Ahhh, The Joys Of Fundie “Hyp-COCK-arcy”: Anti-Gay Whackjob George Rekers And His “Rent Boy”….Errrrrrrrrrrr, Assistant (Updated With Extra Maddow Snark!!!)

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Former US Senator Larry Craig’s “wide stance” in a Minnesota restroom was epic.

Former state representative Rick Allen trolling for Black dick in a Florida park was even better.

Ted Haggard “delivering the Gospel” to young altar boys was a real hoot.

And let’s not even get started with the continuous adventures of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy under Razti Benedict regarding rapist child molesting priests.

But all these tales of sexual hypocrisy — condemning consensual sexual acts in public while privately attempting to take advantage of the very same services for themselves — may become mere cannon fodder compared to the sex scandal now breaking wide open today.

The subject of all this is a man named George Rekers, who is one of the leading and most open and virulent homophobes known to human kind. Reverend Rekers was one of the founding fathers, along with the more public and outspoken Gary Bauer, of the religious fundamentalist Family Research Council, an ordained Baptist minister operating out of North Miami, and one of the main spokespeople for that prominent antigay attack organization, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), whose basic belief is that gay men should either be converted to “the love of Christ” and straightened out to make babies for Jesus or wiped off the face of the earth.

This guy, indeed, is as open about his hateration for gays and other sexual deviants (as in, those who aren’t living his version of “God’s way”) as they come. So much so, in fact, that he has been called up numerous times as the Hard Religious Right’s go-to “expert” against attempts by gay folk to gain basic human rights, such as adoption or government benefits.

One such example: In 2002 Rekers was part of a group of fundie pediatricians who broke away from the more public (and more gay-accepting) American Academy of Pediatrics to form a splinter religo-fascist organization called the “American College of Pediatricians” (ACPEDS) to oppose the majority’s org’s opinion — originally issued in April of 2002 — that gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt children as parents. To that end, in March of 2002 of this year,  ACPEDS — the front org for the antigay folks — decided to team up with the Liberty Council (the political wing of Liberty University of the Falwell family fame) and that other religofascist group, James Dobson’s Focus on on Family, to produce a propaganda screed “alert” using the Liberty Council’s byline warning schools and colleges across the nation about the dire threat of the “homosexual lobby”. Snippage and bullshit follows:

The letter reminds school superintendents that it is not uncommon for adolescents to experience transient confusion about their sexual orientation and that most students will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. For this reason, schools should avoid developing policies that encourage nonheterosexual attractions among students who may merely be experimenting or experiencing temporary sexual confusion. Such premature labeling can lead some adolescents to engage in homosexual behaviors that carry serious physical and mental health risks. There is no scientific evidence that anyone is born homosexual. Therefore, the College further advises that schools should not teach or imply to students that homosexual attraction is innate, always life-long, and unchangeable. To the contrary, research has shown that therapy to restore heterosexual attraction can be effective for many people. It is not the school’s role to diagnose or attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not the school’s role to “affirm” a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation. The “Facts About Youth” website counters the propaganda published by the pro-homosexual pamphlet called “Just the Facts,” which is riddled with inaccuracies. [excerpted from Box Turtle Bulletin via Joe Jervis' blog Joe. My. God .]

NARTH, of course, is renowned for its crackheaded theory that homosexuality (and other forms of sexual “sin” like masturbation or “addiction” to pornography) is merely a disease to be treated and reversed. Fortunately, the whole scam was revealed and exposed by Timothy Kincaid of the progressive Box Turtle Bulletin, whom in April of that year this last month swiftly outed Rekers and other members of ACPEDS and NARTH and thoroughly debunked their excrescence. [5-9-10 Update: Last two graphs were edited by me to update timeline. It should be reminded that Rev. Rekers sent this letter out merely TWO WEEKS before he sought out "Lucien" for his.....ummm...special massages. WOW...tallk about a double life!!  Also...scroll to bottom for update. -- AJK]

Of course, all that zealotry makes him absolutely perfect for what he attempted to pull off recently…which would have come off were it not for the enterprising folk at the Miami New Times.

You see, Rekers operates his megachurch out of North Miami, and does regular trips around the world lecturing folk on the dangers of homosexuality…which is where the fun begins. Apparently, Rev. Rekers needed an assistant to help him carry his bags (and other stuff) for an across-the-big-pond rest trip in March…and he apparently found the perfect person who got the job done.

Problem is, he found the person on Rentboy.com. Which happens to be a very….shall we say, special kind of employment service.

And which offers…well, shall we say, a quite unique brand of professional assistant who is more than capable of…ahem-hem…multitasking.

