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LDS children’s book on ‘overcoming homosexuality’ finds a home on WalMart shelves

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More than 100 WalMart stores in the Intermountain West are stocking a new children’s book aimed at Mormon families to help in overcoming homosexuality.

Chased by an Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today’s Stampeding Sexuality, was authored by Janice Barrett Graham, wife of Stephen Graham, President of the anti-gay organization, Standard of Liberty — an LDS-oriented educational foundation.

Janice Graham said she wrote Chased by an Elephant to “help shed the clear light of truth on today’s dark and tangled ideas about male and female, proper gender roles, the law of chastity, and the God-given sexual appetite,” according to the book’s introduction.

“The number of our young people involved in sexual sins has greatly increased in recent years. Some of the most stalwart-seeming youth find themselves involved in pornography, fornication, promiscuity, homosexuality, and the like,” she writes.

The book, published in May, concludes that counseling, truth and accepting Jesus is the path to over coming homosexuality.

On a recent blog post, “Beware the Gay Suicide Card,” Janice Graham offered her own theory on hearing over and over that gays commit suicide if they aren’t accepted by their family or church:

“Could it be that there are hidden factors at work that contribute to gay youth suicides?” she asked.

“How about encouragement to adopt a popularized but unnatural sexual label? How about addiction to soul-killing same-sex pornography? How about being introduced by adults to behaviors too heinous to mention in polite society? How about being told they are forever homosexual and thinking they will never have a normal family life?”

The Grahams claim that their son, Andrew, resisted homosexual urges and is now living happily as an “ex-gay” man.

The deal to stock Chased by an Elephant at WalMart was arranged by Brigham Distributing and announced on Standard of Liberty’s website. The book is also available for order on Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon websites.

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  1. Yay for walmart! Teenagers are old enough to know right from wrong and that it's important to resist improper urges, straight or gay.

    It's not just a Mormon thing either, it's about overcoming the natural man.

    1 Corinthians 2:14

    But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10:02am
  2. @ alan:

    Doesn't anything "natural", by definition, come from God (supposedly)? If so, why must we "overcome the natural man", as you put it? To me that translates as: overcoming God. Logic error…does not compute.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10:34am
  3. Alan - it would seem illogical if your definition was correct, but it is the complete opposite. The "natural man" is an enemy to God because he/she is acting on their own desires and will - not that of God's will. It goes back to the original Fall of Adam and Eve. We are subjected to two forces - the evil force wants us to disregard God's plan of true happiness and go after base desires of gluttony, sex, gambling, addictive behaviors, all of which distance ourselves from God. He wants us to use the gifts He gave us of love, devotion, sexual appetites, charity and unselfishness to use in His proper framework of a committed marriage between a man and woman.

    Replied on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 3:49pm
  4. what morons. I understand you have religious freedom but so should people have the freedom to their own sexuality choice. this is just WRONG!

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 1:21pm
  5. God created us this way. He wouldn't create us as sinners. We are born into this world pure thanks to Jesus' death on the cross for our future sins. So why then are religious fanatics trying to tell us that we are damned?

    He also says that the best thing we can do is love one another. I think everyone looking down their noses at us has forgotten that.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 1:24pm
  6. GOD NEVER created a gay man or a gay woman you need to read the bible if you see anything in the bible that says GOD created people that are gay i promise i will never preach on what is going to happen to gays again. but you or anyone for that matter will never find in the word of GOD where he created gay people.

    Replied on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 4:40pm
  7. You are not created pure. You are created a sinner. Everyone is. That is why you and everyone else needs a Savior.

    Replied on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:51pm
  8. This is horrible. People like this piss me off to no end? You’re telling children that the way they are is wrong and unnatural? Yes, of course, it must be the gays corrupting children.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 4:35pm
  9. WHy are ‘the religious’ SO obsessed with what is going on in the bedrooms of people they don’t even know?

    Seriously religious people, get a life.


    Take the stick out and LIVE.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 5:50pm
  10. Why put what is going on in your bedroom out there?

    Replied on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:49pm
  11. I’m wondering whether the title of this article would be “Catholic Children’s Book on Overcoming Homosexuality” if the authors had been Catholic? The book was not published by the LDS Church nor has its endorsement. If it had been a book about blacks or Jews and written by a Baptist would that have been mentioned in the title? When Suze Orman authors a book should the title say “Lesbian Author Publishes New Book on How to Finance Your Retirement?”

