08 May 2010

HYPOCRISY WITH 2 CAPITAL R'S


HYPOCRISY WITH 2 CAPITAL R'S:
REKERS & RENTBOY

hypocrisy
: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform

Anti-gay activist
George Rekers
outed by
Miami New Times



My husband will attest to the fact that I get emotional over stories about almost anyone's misfortune. I cry at sad movies. I blubber over news reports. I've had to pull my car off the road while listening to heart-wrenching stories on the radio because I couldn't see through my tears.
Yet, I admit that when I witness the public exposure of a hypocrite, even though it may be a personal tragedy for the sanctimonious fraud, I can't help but experience a certain perverse glee.
I have no problem with gay sex between consenting adults. What annoys me is when someone does everything in his power to condemn homosexuality and then engages in the very behavior he condemns.

George Alan Rekers is a Baptist minister and one of America’s leading anti-gay activists and a board member for the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a prominent “ex-gay” organization that claims it can "cure" gay people. Yet Rekers hired a companion from rentboy.com to accompany him on a ten-day trip to Madrid and London.
While Rekers claims he had no idea that his companion was a prostitute when he hired him to carry his luggage, Miami New Times reports that Rekers admitted he met his escort (who the newspaper calls Lucien) at rentboy.com, a website that is transparently gay. Later he claimed that he took the boy to Europe to introduce him to Jesus.

"Rentboy.com... is the only website on which... [Lucien] advertises his services. Neither Google nor any other search engine picks up individual Rentboy.com profiles... You cannot just happen upon one.
"To arrive at Lucien’s site, Rekers must have accepted Rentboy.com’s terms of use, thereby acknowledging he was not offended by graphic sexual material. He then would have been transported to a front page covered with images of naked, tumescent men busily sodomizing each other.
"Then Rekers must have performed a search. Did he want a “rentboy,” a “sugar daddy” or a “masseur”? In what country? And what city? If Rekers searched for a rent boy in Miami, he would have found approximately 80 likely candidates. He must have scrolled down the first page, past the shirtless bears and desperate ex-models, and on to page 2. There, at last, was Lucien."
Rekers stated, "It is absolutely true that I hired... [Lucien] and he worked for me as a travel companion and not as a prostitute."
Rekers advised Lucien to avoid the press. However, the young man made statements to the Miami New Times that contradicted Rekers' statements that he hired him to help with his luggage and that he was trying to save the soul of a lost sinner.
[Lucien] "...has told Miami New Times the Baptist minister [Rekers] is a homosexual who paid him to provide body rubs once a day in the nude, during their ten-day vacation in Europe.
"Rekers allegedly named his favorite maneuver the 'long stroke' -- a complicated caress 'across his penis, thigh... and his anus over the butt cheeks,' as the escort puts it. 'Rekers liked to be rubbed down there,' he says."
As was pointed out on another atheist blog, "Hypocrisy among Christian religious extremists is as commonplace as weird facial expressions from Sarah Palin." We must remember that Rekers' probable gay sex isn't the issue. The issue is that Rekers has time and again vilified homosexuality ---and is a hypocrite as well. According to Rachel Maddow, Rekers recently was listed as a member of a group which sent a letter to all 14,800 school superintendents in the country to explain that homosexual feelings among their students can be treated with therapy. (Incidentally, the letter was produced by the American College of Pediatricians, a right-wing anti-gay group that is trying to hoodwink people into believing it is the real physicians group, the American Academy of Pediatrics.)
Along with James Dobson, Rekers co-founded the Family Research Council. He is considered a leading scholar for the Christian Right and has influenced government by advising Congress, the White House, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Rekers was paid $60,000 to be an "expert" witness against gay adoption in Florida and he testified against gay foster parents in Arkansas for another large fee. Yet, Rekers frequently takes in foster children and adopted a 16-year-old boy four years ago.
Oops! Did he perhaps testify against himself?
NARTH has been predictably silent on this situation but promises a statement soon.

Sources (which include more information):

(Indented statements in green are quoted from the Miami New Times website.)

2 comments:

lyptis said...

Same here, it makes me sad to see people miserable or hear sad stories, watch the news.
But when hypocrites are finally found out, i think its super awesome and justice has been done. Its hilarious really.

Seems to be very common that the christian hardliner conservatives get caught out for being gay. They got some sort of mental ilness perhaps, that they are in such denial?
Ah, yeah, it comes with the faith. Christians are the biggest hypocrites.

libhom said...

Anyone who has visited Rentboy.com can only laugh at Rekers' claim that he did not hire a prostitute.

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