How unique, you ask?? Just take a gander of the profile of “Lucien” as the Miami New Times named the lucky guy who ended up getting paid by Rev. Rekers for his “services”:

Weight: 132lbs (60kg), Height: 5′ 9″ (175cm), Body Hair: Smooth, Build : Lean/Swimmer, Eye Color: Blue, Hair Color : Blonde, Foreskin : Uncut, Cock Size : Large, Safe Sex : Always Safe, Sexual Position : Versatile, Sexual Orientation : Bisexual, Drugs : Non-Drug User, Smoking : Non-Smoker, Ethnicity : Latino, Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tastes / Specialties / Fetishes : Vanilla, Leather, Anal, Oral, Shaving, Spanking, Role Playing, Kissing, Toys, Feet, Talents : Modeling, Go-Go Dancing, Stripping, Massage, Travel Companion, Tour Guide, Interpreter.

And then there is this from “Lucien”‘s Rentboy dot com’s profile page :

Massage, good times, Travel, escort for days, nights and weekends, My name’s Geo. 20 year old, 5’9”, 130 pounds, 28” waist size,8×6″ UNCUT, VERSATILE, NICE ASS. Puerto Rican, fair/light-Skin, blond hair, blue eyes and athletic/muscular built. I’m a college guy, masculine, educated, really easy-going, great to get along with, can hold a conversation and passionate You could just say I love to have a good time. Very clean, professional, HIV and Disease FREE. For a sensual meet or companionship. Will do anything you say as long as you ask ;D Repeat encounters are always more exciting for me and make it more casual and comfortable for you as well. Call or text anytime.

Hold the fuck up, ‘Dog!!  I hear you thinking. “Sexual Position”?!?!?  “Cock Size”?!?!? “Fetishes”?!?!? “UNCUT”?!?!? “NICE ASS?!?!?”  What in the hell kind of qualifications is that for an assistant?? That sounds more like…a GAY MALE ESCORT!!!!!!!

Ding to the infinity, Clones…you got it correct!!! The Reverend George Rekers, antigay bigot supreme, just got caught hiring a gay male escort for 10 days of fun and frivolity. (Actually, Geo is bi…but you get the picture.)

How do we know this to be the confirmed truith?? Becaise the Miami New Times reporters who broke the story caught both “Lucien” — now confirmed under further investigation to be escorting under the name “Geo”, his profile page at Rentboy.com is here — and Rekers arriving at Miami International Airport on April 13th after their European roadie.

When confronted by the MNT with the story, Rev. Rekers confirmed that he had hired “Geo” as his assistant using Rentboy.com, and that he was aware that Geo was in fact a male escort….but he strenuously denied that there was any sexual arrangement involved in their…well, arrangement. Indeed, he even spoke about attempting his usual “witnessing” of Geo away from the “lifestyle”.  For his part, Geo/Lucien also denied that there was any sex involved, and most of the emails between them during the sojorn were stripped of any sexual banter whatsoever.

Nevertheless…the very idea that an antigay bigot would knowingly tap a gay escort site to locate an assistant for a pleasure trip which involved no business whatsoever is setting off more than the usual alarm bells about sexual hypocrisy

Needless to say, those who have been the primary victims of Rekers’ activism arenn’t buying the “no sex excuse”.  Quoting the gay blogger Joe. My. God.:

Dr. Rekers, how much DOES it cost for ten days with a barely legal, hairless, blond, hung, uncut, bisexual Puerto Rican twink who is happy to spank you and shove it up your gelatinous vile bigoted ass?

And also quoting venerable and irrepressable blogger Pam Spalding of Pam’s House Blend:

I wonder why it doesn’t have any stats on number of bags Geo can carry, or whether he performs therapeutic massage for his john client to ensure the post-surgery Rekers has adequate comfort for physical recovery?

Meanwhile, Dr. Rekers this evening posted at his Facebook page a pithy rebuttal to JMG’s challenge (yes, you can’t be a real wingnut unless you have a Facebook page), where he offered this beauty of an rationalization for hiring Geo: he was actually witnessing Geo to the “love of Christ”!! The actual FB page is now defunct, but JMG was able to capture the first paragraph of Rekers’ rebuttal thusly:

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He then directly quoted Rekers with the rest.  You’ll love this one, Clones.

I have spent much time as a mental health professional and as a Christian minister helping and lovingly caring for people identifying themselves as “gay.” My hero is Jesus Christ who loves even the culturally despised people, including sexual sinners and prostitutes. Like Jesus Christ, I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them. Mark 2:16-17 reads, “16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” 17On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” In fact, in a dialogue with hypocritical religious leaders, Jesus even stated to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. ” (Matthew 21:31).

Like John the Baptist and Jesus, I have a loving Christian ministry to homosexuals and prostitutes in which I share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them (see I Corinthians 6:8-11). Contrary to false gossip, innuendo, and slander about me, I do not in any way “hate” homosexuals, but I seek to lovingly share two types of messages to them, as I did with the young man called “Lucien” in the news story: [1] It is possible to cease homosexual practices to avoid the unacceptable health risks associated with that behavior, and [2] the most important decision one can make is to establish a relationship with God for all eternity by trusting in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, including homosexual sins. If you talk with my travel assistant that the story called “Lucien,” 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.

