Oprah’s “Greenleaf” Tackles ‘Pray the Gay Away’ Belief

Charity and Kevin in a scene from ‘Greenleaf’ (Greenleaf/Facebook)

There has been much rancor over gay conversion therapy programs for decades, but the topic has again been hotly debated as of late with Vice President Mike Pence’s support for such programs as well as Ken Blackwell, domestic policy adviser to the Trump presidential transition team. ABC’s 20/20 revived the debate in an exposé last week, as well. Though judging by the reviews, the exposé leaned heavily in favor of those who demonize such programs. 

Rarely will you find the Hollywood left giving facts, statistics and answers on those who have found success in conversion therapy, but the season premiere of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) Greenleaf, “A House Divided,” is providing an interesting look on the issue from the point of view of a married couple who are leaders in the family church facing a tumultuous time after the revelation that the husband is attracted to men.

Charity Greenleaf (Deborah Joy Winans), the daughter of the bishop of Calvary World Ministries, was pregnant when she learned her husband Kevin Satterlee (Tye White) is gay last season and, though it caused an obvious strain, the couple still loved each other. Kevin was the one to suggest conversion therapy out of a desire to save their marriage and a genuine desire to change.

During Wednesday night’s Season 2 premiere, we see that Charity is close to delivering, and Kevin is still eager to win her back, as well as to have her join him in his conversion therapy meetings:

Kevin: Just come to one meeting.

Charity: I don’t need to. I don’t want to. I don’t know that I buy this whole “Pray the gay away.”

Kevin: That’s not what Fortitude is. If you came to one meeting, you’d see. It’s not a binary thing—either I’m this or I’m that. A lot of wives come to the meetings.

Charity: I can’t talk about this right now.

Kevin: Can’t or won’t? C, you’re having that baby Monday. We need to figure this out pretty soon.

You can see the confusion and pain on Kevin’s face after his wife rejects him for being gay but wanting to change, yet she happily walks away arm-in-arm with a gay couple. However, in a later scene after Charity has delivered her baby, Kevin is seen standing behind her while lovingly rubbing her arms. Gossip soon erupts amongst the family about whether or not they’ll get back together, with everyone eager for them to repair their marriage.

So, it will be interesting to see how Greenleaf plays this issue out as they deal with other church issues. Will they defend the right of an individual to do what he/she wants when it comes to trying to change, or will they take the alt left’s approach and demonize these therapy programs despite the success stories?

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Dawn Slusher, Newsbusters