I saw in another thread that he's starting something called reducefear.org - but things are still sketchy on that. If he's truly come around, then I hope this is something to reduce intolerance and hate (since 'fear' is a distinct misnomer).
I hadn't heard about that. That does, hopefully, show some promise, if he's going to be starting an organization that would be constructive and positive. I'm interested to see how he'll go about that.
Although it could be fairly argued that most hate springs from fear; I do think it's justly called "homophobia."
It will indeed be interesting to see if he follows through with something genuinely positive. The apology is a beginning, but only if it signals a real willingness to be part of the solution instead of the problem; there is really no way to just say "whoops, sorry" for having driven people to despair and even suicide, and to his credit he does at least sound like he's aware of that.
I felt like in a religious sense, rejection of LGBTQA rights and persecuting them as fear (not so much hate per se
), since there is the looming threat that the behavior would be seen as sinful and warranting punishment. So in that sense, I think "homophobia" is appropriate when applied to those who treat non-hetero sexualities and gender identities badly, since many do so out of a fear of hell (for self and others), in a way. It does tie back into fear, at least in this sense, to some degree.
I definitely think the apology and closing that ministry's doors is a good first step. I actually look forward to this man following through with some better behavior, even if I'm skeptical about it.