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 8:19pm
  12. It got you to read it, didn't it? Mission accomplished.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 11:55am
  13. I hope one day in my lifetime we'll see religion abolished. It's slowly happening but not quick enough for my liking. Evil evil organizations.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10:03pm
  14. Wow… Not sure what to say. I mean there are far worst things we need to worry about. I wish people would leave gays alone. Let them live their lives!! I mean yes the bible does say that marriage is between a man and a woman so on that note it is wrong. But God sent Jesus to die for our sins so it is forgiven. I guess I have mixed feelings about the situation. I do believe that they should have every right straight people have because there is no difference.. Except they like the same gender.

    Posted on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10:46pm
  15. this is great! As a teenager I desperately wanted someone to understand what I was going through, and help me not be gay anymore. If this will help one person become ex-gay it will change their life forever!

    I had to do it the harder way, alone. but i made it :)

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 12:56am
  16. Feh. Give it time. Here's hoping you won't hate yourself forever, because it's a beautiful world out there. Learn to love.

    Replied on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 5:11pm
  17. Nobody I know who has tried and been through all the therapy, electro shock and mental, prayed and fasted etc. etc. etc. has ever become an "ex-gay" I hate to be facetious but this sounds like a straight person trying to prove their point.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 8:04pm
  18. You're not and ex-gay. You are an unhappy gay guy pretending to be straight. Trying to be someone who you are not is pretty sinful too. And do you really believe that Jewish guy named Jesus cares?

    Replied on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 6:43pm
  19. This disgusts me. This is 2010. A new age. When Gay marriage is legal and the U.S. President is black. People chose to be anything they want. It may not be your belief or ideal way of life, but it is for others.

    When we grow up as kids we're told "You can be anything you want to be!" So why can't we be gay/bi/trans-gender what have you? It's our lives, our bodies. We do what we want with it.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3:02am
  20. These people must be kidding. If you're you're gay. You can't overcome it. It IS you. I am Catholic that supports Gay Marriage. Some People are just idiots.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 4:18am
  21. It’s a wonder the hate that can be taught by some of these “Christians” still isn’t frowned upon by more people.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 4:42am
  22. Not really. Hatred is so much easier to accept than love. Love requires thought, consideration, education. Hatred is just an easy pass to acceptance to a certain group that gets off on it.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 2:50pm
  23. Who cares, only rednecks and retards shop at that store, and they are the ones that already feel this way about Gays. Why can’t we teach Tolerance? True tolerance for fellow human beings! Why does ANY religion get a say about MY life? I don’t believe in your God or your religion, and yet I tolerate you and your offspring. Leave your mythical religion in your church and your home and keep it out of my life.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 7:12am
  24. I was expecting some retarded homophobic comments on this article, but it seems that people nowadays are opening their eyes to the real evil: homophobia, not homosexuality. Seriously, I can't see ANY logical, or even moral reason to hate gays so much. Those people who want gays to die are the ones who should burn in hell. You guys however are a lot smarter than that. Thank you!

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 8:17am
  25. no. im sorry but you are wrong about people opening there eyes. i wish they would but the blind ones are to busy to reply because there out putting words in their gods mouth. sometimes i wish you could beat some since into them but it would only add on to the brain damage they already suffer from. also they have trouble working the "world wide webs"

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 4:59am
  26. @BobS,

    The book here supports it’s argument via direct appeal to LDS beliefs, which is why it’s relevant. That’s the difference between this and your ridiculous example, which could be a million things – Blonde lesbian bipedal human being who owns a cat and a house and drives a car, etc – all could be tagged onto the author’s name but it should be obvious why we don’t do that. Show where she is doing specific “lesbian” finance and maybe it can be appended.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 9:13am
  27. One of the main things that bonds a radical religion's members together is hate and fear of another group.Fear of anyone not in their like thinking group and misunderstanding of different cultures..Pretending to be persecuted also works wonders..I am straight but could care less what someones sexual desires are .It makes no difference in the world..The bedroom is off limits to religion!Everyone should read "Under the Banner of Heaven",know thy enemy and win the war…If you haven't read this you will be shocked.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 11:41am
  28. @nate

    you opinion is disturbing the notion tha homosexuality can be cured is inacurate and damages the lives of all people who are confused about their sexual identity. you are an insult to all those that share our name.

    the problemb isn't the coroption of the minds of those who shop at walmart but that of their childeren.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 12:42pm
  29. Well, this is certainly a waste of trees.

    Dear Janette, I think children can get their own ideas of "a clear light of truth" without having it shoved down their throats before bedtime. And their version is probably going to be a heck of a lot less ignorant than yours.


