"I was asked not to speak because of what I had said in Q-Notes," Bakker confirmed. "They weren't very happy about it. "They never asked me what my thoughts or feelings on homosexuality actually were. So when they asked me after the fact, 'do you think it's a sin?" I had to tell them what I felt. I told them I was leaning towards no on that and we apparently didn't see things from the same perspective." (1)Miller contacted Exodus which confirmed that they canceled Bakker:
"Upon learning of some theological differences regarding the issue of homosexuality, we have chosen to pursue other speaker options at our national conference and Youth Day event," [Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International] wrote. (1)Exodus' Bakker uninvite seems to be a major oversight on its part that raises several questions:
- Why would Exodus invite a speaker to its conference without verifying he shared its same theology?
- Why didn't Bakker's initial refusal to sign Exodus' speaker agreement raise red flags to conference organizers?
- Why were conference organizers so insistant on having Bakker appear at this particular conference that featured Jerry Falwell -- a man the Bakker family would seem to have a bitter history with?