The Washington Post reports:
The first spa targeted in the Atlanta-area killings this week was in an area very familiar to Robert Aaron Long. It is located within a mile of an evangelical treatment facility where Long, charged in the shootings, spent time as a patient for what he described as “sex addiction,” according to a former roommate.
The evangelical facility, HopeQuest in Acworth, Ga., sits in a secluded forest at the end of a residential street about 30 miles outside Atlanta and down the road from Young’s Asian Massage. HopeQuest has ties to major evangelical institutions and has promoted “ex-gay therapy,” the idea that people can become heterosexual through counseling.
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The Atlanta shooter went to an evangelical “sex addiction” rehab at a facility that has also specialized in gay “conversion” therapy — less than a mile from Young’s Asian Massage. My latest on HopeQuest Ministries with @spulliam.https://t.co/A5YYsDcCP4
— Jonathan L. Krohn (@JonathanLKrohn) March 19, 2021
“HopeQuest is affiliated with several large evangelical churches in and around Atlanta, including the North Point megachurch and the historical First Baptist Church of Woodstock. … it is also a “professional” affiliate of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family. 😐 https://t.co/kXpH97X1fs
— Dr. Janet Frick 🍑💙 (@jfrickuga) March 19, 2021
"The founder of HopeQuest, Roy Blankenship, was once considered one of the nation’s foremost conversion therapists.
…Blankenship retired as chair of the board at HopeQuest in December 2018. He renounced conversion therapy and publicly came out as gay the following year. " https://t.co/kz3my5zso8
— Jonathan Dresner (@jondresner) March 19, 2021