Bigoted shitheads acting out on the ideology promoted by Christian Taliban leaders such as George Rekers.
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George Rekers, a militant Christian fundamentalist who co-founded the "Family Research Council," has been caught with a rent boy from RentBoy.com. (Raw Story 5/4/10)
The escort said he had met George Rekers, professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina, on RentBoy.com. Rekers, when confronted, didn't deny that he'd met the callboy online, but said he had hired him to help him carry his baggage and didn't learn he was generally hired for "private company" until mid-way through his European vacation.
"I had surgery," Rekers told Miami's New Times, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him." (The paper noted that it didn't stop him from pushing a "tottering" pile of luggage through Miami International Airport.)
I'm sure you're shocked, just shocked, to read this.
Hypocrisy among Christian religious extremists is as commonplace as weird facial expressions from Sarah Palin, but Rekers' excuse is novel. I just checked out RentBoy.com, and it is totally obvious that the guys there are sex workers, not valets.
I've wondered how much hypocrisy among Muslim religious extremists we would find if there were even marginal press freedom in predominantly Islamic societies. My suspicion is that Osama bin Laden totally goes crazy with the booze, the opium, and the hookers.
All humor aside, Rekers has worked very hard to promote bigotry, discrimination, and violence against queers. That is the true scandal, not hiring a prostitute. Yet, I bet the corporate media will make the sex, not the oppression, the scandal.
Reker's attacks on the queer community have been quite recent. (San Diego Gay and Lesbian News 5/4/10)
Rekers, a Baptist minister, is considered one of the most prominent anti-gay activists in the U.S. He frequently testifies for the Christian right in court cases involving gay rights. He was an “expert” witness for the Christian right in a 2008 case defending Florida’s ban on gay adoption and in a 2004 case in Arkansas, also on the same issue. In both cases, attorneys for the other side widely disputed his expertise.
Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out provides further background on this dangerous religious extremist.
George A. Rekers is not a household name, but if you own an anti-gay book the chances are his name is in your household, buried deep in the book’s endnotes. While Rekers keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people.
He is the author of numerous books including, “Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Identity” and “Growing Up Straight: What Every Family Should Know About Homosexuality.” A major anti-gay figure that used to work at University of South Carolina, Rekers is a founder of the Family Research Council, a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, (NARTH) and testified as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in both Arkansas and Florida.
In other words, Rekers is part of the psuedointellectual infrastructure of the Christian Taliban.