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Scandal snares yet another anti-gay activist

Post by shanaya on May 5th 2010, 7:38 pm

By Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - Another anti-gay activist, another homosexual sex scandal.

Same-sex rights proponents in the United States were revelling in the news Wednesday that George Rekers, a prominent Christian scholar and "gay cure" crusader, hired a male prostitute for a 10-day European jaunt.

The Miami New Times, a entertainment publication that publishes twice monthly, confronted Rekers at the Miami airport with the man, who advertised on a sexually explicit gay website — — as a travel companion.

When first approached by the New Times, Rekers said he simply hired the man to carry his luggage because he's recovering from back surgery. Later, in a Facebook message, Rekers said he was trying to educate his "travel assistant" about the evils of his way of life.

"Like Jesus Christ, I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them," said Rekers, who has called the New Times article slanderous.

"If you talk with my travel assistant ... you will find I spent a great deal of time sharing scientific information on the desirability of abandoning homosexual intercourse, and I shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail."

The story is travelling like wildfire through the blogosphere, where Rekers is being accused of hypocrisy as the latest anti-gay public figure in the United States to become ensnared in a homosexual sex scandal.

What's particularly compelling about this scandal, said Patrick Connors, who blogs about gay issues for SF Weekly in San Francisco, is the fact that Rekers has spent much of his career espousing the belief that homosexuals can be cured of their sexual orientation.

"Scandals like these are helpful because there are a lot of people who are easy to manipulate in this country," Connors said in an interview Wednesday.

"And the more these kinds of scandals erupt, the harder it will be for them to be able to get away with their brand of chicanery."

Rekers is the co-founder of the conservative Christian group Family Research Council and once testified in a Florida court case that adoption by gay parents would be damaging to the children.

In a piece he wrote for the St. Thomas Law Review, he compared gay foster or adoptive parents to drug addicts, terrorists and pedophiles.

He joins a long list of those on the religious and political right in the United States who have decried homosexuality or voted against civil rights for gays and lesbians only to become embroiled in a gay sex scandal.

In November 2006, tele-evangelist Ted Haggard, 53, resigned as the head of the National Association of Evangelicals after admitting "sexual immorality" and methamphetamine use. He entered extensive counselling following a male prostitute's allegations that he was paid to have sex and do drugs with Haggard for three years.

Also in 2006, Republican congressman Mark Foley resigned in disgrace after news broke that he'd sent raunchy messages and e-mails for more than 10 years to teenaged boys in the congressional page program. Foley was one of the leading opponents of child pornography in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Republican Sen. Larry Craig also resigned in 2007 after soliciting sex from an undercover police officer in an airport bathroom. He had twice voted against adding the words “sexual orientation” to federal hate crimes laws, and also pushed to give states the right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage.

"I am not gay, I don’t do these kinds of things," Craig famously said as the scandal emerged.

More recently, Republican Roy Ashburn, 55, a California senator from the conservative community of Bakersfield, admitted in March that he was gay after being arrested on drunk driving charges behind the wheel of his state car. He was apparently driving home from the Miss Gay Latina Sacramento pageant at a gay club in the city.

The divorced father of four frequently voted against gay rights legislation in California. He was put on probation for three years after pleading no contest last month to drunken driving charges.

Many of the men who have been involved in such scandals are over 50, and grew up in an era where there was still a stigma attached to being gay, Connors said.

"There's certainly generational complications, but there's also a great deal of religious conflict within the psyches of these people — their churches have told them it's sinful and it's wrong," he said.

"But just as interesting is the financial enticement for a guy like Rekers who has participated in an industry — the ex-gay movement — that makes him money and is becoming more organized.

Several different pro-family groups are working together on such programs, Connors noted.

"They're promoting the idea that you don't have to be gay, because if you aren't gay, you can get married, you won't be discriminated against — they're pushing this message that homosexuality is a choice, and some people are vulnerable to it."
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Re: Scandal snares yet another anti-gay activist

Post by krstnvnc on May 6th 2010, 1:37 am

I'm sorry. I totally agree that it is a lifestyle choice. As you go thru stages of life you grow through decisions that YOU yourself make that determine the direction of your path. You choose to pick up a cigarette & smoke it & continue use & become addicted, this began with a choice. Drinking, same senario, "light" drug use for recreation, weed, pills, again a choice to enjoy that feeling. If you continue in it, it usually will turn into an addiction. The list goes on. Smoking, drinking, drug use do not have rights attatched to them, they have YOU attatched to them. People always want to find an excuse to pawn it off on it has to be a chemical imbalance that causes such behavior & they "can't control", phoey if you have the ability to make the initial effert/choice, you then have the control, it is YOU that is behind whatever wheel you are driving.

I have people close to me that have chosen this lifestyle & I RESPECT their choice & accept their choice, but I do not extend rights to that choice. This is a line that is a totally grey area & no one will ever agree on one way or the other or come to a happy medium. I do not see where they are banned/branded. I think they themselves put the bullseye target on themself play up the part just as much as the idiots out there that are shooting at that target due to pure hatred which I find totally appalling.

Life, now there's a concept in itself, it's all choices that make up each one of us. We are all complexities of multiple choices combined that make up what ONE personality we each become. That makes us an "Individual", wow another concept. Once THAT concept clicks in each one of us as to how it applies to us it works the same way for the next one hundred that you come across & not one will be the same, simular, but never the same, that's what makes life interesting to an extent. Lord I'd hate to live in a world full of carbon copies of me, what I am in a bottle, how mundane & boring would that be & how lonely would that be.

This subject is a very complex yet simple system when you get right down to the brass taxes.

Just my 5 cents worth. & I think you all know me well enough that I do not judge people by their choices, I search for what is in their heart. That to me is the ONLY area that truly forms an individual. & that is where your soul lies within.

Me, of course I am flawless LOL, but really, I'm a loyal to a fault, gullible beyond belief due to the trusting nature that I place upon others. I give them exactly what I give myself & that has been a downfall on my end many times over for disappointments are inevidable, but yet, I let myself open for the next to expeirence the same for again, what you see is what you get with me, & what I see I take in on others, so all these alter egos, duplicates that play head games I fall for simply because of my nature/choice of how I accept "people". I expect to receive exactly what I emit, open & honesty. It saddens me that people cannot seem to grasp this "simple" way to live. If everyone did do just that could you imagine the peace & the way life would play out? Nieve, I know.

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