I mean, you gotta respect and admire the brass sac that Rev. Rekers shows….only Jesus himself is as bold as he is to go straight into the heart of The DEVIL himself and snatch one of his children from his snatches to deliver the “Good News” of the Salvation of Christ. And…it’s not hate that motivates him to attempt to change folk like Geo, its the highest Godly LOVE…even if it means going through the humiliation and the dirt and the disgust of all those unGodly unclean sexual acts of untold freakery and deviancy!! (Allegedly.)

Of course, given the megawealth of his ministry and his church and all the time he has spent overseas on high-priced luxury trips at his church’s expense (and that of the rest of us, too, thanks to the tax exempt status of his church), we can see why he would be so grateful to witness “the Gospel of Jesus Christ” to a infidel like Geo.

My only question would be this: Was that before or after Geo demonstrated his need for Rekers’ coucil with the aid of such proven “therapy”??

It must have worked well, for Rekers was, according to the MNT, seeking Geo for future trysts….ahhhhhh, I mean…seminars.

What does this sordid debachery mean to a straight (but not narrow) secularist lefty guy like moi?? Well, it means most to me that being open and honest and up front about your personal sexual choices, and not attempting to impose your beliefs on other people against their will but allowing for acceptance and diversity and mutual respect among adults, seems to be the best way in a diverse society as ours to deal with sexuality. What this also proves more than anything is that those who most offer a one-size-fits-all, universal assumption of a perfect sexuality that must be imposed under coercion and threat of death to those who don’t follow their exact script, is not only dangerous and fascistic, but simply not feasible these days in a democracy like ours.

Most of all, it reconfirms my theory that those who talk the most smack about denial and repression being the favored response to natural sexual urges tend to be the most obsessed and most dependent on those same urges themselves…and their refusal to come to grips with and accept and learn to live with these urges in a safe and sane manner but instead project their myopia and denial and hatred onto everyone else is the root of all the problems that they want to pass off to those who they want to scapegoat.

Here’s my memo to people like George Rekers: Stop the lying and the bullshit, Rev. If you are that much for having gay escorts stick their dicks in your mouth or your ass, or you just so happen to be into diaper fetishes, or if you simply have the need to get yourself off whatever way you choose, then why deny that pleasure to others?? You are not going to get struck by lightning tomorrow or grow warts or hair on your hands if you happen to touch or stroke your genitals, nor are you going to go straight to Hell tomorrow for getting a hard-on (or wet-on) over a naked or scantily clad beautiful woman with 38DD breasts showing off her bare naked vagina (or, for that matter, a handsome twink or bear flashing his 8″ schlong your face). Most gay and lesbian and bi and transgendered folk aren’t nearly as obsessed about sex as you and your fundie Christian whackoids paint them out to be; most of them simply want to live their lives in peace and harmony and have the same rights and privileges and responsibilities that straights take for granted every day. And even if some of them (just like us straight folk) do like to on occasion flaunt themselves and show up and show out their love and lust for sex on occasion, what harm does it cause you?? No one put a gun to your head and said that you had to join them; and God did invent that thing called the OFF switch or the remote control to change the channel if you don’t particularly desire that kind of entertainment.

Rather than flame out and stress yourselves to early cardiac arrest over what other consenting adults are doing to and with each other in the privacy of their own boudoirs and bedrooms (and private clubs, and cubicles), maybe you should aim your righteous guns at genuine immoralities that really can cause genuine harm to people…like, you know, bigotry and war and social inequality and ecological disaster?? I know some people living in the Gulf Coast and in Nashville who could use plenty of genuine prayer and support right about now, you know.

But I guess it’s like talking to a brick wall with these wingnut whackoid fundies, since their political and economic power combined with their control of the dominant media blinds them to any concept of true empathy for suffering or any rational thought of accepting that the world they would like to impose on everyone else just isn’t going to happen. Technology and domographics all but insure that as long as men and women have sexual thoughts and desires, they will attempt to express them in whatever way is available to them.  The fundamental battle is whether we accept this and offer safe and sane and consensual  spaces and rules of etiquette for people to acknowlege and express these desires, or whether we continue to attempt to repress and jam our myopias down other people’s throats while those with power and wealth use those having neither to game the system of sexual repression.

[Update (5-9-10): Do you really think that Rev. Rekers and his hyp-COCK-racy would slide by the likes of one Rachel Maddow??? Yeah, right.

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The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC): 5-7-10 segment on the hypocrisy of Reverend George Rekers getting caught with a “rentboy” while simultaneously preaching “ex-gay” doctrine (via MSNBC.com)

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