    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 1:00pm
  30. Religion of any sort is a set of beliefs by which it's members adhere. They are supported in Christianity by the words and concepts of the Bible that describe what "sin" is. The Bible clearly states that acting upon the urges of homosexuality is a sin. But we all have the free agency to chose right or wrong. But even if we chose wrong it is up to true Christians to love us unconditionally.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 2:32pm
  31. Just once, I'd like to meet a member of a religious organization that actually adheres to the set of beliefs that they claim to follow. I'm still waiting...

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 3:00pm
  32. If it's ok to have a book called "Heather Has Two Mommies", which attempts to show the lesbien lifestyle as normal, then it's ok to have this book too.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 2:45pm
  33. Pretty sure they don't sell "Heather Has Two Mommies" at Walmart. I don't want to be optically molested by this filth while I'm buying Bic pens in bulk

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 4:50am
  34. You 'gays' are being played. This is only a back door way (no pun intended) to diminish freedom of religion. Wake up. You're just pawns in a satanic chess game and you'll be discarded once your usefulness is gone.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3:27pm
  35. yes... you figured out the secrete plan of gays. we all love Satan and his cousin satin (because he makes the most fabulous curtains) and every satanic meeting starts off with us singing "its raining men!!! HALLELUJAH!!! ITS RAINING MEN!!! .... sorry got carried away. lol because Satan's secret plan was to give up his old job and just be gay until all the homophobes ruined that for him. it

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 5:11am
  36. Where's the pun in "back door"? Oh well... I have no problem with freedom of religion. Why don't we invite some of the tribes in South America up here for a little picnic? After all, cannibalism is just the act of one group of people practicing their "freedom of religion" isn't it? If you want to practice your religion, I have no problem as long as you don't hurt anyone, or force anyone to follow it. After all, you have no right to tell anyone else what to practice--not if you truly want "freedom of religion".

    Replied on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 3:09pm
  37. Ok, this is coming from a straight white male, so don't hate too much. Balance ignorance with awareness. I somehow think that people are being played against each other in this great battle of consumership, when what should really matter is that we all accept everyone, even the stupid ones, with the same compassion and understanding that we would want them to give to us. Until then, why lower yourselves to protesting stupidity, trying to repress this authors freedom of expression, sexuality and religion, because all in all, isn't this the same battle that the LGBT community has been fighting for ages? The battle of acceptance, understanding, freedom of speech, sexuality and religion, also means having to respect the views of straight people, hardcore Christians, fundamentalist, and although you don't have to agree with them, you should allow them to express themselves and have the same freedoms that you desire. Just something to think about, do you really want to be as oppressive and judgmental as the people you have fought tooth and nail for ages for acceptance?

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 10:07pm
  38. a book like this can do horrible damage to a child who is learning his or her sexuality and it also will teach hate of someone who is different. What happens when a child is becoming aware that their sexuality is different than what this evil book preaches? Will the child think mommy and daddy will now hate me? Will I be cast into a lake of fire? This is whats wrong with this "idea" of freedom of expression. It can do terrible harm to the innocence of a young gay child looking for acceptance in one big confusing world.

    Replied on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:54pm
  39. I'm so glad I had a strong enough inner voice to help me escape the Christian lifestyle while I was a young adult. I never felt that anything they taught me was really valid. It always seemed very deluded to me, even at a young age. I'm happier now as an adult than I have ever been. I have a close relationship with God and it is richer for the lack of dogma.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 10:25pm
  40. Thank God that there are many ways of overcoming the Mormon religion and its message of condemnation of homosexuality. There are even pro-gay Mormon groups (on the web) who will help gay Mormons live a happy, loving and fulfilled life as a homosexual.

    Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 11:27pm
  41. This is NOT an LDS book! What sloppy and misleading journalism! Just because the couple that wrote the book are LDS does not mean this is a book officially published or recognized by the LDS church (and it isn't!!!) This actually CONTRADICTS the Church's official stance on homosexuality, which is, for those who bother to pay attention; that homosexuality is most likely biological, that some can lead straight lives but MOST CANNOT, and that to follow God's commandments homosexuals should remain celibate.

    Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:53am
  42. Eris - I think you're not positioning the correct "stance" by the LDS Church and you would be better off providing a link to the official statement. The recent talk by Elder Packard clearly stated that God did not create anyone as homosexuals. Some may have a struggle with it but NOBODY is unable to escape it or avoid starting the detrimental practice through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The biggest kept secret in the LGBT community is recovering homosexuals. They fight viciously against allowing this information out that many have "returned" to God. It refutes the argument that it is biological and unchangeable. I know personally someone who changed and leads a much happier lifestyle. But like any addiction, he has to steer clear of the temptation to give in to base desires that bring nothing but unhappiness. This applies to any sexual deviation outside of marriage (infidelity, premarital, etc.). It is only temporary pleasure that leaves one more unfulfilled - hence the high suicide rate among homos in countries like Holland that are completely accepting of homosexuality. It the most ungay of any lifestyle hence the irony of choosing the term to convince the world and themselves it is fun and happy. I never use the misnomer because it is double-speak.

