US ‘Gay Cure’ Pastor Charged With Sexual Assault Of Men
An American Christian pastor who tried to ‘cure’ gay people has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting two of the men he was supposedly ‘counseling’ to rid them of their gayness.
The 55 year old reverend Ryan J, from Cambridge, Minnesota, stands accused of eight felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges relative to repeated molestation of two men over a two year period
Muehlhauser was senior pastor at Lakeside Christian Church and also was a counsellor of Robbinsdale-based Outpost Ministries, its website claims it was founded over 30 years ago in order to assist men and women ‘break away from gay life’.
Attempts to ‘cure’ homosexuality have been denounced by every major professional psychiatric bodies and organisations around the world. The World Health Organization in North America labelled such attempts as misguided and dangerous.
According to papers, Muehlhauser was trying to ‘cure’ the two victims of homosexuality and allegedly he fondled them as well as asking them to masturbate for him. One claims that Muehlhauser ‘blessed’ him by cupping his genitals outside his clothing and says the pastor asked him to masturbate in front of him for ‘spiritual strength’.
According to local media reports, the other victim says he was fondled for most of this year and Muehlhauser was worried he would ‘lose everything’ if his secret was discovered. Both men went to another Outpost counsellor to report the abuse, who in turn reported it to the authorities.
‘There is nothing more predatory than taking two individuals whose faith and whose trust is put into their minister and their spiritual leader and then abusing them in the name of the Lord.’ said assistant attorney Stacy St George, in court:
The vile and dangerous Outpost Ministry’s website states: ‘The Father’s great desire for those struggling with same-sex attractions and other sexual and relational brokenness motivated him to send his one and only son Jesus to be the way out of slavery to sin. There is freedom from homosexuality, addictions, despair.’
Lakeside Christian Church has said it is ‘deeply saddened’ by these allegations and it urged other potential victims to contact the authorities.