camp...