    Replied on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 4:15pm
    and you people wonder why these kids are committing suicide.
    it's because of these types of people.
    seriously. wow. people. I wish these people would smarten up for once. it's not a disease. my god.
    bad choice on your part, walmart. wow.

    Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 1:20pm
  44. Gay suicide happens because of a society that people like the Graham's have created…not because homosexuality is unnatural. We could say that Down Syndrome is unnatural. We could say that mixed races is unnatural. We could go on and on until the only NATURAL thing is a white man and white woman producing white children. I'm all for people's personal beliefs, but when those beliefs cause violence and death (whether by someone else or self-inflicted) then the church has lost its way.

    Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 3:47pm
  45. This to me is no different than if someone where to come out and write a book on why being african american is going against god, or writing about the fact that women are worthless, or redeeming the catholic priests that moleste children. To publish something like this is not only ignorant but goes against ..oh yeah…THE BIBLE. If you read it and, I dont know maybe, pay attention, you will realize that ITS NOT YOUR PLACE TO JUDGE ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. What people do in their own bedrooms is their own business, and If they so choose to lead an open lifestyle so be it. If they believe in any god its between them, not some moron that believes they have any right to tell another person how to live your life. How many of you "christians" that are against gay people, beat your wifes or children, screw your families, get abortions, have drug addictions, or anything else that the bible says is not right? There is no room for hypocrisy because That is all this crap is.

    Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 4:52pm
  46. You want to know what in tired of? I'm tired of "homosexuals" trying to justify their behavior by acting like the Victims, You all know who you are and what you are period, quit trying to point the finger in all the different directions besides yourself, because you know dam well you are living in sin. Stop trying to act like the cat that swallowed the canary, All gay activist and antigay crusaders can search inside your self’s and you will find more hatred and resentment than the one you are claiming to receive.

    Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 12:54am
  47. Those of you who think that you beloved "jesus" gives a shit who you sleep with, well, maybe you should take a look at your own inflated ego. You know what I think? All of you homophobes can't overcome your own homoerotic fantasies. Otherwise, why the hell would you give a shit? Go move to a country where there are no freedoms if you have a problem with people living their lives. Bubye. You won't be missed, even a little.

    Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:46pm
  48. I am just curious whether Janice Graham spits or swallows.

    Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 4:08pm
  49. if I had enough money, I would buy ALL those books and quietly burn them in my backyard.

    Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 4:03pm
  50. although I do understand that banning a book or committing violence like that would lead to horrible consequences... God, I really don't know of a kind way to stop it...

    Replied on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 11:06pm
  51. Personally, I'd do it loudly... but that's just how I roll :)

    Replied on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:24am

    Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 12:21pm
  53. I don't see what the up roar is about, Gays have always been here, ever since the Bible exposed them as Sodom-mites . If I am not mistaken an American Citizen has the freedom of religion, being Gay is a form of religion, and for those who are lost in transition of words, Religion is so: the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices. Now Christian Believe in Jesus Christ and follow him, “to the best of their ability of course” See when a gay author writes a book about boy's screwing boy's, and girls playing with plastic toys with other girls, and it's sold all over the world, no one go crazy, and said hate homos, and accuse homos of hate crimes, “Grow the hell up” and were going to boycott all stores that sell these books, no I don’t think so. We know that your here with us on the earth. People have a choice to read it or not, no one put a gun to your head , and said read this or die, come on now. This just shows how weak minded people have become, even in their own religious belief. Just because the Koran exist, I should go crazy an have a fit, scream, yell and kick, and attack all Koran readers. This is their Religious Beliefs not mine. See I have family members that are gay, but because he shows up at thanksgiving dinner wearing high heels, I slap him in the face, and say your not gay, no I am just thankful he showed up, even in his heels, yes I don't like it, it's not my job to like it, that GODS job, but in the end we still have to live here together. People can talk, but you don't have to listen, If you let people get to you, your the only one who loses, because you have no self control.

    Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 2:12am
  54. ex-gay?! oh come on….the boy is hiding something from you mom….:c

    Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:27am
  55. I agree with you one hundred percent!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 4:08pm
  56. Poor Andrew. Seriously.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 9:03pm
  57. If you believe that God is omnipotent and benevolent (as most Christians do)… then I think it's safe to say that He doesn't make mistakes. God made me gay and God loves me just the way I am. And neither of us care what you have to say about it, anyway.

    Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 6:22pm