Saturday, May 08, 2010

CNN, other media report on religious right leader George Rekers use of escort on a vacation

CNN's Randi Kaye provides a video report on the religious right leader George Rekers and his gay travel companion . According to Kaye, the companion had been found on the site “rentboy” and that Rekers wrote a contract for companionship and “massages” during a recent overseas trip.




Steve Rothaus of the Miami Herald has the story (link) (reprinted in the Boston Herald) presented the account of escort Jo-vanni Roman, who did not look like he had many Neanderthal genes. Rekers reportedly is connected to the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), which offers this response (link) to the story on Rekers.

The hypocrisy is certain on a scale of that of Ted Haggard.

Update: May 16

Check the May 16 op-ed "A Heaven-Sent Rent-Boy" by Frank Rich, link here in The New York Times, p 10. Rich writes "There is nothing funny about the destruction his writings and public activities have sown." His writings are called "screeds" in the piece. The op-ed mentions the 1982 book "Growing up straight: What families should know about homosexuality" by Rekers from Moody Press (not a very high sales rank on Amazon) as a screed that refers to earlier writings. But here is a similar 1968 book by Peter Wyden "Growing Up Straight: What Every Thoughtful Parent Should Know About Homosexuality", which I recall from much earlier days.  Wyden had written "we want every young man to grow up to be sexually normal" and actually presented Nazi-like passages linking physical "inadequacy" to homosexualtiy. This was published by Stein and Day. But during the 1960s this sort of view was starting to die down as the Vietnam War perked (and brought so many half-open gays into the military without any fuss).

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